31 Jan 21st Century Project Management And The Human Qualities Needed To Be Effective
You would be forgiven for thinking that the industrial revolution happened in isolation sometime around 1820. But according to Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, we are right in the middle of our 4th. The 21st century will see many more.
The 1st revolution was one based on water and steam propulsion of mechanical equipment for production. The 2nd is debatable and nuanced and Schwab says that it occurs as a result of division of labour and electricity. The 3rd, arose from automated production, electronics and IT. The 4th according to Schwab is the rise of super computing and robots. Nothing about our current development is linear, in fact, it has become exponential. We are now evolving more quickly than ever before and it won’t be long before things like nano tech, artificial intelligence and quantum computing are part of our everyday lives in the 21st century.
But what does all of this mean in the context of the industry? Well for one, it has an overarching effect on almost every business in the world. The sprawl of these changes and the speed at which they develop means that it will affect all businesses quicker than they may anticipate. Projects in the 21st century will need someone to step up and ensure the implementation of these programs. Project managers will have to work on their leadership skills as well as their behavioral skills.
According to a study done at Harvard University the 21st century workplace will closely resemble that of a pre-school classroom. That’s to say that there will be a higher necessity for empathy and cooperation. So if these skills don’t come naturally to you it may be worth working on these aspects of yourself. Perhaps consider taking some workshops or indeed just day-to-day exercising of the muscles that it takes to be an effective and compassionate leader in project mangement. Heading into the future, these are the very human skills that will not become obsolete.