The Spirit of Project Management – new book by Neal and Harpham helps project leaders tap passion, purpose and spirit for higher achievement


25 October 2012 – Gower Publishing in UK has announced the publication of The Spirit of Project Management, a new book by Dr Judy Neal and Alan Harpham.

According to the Gower news release: Large complex projects like the Olympics need some kind of internal force or compass to keep them on track. But how to generate it? What does that dynamic buy-in actually mean to the success of the project? The Spirit of Project Management by Neal & Harpham explores these factors and looks at how project leaders can engage their team’s passion and purpose, unleash their creativity, and truly work together towards something they care about and believe in.

The Spirit of Project Management explains the context for spirituality in projects and explores how it can be used to create a larger sense of purpose and achievement; to help encourage an esprit de corps amongst all those involved; to act as a touchstone for ethical and sustainable decision-making.

This is a pragmatic book. The first part includes an explanation and a variety of useful models for understanding the significance and value of spirituality in projects. The second part of the book integrates these ideas into the day-to-day management of projects. Thus there are chapters on spirituality from the perspective of the individual, the project team, the project organization and even project management within a sustainable world framework. Readers can use the ideas to help articulate their projects; engage and sustain project teams and stakeholders; and frame how to work in organisations, society and the environment.

Dr Judi Neal is Director of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, USA. The Center supports research, education, and business outreach for those interested in faith and spirituality in the workplace.   Judi is President of Edgewalkers International, a consultancy committed to helping leaders, teams and organizations to be on their leading edge. She is the author of Edgewalkers: People and Organizations that Take Risks, Build Bridges and Break New Ground and The Handbook for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace. She was the founder of the International Center for Spirit at Work, and a co-founder of the Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group at the Academy of Management. Judi has consulted to organizations such as Pfizer, Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Jackson Newspapers, and numerous others, and has spoken about spirituality in the workplace internationally. She is considered one of the pioneers and experts in the field and has been quoted in The London Sunday Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Tokyo Shimbum, and has appeared frequently on television and radio in the U.S.

Alan Harpham is a management consultant focused on change management, programme management, project management and executive coaching. He is Chairman of The APM Group, Chairman of Workplace Matters Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and a previous Board Member of The International Center for Spirit at Work.  He is also on the selection committee of the International Faith and Spirit at Work Awards. He is Chairman of Cranfield University’s Science & Engineering Research Ethics Committee and the SPD Research Ethics Committee (medical).  Alan was co-owner and a founding director of P5 – the Power of Projects.  He is also a former trustee of several charitable organisations including MODEM, and The Friends of the Bedford Child Development Centre. He was a founding member of the Jury for the IPMA International Project Management Awards and continued as such until 2006.

Alan Harpham is also a former Managing Director and senior consultant of Nichols Associates (now part of The Nichols Group), one of the UK’s leading consultancies in project and change management. Before that he was the Director of Cranfield University’s MSc in Project Management

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at  www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

Gower’s “Fundamentals of Project Management” Series provides practicing professionals and project students the fundamentals in definitive, shorthand guides to each of the main competencies associated with project management – www.gowerpublishing.com/pmfundamentals.  Gower’s “Advances in Project Management” Series includes books by leading thinkers in the project and programme management field. Click here to learn more: www.gowerpublishing.com/pmadvances

 The Spirit of Project Management,  by Judi Neal and Alan Harpham, published by GOWER; July 2012, 202 pages, soft cover, ISBN 978-1-4094-0959-5; List price = £26.60, Website price: £23.85; http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409409595  

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