Project Management

6 Keys to Drive Change, Growth and Innovation

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

If you have followed my articles, you know that for decades I have been evangelizing (or harping) on the notion that C-suites need to re-think what they need in their project management professionals. They are realizing that the operational aspect of the organization is one that maintains and fosters the status quo while it is initiatives, programs and projects that drive change, growth and innovation.

Given that realization, it only stands to reason that they need a project management organization and project managers who are not just adept at the ins and outs of the project management process, related tools and emerging technologies, but also are exceptional in:

  • Delivering stakeholder-driven outcomes
  • Managing organizational and transformational change
  • Navigating the organization’s culture
  • Building, growing and leading teams
  • Business and systems thinking
  • Understanding the nature, history and processes of the organization in context to its industry

In many ways, you could imagine organizations as the ultimate work-in-progress project, one that is constantly evolving, changing and transforming in order to achieve its goals.

In that context, it’s easy to see why an organization would need project managers who can embrace moving targets and continuously adapt to the changing needs of the organization—especially those required to meet …

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