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Geraldine and Kimo: “If we want to teach her the importance of balance in life, we better start by setting the example”

Samanta, who is nearing the ‘terrible two’, is the daughter of Geraldine and Arquímedes. They both confess to have fallen in love with the idea of parenthood right from the very same day they received the BIG NEWS.

For this first-time parents, balancing work and family has not been an easy task. “In Smartmatic the dedication and commitment to work is immense. And parenthood requires at least the same amount of devotion, if not more. We have been trying to find the right balance and find harmony between our obligation to excel at work and the responsibility of teaching values to Samanta. We’ve come to terms with the idea that, if we want to teach her the importance of balance in life, we better start by setting example.”

Comparing project management methodologies and parenthood, Kimo concludes that one of the main differences is that in methods such as PMI, ITIL, SCRUM, there should be more people management skills involved. “The human side of management needs to be more present in project management methodologies. Most of these managerial practices focus on processes to achieve the success of the project and the delivery of products/services to the clients, but unfortunately they still lack that human touch. Given that every project of the company depends heavily on human interaction, I see a big lesson from parenthood to be learnt. When you are a parent, people management means everything.”

“As a father you cannot measure your objectives in terms of expected quality, required costs and fixed deadlines; even if that sounds right from a management perspective. Our children are human beings that need our support, care, love, teachings, patience, commitment and our example. Unfortunately, this differs from what is expected from us in project management. Personally, I can’t avoid wondering if these methods should be learning more from parenthood and the skills needed to bring up a child.”

Although Kimo might come across as a dreamer, he goes even further to imagine managers having a clear goal of making their human resources better people.  “For me, focusing on people, which is what parenting is all about, should be a goal of every manager.”

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