7 Ways to Stay Relevant in Disruptive Times

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and project manager living and working in London. She run The Otobos Group, a project communications consultancy specializing in project management.

From healthcare to hotels, construction to catering, mining to museums, the business world is changing. It always has, but today the pace of change, layered with massive leaps in technology and shifting demographic trends, make it feel as if we’re struggling to stay afloat.

Project managers thrive in change. We deliver changes to our organizations through projects. But we are not immune to the disruption happening around us, and sometimes, delivered by us.

In this article, we dive into seven ways that you can stay relevant as a project manager in disruptive times—and lead your team without appearing like a dinosaur.

1. Follow the news. It’s easier to contribute to the debate if you know what is going on! Follow the news. You don’t have to be glued to it, but try to take a little interest in your local, national and international politics and events in light of how they may affect your business.

What might that winter storm mean for your supply chain? What impact would that proposed new tax have on your program budget? You might not have all the answers, but you can contribute the discussion at work if you are aware these things are happening.

2. Stay commercially aware. As well as “world news,” your industry or profession will also have news. You could argue that this type of information is even more important to your role as a…

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