Development, Leadership, Project Management
19 September 2015
Are You Ready to Become a Project Leader?
Are You Ready to Become a Project Leader?

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Nowadays all strategic changes happen through projects and programmes. Today to manage projects is not enough, we need to lead the change in the organisation through projects and programmes. Are you ready to become a Project Leader? Are you equipped to remain relevant in a continually changing business environment?

Today’s business context and challenges

“Globalisation and increased connectedness have fundamentally changed how the world works. Like the rest of society, organisations are moving into an era of openness, characterised by individual empowerment, operational transparency and decentralised communications. For CEOs, it’s no longer a question of should the organisation become more open and collaborative? But rather, it’s how do I run an open organisation? Replace rulebooks with shared beliefs. As a practical matter, CEOs cannot manage openness through process alone. In an open environment marked by constant change and increased complexity, organisations need a new way of enabling everyday decision making. Employees must instinctively know how to handle unexpected situations. Their choices and actions are best guided by shared beliefs and values”. IBM CEO, C-suite Studies 2012, Leading Through Connections. Insight from the Global Chief Executive Officer Study.

Knowledge economy is fading and the interaction/creative economy gains ground. What matters is how quickly we can generate new insights and build new knowledge that delivers real customer value. We must be game-changers – become more proactive, inventive, high performing in creating customer value. How do we do that? How to inspire ourselves and the people around us to be enthusiastic, creative and passionate?

“You can and should shape your own future – because if you don’t – someone else surely will.”

                                            ~ Joel Barker, futurist

Project Leaders

Project Managers are essentially tasked to serve as river guides, ferrying value through different cultures, different rules and even different languages around these obstacles in order to meet delivery commitments.” Jason DuMars.

What skills do we need in order to meet the expectations of today’s complex, changing business environment? Today to succeed just having the technical domain skills is not enough. To truly succeed we need technical project management skills, leadership capabilities and strategic and business management proficiency. More on business strategic and business management skills you can find  in Ian Whittingham’s article “Swimming in the Moat: The Business of Projects”. Just to let you know that Ian will be speaking on “The Four Windows: Turning Opportunity into Innovation in Megaprojects at 10th International PMI Poland Chapter Congress.

75% of organizations rank leadership skills as the most important for successful navigation of complexity in projects. Source: PMI’s Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report: Navigating Complexity.

What kind of Leadership skills?

IBM CEO Study 2010 reveals that creativity is the most important leadership quality followed by integrity and global thinking  1500 corporate leaders, from 60 nations and 33 industries were pulled on what drives them in managing their companies in today’s world. In times of increasing complexity, competition and constraint, we cannot rely on yesterday’s ideas, products and ways of working. Today’s leaders in order to improve performance need to stimulate creative thinking and unleash the creative potential in themselves and in their teams. Nowadays leaders need to be are more prepared to break with the status quo of industry, enterprise, and revenue models.

The recent researches show that beside a high level of unemployment there’s a shortage of talents. From quoted earlier Leading Through Connections study “CEOs are increasingly focused on finding employees with the ability to constantly reinvent themselves. These employees are comfortable with change; they learn as they go, often from others experiences. As a healthcare CEO from Australia explained, “Today’s connected economy is full of ambiguity and the characteristics required to navigate that ambiguity are collaboration, creativity and communication.”

The same study reveals that most wanted four traits stand out as critical for employees future success are collaborative, communicative, creative and flexible.

PMI Talent Triangle®

The PMI Talent Triangle® depicts the ideal skill set, which is a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise.

Today’s employers need project practitioners with leadership and business intelligence skills to support long-range strategic objectives that contribute to the bottom line.

Effective 1 December 2015 the PMI Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program will be aligned with the employer-identified skills depicted in the PMI Talent Triangle to ensure you are equipped to remain relevant in a continually changing business environment. More on new requirements on PMI website.

Get ready to move to next generation of Project Managers, move up the pyramid and join the group of individuals who are changing better than anyone else.

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