It’s almost time for New Year’s Resolutions, and we start with best New Year’s wishes for all of our readers and followers. Happy New Year!
What will motivate you and your organizations as you move into this new year and set strategy?
In terms of setting projects and programs to become leaner, more efficient, and to reduce your impact on the environment, will you be pushed into this by regulation, legislation, laws, and limits? Or will incentives from government, or better economics of doing things the right way have a pull on you and your projects? Or, perhaps, it’s about image – an image that your advertising is projecting, which needs to match your actual way of behaving and performing?
Resolutions are set at the end of December, looking forward towards January. Just as January is based on the Roman god Janus, with a forward and backward-looking face, the Pushmi-Pullyu, a creature from Dr. Dolittle, is the inspiration for this posting.
This is a good time to think about these forces which pull and push your organization – and thus your projects – in different directions. Your PMO sits at a key point in the organization’s ability to execute portfolios, programs and projects, all of which should be tied firmly to the enterprise’s mission and values. In our book (“Green Project Management“, CRC Press) we explore Interface Carpet and the way in which Ray Anderson made environmental commitments and how that in turn drove programs and projects for his enterprise – yielding tremendous savings in reduced waste, improvements in employee morale, and a better product.
Those of you who are sharp-eyed readers will have noted that the word “limits” above is a hyperlink. And, in typical PM, Type A Personality fashion, you may have already clicked on that link and noticed that it was from a story in today’s Boston Globe. This was another inspiration for today’s posting – the PUSH side of the equation. But even in this story, the PULL comes out. Let’s break it down for you, using some pull quotes from the story:
“Over the next decade, the plan aims to bring greenhouse gas emissions to levels that are 25 percent below those in 1990, the maximum possible limit allowed under the state Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. That legislation mandates an 80 percent reduction in statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”
“Under the new plan, the state would cut at least an additional 7 percent through new initiatives and incentives, including a pilot program to make auto insurance cheaper for people who drive fewer miles.”
This story is interesting enough to read separately from the blog posting and we suggest you do just that by clicking here.
However we also – as is our habit – would like to share a a couple of resources with you that resonate to this same theme – Pushmi-Pullyu.
Below is a chart from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change‘s Climate Change 101:
Note the large number of “PULL” aspects to this chart – reasons to move towards acting with greenality, based on logic and necessity rather than mandate. We think 2011 may be a key year for enterprises to realize this pull, and for governments to do whatever they can to accentuate and incentivize based on these pulls, while bringing out the mandates and limits – the pushes – where necessary.
As usual – it’s all about balance.
May 2011 be a very balanced year for all of you.