Royalty issues for independent authors

If you are an “indie” author like me, you could have experienced some issues about royalties.

The online publishing platform, which I use, provides each manufactured copy of a book with a unique identification number. They assign this specific ID number to identify each single copy for their own accounting purposes, in addition to the book title ID number and to the ISBN number. When I receive their royalty reports, the list doesn’t show this unique ID number.

Moreover, in general, a book should always show the date when it was printed. I couldn’t find this date, which indicates when a book was manufactured, on each copy of my books.

For the above reasons, for more transparency and to avoid misunderstandings with authors, I asked:

  1. To include this unique book ID in my royalty reports;
  2. To print always the date on each manufactured copy.

Have you ever thought about this problem?

If yes, how have you solved it?

Maybe, this is a general issue, regarding also non independent authors.

Your suggestion for improvements are very welcome. Thanks!

Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering

One year ago we published the Sustainability Manifesto for Projects

Exactly one year ago, March 8, 2016, we published the “Sustainability Manifesto for Projects”!

Manifesto para a sustentabilidade em projectos – El Manifiesto de Sostenibilidad de los Proyectos – Manifesto della sostenibilità nei progetti – Manefiesto d’’a sustenibbeletà int’’e pruggiette

Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering


Why most people fail to see a bright green future

While helping my teenager niece to do her English homework, we found a question about how she sees the bright green future, which was described in a leaflet printed in the book.

Just to be clear, a bright green future is a world with less pollution, less waste, with more renewable energy, more recycling, and a healthy place to live in.

Her answer was that she sees it positive. With my huge surprise, she added with a full conviction: “Positive, but unrealistic”.


“Because we cannot do it now. We have too many problems. Future generations will create a green future”.

My conclusion is that a general and common pessimism, that is generated spreading bad news, disable the ability of people to see a different world and to trust their own skills. Most people surrender. And, if also the new generations surrender, this is extremely serious.

Recently, I found many articles published by colleagues on official magazines about sustainability and project management. Just a few years ago, it was unbelievable to find so many publications on this subject. We really need them to go in the right direction and to thrive.

One article is about modern stakeholder management and sustainable development principles included in project management standards. Refer also to my article about modern stakeholder management. Yes, my article is in Italian. As a general consideration, this shows a big limit for all these publications: they refer only to articles written in English language. They exclude all articles, journals, books, conference papers and research about sustainability and project management developed in different languages. This huge gap demonstrates that, if we don’t know a language, it doesn’t mean that there are no significant research results in other languages on the same subject. I don’t think that this practice is “sustainable” and that the English literature must be dominant. Anyway, let us proceed with the review.

Another article is about the finding that sustainability is one of the two major themes in today project management research and practice (the other is governance). Experienced project management practitioners work and write about this subject.

Another article identifies key variables of sustainability in project management and describes new parameters to measure the project success including economic, environmental and social benefits.

Another article is about the pursuit of sustainability in the construction industry based on the results of interviewing expert project managers. They found, briefly and for instance, that sustainable constructions aims to cost savings, employee satisfaction, green procurement, innovations, and survival of a company in the long term. Among barriers and challenges to the integration of sustainability, they found, for example, lack of awareness, lack of responsibility, lack of training, lack of organizational support, and ambiguity in government policies.

A further article describes how and how much sustainability is taken into account in project management decision making. In a traditional assessment, quality, time and costs are considered. Risks can be added. But, what happens to the environmental, social and economic variables of sustainability?

Thanks to these colleagues. Our daily actions and thoughts create our world and our future.

If people can see it, then they can really create a bright green future.

Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering

References will be provided on request.

A project in a book: how project management defeats narcissistic abuse

The launch of the English version of “Holistic Solutions to Emotional Manipulation” is the opportunity for unveiling a secret about this book. It is a project that uses a project management methodology to defeat narcissistic abuse with holistic solutions.

If you are a supporter of project management, you can add a brand new success to this discipline.

Here are the reasons.

The book is divided in five chapters, each of them representing a specific process group: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

There are instructions to develop an action plan to defeat emotional manipulation and a check list to organize the work.

Each section analyzes ten project management knowledge areas in detail: scope, time, costs, quality, human resource, communications, procurement, risks, stakeholders, and integration.

A project management methodology is applied to the solution of narcissistic abuse through the use of holistic disciplines, which work on body, mind and spirit simultaneously.

You could say that this is a strange experiment, using a rational matter as project management in order to treat something that is often evanescent, spiritual, and intangible. But I can assure you that it works.

I tested this method on myself because, being an engineer and a project manager, this approach belongs to my own behavior and habits.

The readers, men and women, of this book, who are very far from being project managers and who maybe do not even know what project management is, used it for their own particular cases. And this method worked for them too.

Here is what a reader wrote to me: “The book has shown me a very useful method to remove the author of the manipulation forever, …”. You can read the complete interview in this blog post.

These encouraging results are a further proof of the power and of the versatility of project management.

We, as project managers, can be very proud of its magic.

The birth of a new book is always exciting. Who knows where it will go, who will browse its pages, and who will take it in her or his heart. Welcome! “Holistic Solutions to Emotional Manipulation

Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering

How modern Corporate Social Responsibility meets Social Sustainability

According to the 2011 understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility developed by the European Commission, CSR is defined as: “the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society”. Furthermore this document states that: “Respect for applicable legislation, and for collective agreements between social partners, is a prerequisite for meeting that responsibility. To fully meet their corporate social responsibility, enterprises should have in place a process to integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders, with the aim of:

  • maximising the creation of shared value for their owners/shareholders and for their other stakeholders and society at large;
  • identifying, preventing and mitigating their possible adverse impacts”.

Hence, modern CSR meets social sustainability in the following ways. It:

  • Measures benefits created by social responsibility in addition to those calculated with traditional financial measurement;
  • Creates a future-proof business;
  • Increases enterprise competitiveness;
  • Provides a better management of risks and opportunities;
  • Complies with industrial, social and legislative expectations;
  • Fulfils stakeholder expectations;
  • Builds consumer awareness;
  • Is based on sustainability reports and case studies;
  • Develops a holistic business case, business plan and operation plan;
  • Identifies short, medium, and long term targets;
  • Promotes transparent, clear and credible communication;
  • Reduces conflicts, while building trust and engagement;
  • Acts on human resources, supply chain, community and environment;
  • Is normal everyday work and is not a new burden on companies;
  • Is transferring personal ethics and values in business;
  • Is dynamic, practical, flexible and adaptable;
  • Is open to continuous learning, active listening, and creativity;
  • Refers to international guidelines.

Corporate Social Responsibility and the way you measure it must be aligned with the company culture, policy, vision and strategy.

Innovation and competitiveness are no longer about developing a new product, process or result. They are also about developing a new business model that is sustainable both for companies and society in the long term.

Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering

European Commission Website


Sustainability lessons

Here you will find how I can help you with sustainability in projects.

If you are looking for general information, you can visit the website sustainableprojectsblog  at the sections project management, business blog and business documents. You will find various resources available at no cost.

For further information and for more details, you can read the book “Handbook for Sustainable Projects – Global Sustainability and Project Management”.

If you are a practitioner and want to be more competitive in your job or want to meet new needs of your customers, I can teach you all about sustainability in projects. I can explain to you what global, that is environmental, social and economic, sustainability is and how to apply it to your projects through an organized and structured methodology. I can show you how to incorporate the principles and the values of sustainability in project management. Your work will benefit from it, because you will learn a holistic analytical approach, that is inclusive, which will provide you a more detailed framework, both general and particular. You will have a clearer and more complete picture of the context in which you are, of the results to be obtained, and of how to reach them, and you can make your decisions with greater awareness and serenity. You can open up your career to new perspectives.

If you are an entrepreneur and want to project your company towards a sustainable, or even vegan, future, I can help you on this journey. I can show you how to make your business globally sustainable in the economic, social and environmental field. I can explain to you how and what new analysis parameters to take into account in assessing also recent risks, such as those linked to climate change. I can help you taking your company, with your products and services, closer to new customer requests. Consumers are increasingly informed, they read labels, compare opinions and are increasingly demanding sustainability. For this reason, if you want to satisfy them, you can expand your knowledge and make your company attentive, aware and up to date, guaranteeing prosperity and growth to it in the long term.

In summary, if you are ready to take action, whether you are a practitioner, who wants to invest on your own knowledge, or you are an entrepreneur, who wants to meet the new needs of your customers, send me a message with the subject “Everything on sustainability in projects” and write me briefly your motivations and your goals.

Thanks to all those who will give their personal or professional contribution to this journey towards a sustainable world and society.

Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering


Signatories of the “Sustainability Manifesto for Projects”

Do you remember when, last March 8, 2016, we launched the “Sustainability Manifesto for Projects”? Now there is the opportunity to sign it.

If you are a supporter of Sustainability in project management, or just if you like and share this idea, you can add your signature here.

At the moment, the document is available in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and classic Neapolitan. Yes, the vernacular of the worldwide famous song “’O sole mio”.

You’ll find it at the website:

If you want to know more about the story of this document, you can read my blog post: Why a sustainability manifesto for projects?

Thanks to all our current and future supporters! 🙂

Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering