According to the 2023 Project Management Institute (PMI) Annual Global Survey on Project Management, two-thirds of companies are engaged in digital transformation efforts.
Companies also prioritising shifts in organisational strategy, adoption of new technology and expansion into new markets; therefore, they must become future-focused project teams to drive these changes.
Hence, project managers face unique challenges, such as managing cross-functional and temporary teams, often spread across the globe. Therefore, they are turning to a set of skills that PMI calls “power skills,” which encompass culture, empowerment, engagement, and resilience.
PMI has published a comprehensive report with four guideposts for building high-performing and forward-thinking project teams. They are:
Culture: Cultivating an Ethos for Change
In a world marked by diversity and innovation, building a strong team culture is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Culture begins with a profound understanding of your organisation’s values, attitudes, behaviors, and standards. Therefore, project managers must adopt the role of servant leaders, inspiring teams to deliver innovative and inclusive solutions.
According to PMI, the following are tools for companies to build the right culture:
Empowerment: Understanding What Inspires Strong Performance
In today’s working environment, project leaders face the challenge of nurturing the next generation of leaders while also promoting cross-generational collaboration. PMI recommends various knowledge-sharing techniques such as mentoring, lessons learned, good-practice archives, and project-specific coaching.
The following could be used to encourage understanding:
Engagement: Forging Real Connections — and a Sense of Purpose — in a Virtual World
Given the ongoing work arrangements whether remote, hybrid or in-office, team engagement has taken a new form. The challenge lies in effectively engaging team members from who are not in the office. Therefore, ensuring flexibility and inclusivity are key to building trust and promoting genuine collaboration.
PMI recommendation for enhancing engagement:
Resilience: Bouncing Back — Again (and Again)
Achieving resilience is a challenge, particularly in a landscape marked by hiring freezes and workforce reductions. Therefore, building a resilient team requires creative working norms, adaptable communication styles, and proactive problem-solving.PMI recommendation for building resilience: