Project Management

Managing Your Career Through Global Disruptions

PMI Toronto Chapter

Bruce is the founder of, a resource for growing IT project managers.

We're facing disruption like never before, with massive job losses and entire industries shut down. Government debt levels are skyrocketing. You can't control your project sponsor or whether executives cancel your project.

As a project manager, look for ways to protect and grow your most important economic asset. I'm not referring to stocks, bonds, ETFs, mutual funds, real estate or any kind of financial assets.

Your most critical economic assets are your skills and connections. However, if you continue to cultivate the right skills, you will be able to make a living and find new opportunities—a mix of technical skills (e.g. project technical skills and software) and super skills. According to The Last Safe Investment, super skills are skills that have value under all economic conditions and industries. These skills include writing, design, mental models, system thinking and self-management (i.e. mental focus).

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