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My Introductory Post: Project Management and Soft Skills

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A couple of years ago, I started a new blog, and actually this topic was my first post.  This blog is intended to share experiences about the knowledge and skills required in order to manage projects and project teams.

Every set of activities developed with a common goal can be seen as a project, and in order to be succes, you need knowledge of techniques and tools, of those learned in educational institutions, but also, and more importantly you need interpersonal skills  (leadership, teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, etc).

If we do a bit of memory, we will notice that in our lifetime we participated in several projects with different results, some good and some not so, (but you learn from all experiences). So if we analyze these results we can perhaps ask "what was good? ", "what could you have done differently?," "I felt good working on this project?" "Who led the team?" "What I learned from the way he managed the project?". All these questions are the basis for learning from ourselves.

Since school time, is possible to identify certain children with a tendency to direct the games. When they mature, these people have the opportunity to further develop these skills, however this leads to the question "Are leaders born or made?" From my point of view, some people have talent, but any skill can be improved with training 

In my professional experience, I have had the opportunity to participate in projects for different industries (insurance companies, banks, port companies, software, etc.), but also in social responsibility projects and some projects in the education sector.  No matter the sector, I found challenges and people with different personalities and interests. In most cases everybody have something to contribute, but there is always the challenge of making this group of people  a real team.

So as conclusion of this first post, I want to say that it is important to participate in courses and workshops so-called hard skills (PMI, administration, specific knowledge of the business, accounting, finance, etc) but it is also important to devote some time to develop interpersonal skills at all levels of education,  and in my personal opinion this must be also a commitment made by Schools and Universities to ensure comprehensive training.

Posted on: September 16, 2016 03:51 PM | Permalink

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I would also add that this commitment should be by w ployers as well in additiona to schools and universities.

Completely agree with you Rami, thanks for the comment. Employers should also be committed.

Thanks Luis - Appologies for the typos. I don't know how my sentence turned out this way :-)

Luis thank you for sharing this story. The article is a good starting point for future discussions on this topic. So, my expectation regarding your future post is to bring more stories from your professional experience into our attention.

Dear Luis

Interesting reflection on the theme: "My Introductory Post: Project Management and Soft Skills"
Thanks for sharing

It is critical that we spend time learning and relearning (learning and learning) in the field of soft skills.

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