As a project coach, I get many opportunities to ask the question,” What did you learn from most over the last few years?” So far no one has ever answered; “There was this great course” or even, sadly; “There was this great presentation you did on…”.
Most adult learning comes from relevant experience: challenges faced on a project, interactions with peers, or opportunities which force reflection upon and make sense of our experience.
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Last year I watched my daughter make her first solo flight in a light aircraft. That means she took off in an airplane on her own, and landed it. She was just 16 and had ten hours training. The first I knew it was happening was when the instructor said quietly to me, “You might want to stay around to watch this lesson!”.
If you haven’t experienced going solo in a airplane, this is pretty much how it works. After you’ve made three perfect landings in a row, the instructor casually remarks: “Not bad, why don’t you do the next three circuits on your own?” They then climb out of the airplane leaving you alone with the engine running and ready to go. At that moment the airplane seems tremendously quiet, the right-hand seat looks tremendously empty and the runaway looks tremendously short!
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So, these two people meet. Discovering they were both teachers, the woman from New Zealand asked of her male English colleague, “What do you teach?”. “Mathematics.” he replied, “How about you?” “Me”, she replied, “Oh, I teach children!”.
How we frame what we do, the way we describe ourselves, what we do, and what we do it with, fundamentally affects how we manage ourselves. That’s just as true in project management as it is in education. As a professional project manager, what is it we say we do, what is it we say we are, and why does it matter? Continue reading “Project management: Have we lost the plot?”
Your development journey
The Future Work Skills 2020 report identifies six drivers for change in our learning practices and ten skills for the future. What are these skills? How can we as project managers use them in the way we define and follow our professional career path in 2019?
Future work skills 2020
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