(Hint:Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work.)

What motivates today’s knowledge workers? Traditional approaches involve offering financial rewards (i.e., pay raise) for good performance. They also involve using threats of punishment (i.e., dismissal) for bad performance. But do these traditional approaches still apply? The PMBoK® Guide states that “Managing the project team requires a variety of management skills for fostering teamwork and integrating the efforts of team members to create high-performance teams. Team management involves a combination of skills with special emphasis on communication, conflict management, negotiation, and leadership. Project managers should provide challenging assignments to team members and provide recognition for high performance.” It further states, “People are motivated if they feel they are valued in the organization and this value is demonstrated by the rewards given to them. Generally, money is viewed as a tangible aspect of any reward system, but intangible rewards could be equally or even more effective. Most project team members are motivated by an opportunity to grow, accomplish, and apply their professional skills to meet new challenges. A good strategy for project managers is to give the team recognition throughout the life cycle of the project rather than waiting until the project is completed.” We will discuss findings from current research studies. We will discuss job satisfaction, employee engagement, pride and other intrinsic rewards. Plan to share stories from your personal experiences and join us on October 22 for a lively discussion.


Christy Adams (PMP), President, PMI Bluegrass Chapter and COO/Partner, The Solarity Group

Bob Mahaney (Ph.D.), Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Christy Adams, PMP, is partner and COO of the Solarity Group, which provides training and consulting for project management, change management, and business analysis. Prior to joining Solarity, Christy held positions with Hensley-Elam and Associates and with Shatterbox LLC. Christy also serves as the 2015 PMI Bluegrass Chapter President.

 Robert Mahaney is Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems in the School of Business at EKU. He completed his Ph.D. in Information Systems at the University of Kentucky. He earned an MA in mathematics, also from UK. His research has appeared in the Project Management Journal, the International Journal of Project Management, and others. Dr. Mahaney teaches several courses at EKU including Visual Basic Programming, Computer Networking, Network Security, and IT Project Management. His research interests focus on how rewards can be used to motivate IT workers.

 When: Thursday, October 22nd (11:30am – 1:00pm)

Where: Jefferson Davis Inn (JDI Grille and Tavern), 319 Cedar St. Lexington, KY 40508


  • 11:30am: Networking
  • 11:45am: Lunch Served
  • 12:00pm: Program Begins

Register: www.pmibluegrass.org

About the PMI® Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter:

The PMI Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter is recognized as a dynamic organization for professional project managers dedicated to serving the business, academic and government communities of central Kentucky and the advancement of project management – adding value to our members, our community, and our profession.

We want to be your authoritative source for project management information in Central Kentucky.