Project Management

Project Management is the practice applied in order to attain specific short and long-term results in highly complex and dynamic environments, and in a way that responds efficiently to the multiple and sometimes contradictory needs and standards of all the stakeholders involved in every step of the process. So, in order to be an efficient Project Manager you need to be able to do what is described above in the best way, which requires a wide spectrum of perspective, practice and people competencies (IPMA, 2016). These competencies, in turn, require the fundamental intellectual and moral virtues in order to be applied efficiently.

Furthermore, under the pressing need for sustainable development, project management needs to transform into a sustainable practice. With the virtues, a Project Manager develops the right disposition and ability to apply any competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) s/he has efficiently and sustainably in a way that best serves the short and long-term goals of the project while appropriately meeting the environmental, economic and social,  sustainability standards in every step of the process. Virtues help the Project Manager to be willing and able to perform sustainably at any given moment, by accurately identifying and applying the practices, behaviors and actions that promote sustainable balance.

All virtues are required for the sustainable performance, and the efficient application of every competency.

However, certain virtues are more important for certain competencies than others. For example, certain Aristotelian Virtues correspond to the perspective, practice and people competencies of IPMA (2016):

  • For practice competencies, all intellectual virtues (Judgment, Prudence, Insightfulness) are absolutely essential while various moral virtues are required as well, i.e. for “Resources”, the moral virtues of Liberality and Magnificence are required , for “Risk & Opportunity”, Courage and Liberality are required, for “Procurement”, Fairness, etc.
  • For how the virtues correspond to the people competencies see the table below:
People Competencies (IPMA, 2016) Virtues
Self-reflection & Self- management Judgment, Prudence, Temperance, Courage, Calmness
Personal Integrity & Reliability Prudence, Honor, Courage, Honesty about oneself, Judgment
Personal Communication Friendliness, Liberality, Honesty for Oneself, Humor
Relationships & Engagement Judgment , Insightfulness, Friendliness, Liberality, Honesty for oneself, Honor, Fairness
Leadership Courage, Liberality, Calmness, Fairness, Friendliness, Judgment, Prudence
Teamwork Friendliness, Liberality, Honesty for Oneself, Humor
Conflict & Crisis Courage, Judgment, Prudence, Honor Calmness, Fairness, Liberality, Insightfulness
Resourcefulness Judgment, Prudence, Temperance, Insightfulness
Negotiation Judgment, Prudence, Insightfulness, Fairness
Result Orientation Prudence, Judgment, Temperance, Honor

Dear Guests, welcome!
You are standing at the threshold of a journey, the most beautiful and meaningful journey in the world; the journey of your eudaimonic life. It is the journey that I travel as a citizen, mother, friend, colleague and in every other role in my life to discover and enjoy the wonderful opportunities to create my happiness. What is amazing in this journey is that while I try to create my own happiness, I practically contribute to the achievement of what once seemed to me an unrealistic dream; a world that is a fulfilling and safe place to live, a united world, inhabited by friendly people that are fair to each other and enjoy living in peace with each other, who care for their wellbeing while being socially responsible, who are efficient in achieving meaningful and valuable advancements, who care about creating better conditions for the next generations and humanity as a whole. Suddenly, I realized that it is my responsibility to create the world I dream of, and that to create it I do not need to do anything more than just be committed to living a eudaimonic life. This is what eudaimonic life is all about; individual wellbeing and common good, which together lead to the sustainable development of societies and humanity as a whole.

I cannot say it is always a pleasant journey, because it also requires effort and commitment. Nothing comes easily in this life, much less our happiness. On the other hand, what is my other option? Just lie back and let 'circumstances', past conditioning, unconsciously established thinking patterns, luck and anything other than my logical consciousness drive my happiness... or unhappiness, and impact other people's, the community's, even the world's happiness...or unhappiness. I have made my choice. My happiness, my eudaimonia is my most important goal in my life. This is my number one priority: not to be professionally successful, but to do so in a way that will promote my happiness; not to make money, but to earn it and to use it in a way that will promote my happiness; not to get married and have kids, but to do so in a way that will promote my happiness etc. The development of the Aristotelian virtues of the CAVE Approach© is my way to happiness, and the CAVE Approach© is my contribution to other people that are interested and determined to be happy, promoting their individual wellbeing and the common good, as it offers structured guidance and support in such endeavours.

Travelers of this journey might be considered as romantic fools or intelligent social reformers. Again, it is a matter of a virtue, specifically Judgment, to assess which one is true, and which is not. My Judgment, which I hope for the sake of all is well-developed, suggests the second is true.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this message, you might be at the threshold of a journey (if you are not already travelling on it). I really hope that you will pass over the threshold and travel on this journey with the rest of us who do believe that "our Happiness depends upon us" as Aristotle said, and that we can make the world a better place for us and next generations by just trying to live our lives well.
Thank you for stopping by, and I wish you a flourishing life!
Anastasia Moira