Positive Project Leadership in the "New Normal"

    The term " New Normal" is being used frequently by the news media, small and large business leaders and managers, government officials and, probably, your neighbors also. The question is " What is the new normal?"

    According to one source, the New Normal is defined as: A state to which an economy, society, etc. settles following a crisis, when this differs from the situation that prevailed prior to the start of the crisis. The term has been used in relation to the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the aftermath of the 2008–2012 global recession, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    There is no specific answer to that question. The COVID-19 situation has clearly changed just about everything associated with daily life, the work environment, how we communicate, and how we manage projects.​The "New Normal" will be what you determine it to be. The pandemic has forced people to develop innovative ways to manage their daily lives, their relationships, and their specific employment. Working remotely instead of in an office location is now the norm for thousands of people. Technology is advancing more quickly than ever before and busines owners are assessing the threats and the opportunities of the changing work environment. For the project manager, remote or distributed teams, are now and, for the foreseeable future, the norm for conducting most project business. There is no universal "New Norm." As it is with every project, each business environment is unique, with different challenges, organizational values, and leadership styles. Today's project manager must adapt quickly as the business environment changes and must develop new skills as well as "upskill" current capabilities to meet the demands created by the pandemic. This presentation will focus on the need to address the importance of leadership as a factor of engagement in this environment of uncertainty and social distancing. Where people are working from is not as important as "how" people are working. The need for asynchronous communications, remaining connected, virtual teamwork, quality of work, "virtual emotional intelligence," and other factors of leading in "your new normal" will be included in the presentation.

    Session Objectives:

    • Provide a definition and explanation of "Positive Leadership"
    • Provide suggestions for enhancing leadership skills to create a " customized project management norm"
    • Generate innovative thinking to manage in a rapidly changing business environment

     

    Frank P. Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow is the Owner/Founder of Blue Marble Enterprizes Inc. and Project Imaginers. Frank is an accomplished leader and contributor in the discipline of project management. He is the author of 12 published books, the past editor of the All PM Newsletter (an IIL publication) and the author of over 160 project management articles. Frank provides training and consulting internationally and has educated and entertained countless audiences with a special blend of project management knowledge and tasteful humor. He is also an experienced and well known project management instructor and consultant and a member of the PMI ® Seminars World team of trainers.
    Mr. Saladis’s 35 year career includes 28.5 years with AT&T, 3 years with Cisco Systems, and more than 25 years as a professional trainer, facilitator, mentor, and keynote speaker.

    Frank is the Originator/Founder of International Project Management Day which launched in 2004 and has been growing in recognition yearly. The goal of International Project Management Day is the worldwide recognition of the many project managers and project teams in every industry including nonprofit organizations and health care who contribute their time, energy, creativity, innovation, and countless hours to deliver products, services, facilities, and provide emergency and disaster recovery services in every city and community around the world.

    Frank was PMI's 2006 Person of the Year. Frank is a Project Management Professional, a graduate from the PMI Leadership Institute Master’s class, and has contributed significantly to the organizations growth and knowledge base for more than 20 years. His leadership activity within PMI included the position of President of the New York City PMI chapter from 1991-2001, President of the Assembly of Chapter Presidents, and Chair of the Education and Training Specific Interest Group. He received the high honor of the “ PMI Fellow Award” in October 2013 and received the very prestigious “PMI Distinguished Contribution Award” in October 2015.

    Mr. Saladis is currently featured as a monthly contributor for the Project Management World Journal and is engaged in training programs for the Project Management Institute’s Seminars World ®.