See as if you have not seen, Love as if you are in love!

Something to think and pray about this week

Familiarity tends to dull the senses. Places lose their magic. People are taken for granted, and at times we even take God for granted. So let us look again at the familiar: the tree-lined streets of our cities, the rivers, streams and canals, the creatures of the woodland and field, the birds of the air, the people with whom we live or meet daily in work or play, and see something of beauty and goodness. If I lost my sight, how I would long to see the texture and colour and movement in the world around me? Open my eyes and my heart to your love in the world, O Lord.

Courtesy  sacredspace

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PMdistilled PMP preparatory program at Kochi on July 16,17 @ Taj Gateway, Marine Drive

Our next PMdistilled PMP preparatory program at Kochi is scheduled on July  16th and 17th (Friday, Saturday) at the Taj Gateway Hotel, Marine Drive, Kochi.

Rather than a course, we consider this as a partnership with our students to enhance their project management skills and PMP certification. The course can be logically divided into three phases;

1) Pre-course familiarization

During this phase, the participants are introduced to the basic definitions of project management through;

a) Reading material
b) Online modules

The approximate effort required for this phase is 4 hours, and is recommended to all participants before they come for the classroom training on July 16,17th.

2) Classroom training on July 16,17

During the two days of classroom training, the participants are introduced to the 42 processes of the project management body of knowledge, with an emphasis on;

  • Structure of PMBOK
  • Nine knowledge areas and five process groups
  • Projects, programs, portfolio management, PMO
  • Project selection methods
  • Project initiation
  • Creation of the project charter
  • Stakeholder management strategy
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Estimation
  • Network diagrams
  • AOA,AON, Critical path, float, slack, crashing, fast tracking, resource leveling
  • Earned value management
  • Project closing

3) Exam preparation training

After the 2 day classroom training, the participants are provided with rigorous thands on training focused on exam preparation, for 20 hours covering questions from all the nine knowledge areas as well as two simulation tests. This phase is done as a group exercise, over adobe connect  collaboration tool, where the instructor works along with the groups very closely during this phase.

Upon completion of phase1,2 and 3, the participants are given 35 contact hours certificates, which can be used while applying for the PMP examination.

This proven three phased training method developed and proven by PMRI, will ensure your success at the PMP credential exam on the first go itself.

The course fee for all the three modules put together is Rs.12,500/- all inclusive

We offer a special discount of 2500 Rs, for the first five registrants.

Special discounts for groups of 4 and above.

Call us at 0091 9895372115 for further details.

Truly,

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Abrachan Pudussery B.E, M.S, PMP, PRINCE2, CSM, CSP
Director,
Project Management Research Institute

Blog : www.abrachan.com

email : abrachan@pmrinstitute.comabrachan@gmail.com

Use everything, you are given.

With any of the parables, we look for the central message. It does not help to seek meaning in all the little details – that is not how the Jews would read them or how Jesus intended it. He would want to convey one main lesson, as in the parable of the talents. Here you have three men with different gifts. A talent was originally a coin or a weight, but through this parable it acquired the general meaning of a gift or an aptitude with which each of us is endowed. Some have more gifts than others – that is obvious. People have different temperaments, some more optimistic than others, a more or less attractive personality, more or less brains, a stronger or sicklier body, more or less beautiful hair, skin, face, body, and so on. Jesus is saying: Use everything you are given. Live your life to the full. Do not hide away the gifts the Lord gave you, whether of personality or of brains or whatever. The biggest tragedy is a life unlived. The fact that you are endowed in a different way from your brother or sister or parents or friends, does not mean that you should hide away the abilities and personality you have. Use it to the full for other people. The central message is the real explanation: use everything you are given.

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Logotherapy

The notion of Logotherapy was created with the Greek word logos (“meaning”). Frankl’s concept is based on the premise that the primary motivational force of an individual is to find a meaning in life. The following list of tenets represents the basic principles of logotherapy:

  • Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.
  • Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.
  • We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stand we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering.

The human spirit is referred to in several of the assumptions of logotherapy, but it should be noted that the use of the term spirit is not “spiritual” or “religious”. In Frankl’s view, the spirit is the will of the human being. The emphasis, therefore, is on the search for meaning, which is not necessarily the search for God or any other supernatural being.[2] Frankl also noted the barriers to humanity’s quest for meaning in life. He warns against “…affluence, hedonism, [and] materialism…” in the search for meaning.[3]

[edit] Discovering meaning

According to Frankl, we can discover meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value – nature, a work of art, another person, i.e., love; (3) by suffering.[4] On the meaning of suffering, Frankl gives the following example:

Once, an elderly general practitioner consulted me because of his severe depression. He could not overcome the loss of his wife who had died two years before and whom he had loved above all else. Now how could I help him? What should I tell him? I refrained from telling him anything, but instead confronted him with a question, “What would have happened, Doctor, if you had died first, and your wife would have had to survive you?:” “Oh,” he said, “for her this would have been terrible; how she would have suffered!” Whereupon I replied, “You see, Doctor, such a suffering has been spared her, and it is you who have spared her this suffering; but now, you have to pay for it by surviving and mourning her.” He said no word but shook my hand and calmly left the office.[5]
— Viktor Frankl

Frankl emphasized that realizing the value of suffering is meaningful only when the first two creative possibilities are not available (for example, in a concentration camp) and only when such suffering is inevitable – he was not proposing that people suffer unnecessarily.[6]

[edit] Overcoming Anxiety

By recognizing the purpose of our circumstances, one can master anxiety. Anecdotes about this use of logotherapy are given by New York Times writer Tim Sanders, who explained how he uses its concept to relieve the stress of fellow airline travelers by asking them the purpose of their journey. When he does this, no matter how miserable they are, their whole demeanor changes, and they remain happy throughout the flight.[7]

[edit] Treatment of Neurosis

Frankl cites two neurotic pathogens: hyper-intention, a forced intention toward some end which makes that end unattainable; and hyper-reflection, an excessive attention to oneself which stifles attempts to avoid the neurosis to which one thinks oneself predisposed. Frankl identified anticipatory anxiety, a fear of a given outcome which makes that outcome more likely. To relieve the anticipatory anxiety and treat the resulting neuroses, logotherapy offers paradoxical intention, wherein the patient intends to do the opposite of his hyper-intended goal.

A person, then, who fears (i.e. experiences anticipatory anxiety over) not getting a good night’s sleep may try too hard (that is, hyper-intend) to fall asleep, and this would hinder his ability to do so. A logotherapist would recommend, then, that he go to bed and intentionally try not to fall asleep. This would relieve the anticipatory anxiety which kept him awake in the first place, thus allowing him to fall asleep in an acceptable amount of time.[8]

[edit] Frankl’s Holocaust experience

A short introduction to this system is given in Frankl’s most famous book, Man’s Search for Meaning, in which he outlines how his theories helped him to survive his Holocaust experience and how that experience further developed and reinforced his theories.