The only constant in today’s business environment is that nothing is constant. For those who lead project-based work, ambiguity is the new normal. In the face of so much uncertainty, project leaders need to get comfortable with changing contexts, but also thrive within the ambiguity to drive their people and projects to success.
So how do you see through the noise and find a path to strategic results? Project leaders need to expand their focus beyond traditional planning and management skills to include “multiplier” skills – capabilities that can have a bigger impact on outcomes.
Get familiar with these five essential “multiplier” skills that today’s project leaders must master to help navigate unpredictable situations:
1. Clarifying the Context
No projects or programs exist in a vacuum. Clarifying the context means understanding the internal and external environment in which your team operates. This is often referred to as “the bigger picture.”
2. Aligning Culture with Structure
Having an organizational culture that supports your strategy is critical to success. If your working environment doesn’t allow for risk-taking or innovation, it will be difficult to implement a workflow that can respond quickly and effectively to changes.
3. Creating Trust Networks
Projects are often spread across teams, locations, and hierarchies. It is imperative for project managers to build and cultivate relationships across the business in order to earn the trust and influence of those they have no authority over to get their projects completed.
4. Reframing the Path Ahead
You may have heard the expression, “Fish can’t see water.” In the business world, this means we’re often so immersed in the complexity of what we’re doing that it becomes hard for us to see what’s happening around us. Reframing forces us to see things from a different perspective in order to create clarity and allow us to get “unstuck.”
5. Preparing to Pivot
If reframing is about exploring alternative solutions, pivoting is when you’re ready to take action. By identifying leading indicators and metrics to alert you of the need to change course or direction within a specific project or program, you can be ready to pivot and map out the future.
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