Interview with Frank Saladis


Almost Everything We Use Daily Is the Result of a Project

Interview with Frank Saladis, PMI Fellow

Author, Speaker, Teacher, Consultant
PM Leadership Expert
New York, USA

Interviewed by Yu Yanjuan
Journalist, Project Management Review: PMR (China)
International Correspondent, PM World Journal

Introduction to the interviewee

Frank Saladis, PMP and PMI Fellow, is widely viewed as an outstanding leader in the project management industry. For more than three decades, he has been devoted to promoting the concepts of leadership, people skills, building good relationships, integrity, competence, volunteerism and ongoing education.

He is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, author, consultant and instructor / facilitator in the project management discipline. He has written 12 books related to project management and has published more than 170 articles about PM and / or leadership.

He has made a significant contribution to the international project management training community and professional project management practitioner community through his education programs, consulting, and his collaboration with multiple education providers and training institutions. His contributions have been rewarded by awards such as PMI Person of the Year Award (2006), IIL Distinguished Service Award (2007), PMI Distinguished Contribution Award (2015).


Part About project management story

Q1.      You have been in the profession of project management for over 35 years. In your eyes, where does the charm of the profession lie? In other words, which parts of the profession attract you most?

Frank Saladis (Saladis):   The charm is found in many areas such as meeting new people, learning about different cultures when traveling, the challenges encountered in managing a project and the feeling of success when a problem is resolved, a project is completed or the client is delighted. Project management is an ongoing learning and leadership experience: leading a team, working with talented people, finding creative ways to get things done and learning from team members. The profession also provides opportunities to network, and, for many, the opportunity to speak at PM events and symposiums. Presenting to colleagues is exciting and a little risky, which makes it more interesting and fun.

Q2.      As an active member in the PM community, you’ve been awarded many awards such as PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. What are the contributions that you are most proud of?

Saladis:         I have been a PM member since 1990. I have held various leadership positions including Co-chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents, President of the Assembly of Chapter Presidents, and President of the PMI NYC Chapter. I have written 12 books related to project management and have published more than 170 articles about PM and / or leadership. My biggest contribution was the creation of International Project Management Day (IPM Day) which is a day of recognition for project managers and is observed on the first Thursday of November every year.

Q3.      As the originator of International Project Management Day, would you please talk about the reason and significance of setting up such a day?


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Editor’s note: This interview was first published in PMR, Project Management Review magazine, China.  It is republished here with the permission of PMR. The PM World Journal maintains a cooperative relationship with PMR, periodically republishing works from each other’s publications. To see the original interview with Chinese introduction, visit PMR at http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

How to cite this interview: PMR (2021). Almost Everything We Use Daily Is the Result of a Project: Interview with Frank Saladis; Project Management Review; republished in the PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/pmwj103-Mar2021-Yanjuan-Frank-Saladis-Interview.pdf

About the Interviewer

Yu Yanjuan

Beijing, China


Yu Yanjuan (English name: Spring), Bachelor’s Degree, graduated from the English Department of Beijing International Studies University (BISU) in China. She is now an English-language journalist and editor working for Project Management Review (PMR) Magazine and website. She has interviewed over sixty top experts in the field of project management. Before joining PMR, she once worked as a journalist and editor for other media platforms in China. She has also worked part-time as an English teacher in training centers in Beijing. Beginning in January 2020, Spring also serves as an international correspondent for the PM World Journal.

For work contact, she can be reached via email yuyanjuan2005@163.com  or LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanjuanyu-76b280151/.

To view other works by Spring, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/yu-yanjuan/