We Learn from Each Other

From the PMI Global Insights Blog
by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Project Management Institute's annual events attract some of the most renowned and esteemed experts in the industry. In this blog, Global Conference, EMEA Congress and experienced event presenters past, present and future from the entire PMI event family share their knowledge on a wide range of issues important to project managers.

About this Blog


View Posts By:

Cameron McGaughy
Kristy Tan Neckowicz
Jack Duggal
Saurayan Chaki
Dan Furlong
Marcos Arias
Danielle Ritter
Marjorie Anderson
David Maynard
Sandra MacGillivray
Deepa Bhide
Karen Chovan
Nadia Vincent
Lawrence Cooper
Michelle Stronach
Kristin Jones
Yves Cavarec
Laura Samsó
Fabio Rigamonti
Sarah Mersereau
Gina Abudi
David Davis
Nic Jain
Emily Luijbregts
Cheryl Lee
Priya Patra
Karthik Ramamurthy

Past Contributers:

Catalin Dogaru
Carlos Javier Pampliega García

Recent Posts

Day Three, a Truly Triple Treat at #PMIEMEA18

#PMIEMEA18 - #DifferenceMakers : We are making dreams a reality !

#PMIEMEA18 – Day 3 : #FutureDefiners :Trust your team, lead with agility, befriend the machine and be human

PMIEMEA18 - Conference Summary

PMIEMEA Conference - Day 3:Time flies by!

Categories: Benefits Realization

I am honored to be a part of this team and have the opportunity to interact with practitioners.  Not only at the event in Chicago, but also online here at projcetmanagement.com

I do have a perspective I want to share and a mindset I want to establish.  Instead of Ask the expert, think of it as collaborating with the expert.  I know I speak for a lot of the members on this blog when I say we are doing this to share ideas, experiences, failures (yes we all have them) and perspectives.  We are here to learn just as much as anybody and we all learn from each other.  So my 1 piece of advice – Don’t Be Shy. 

I was certified as a PMP last century and it is now in my DNA.  But I think it’s in all our DNA – otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog.  So how do I benefit from being in this blog?  I gain perspective, I grow a network, I learn new things about my profession, I hear good anecdotal  stories that bring my profession to life, I get to understand the common challenges across multiple affinity groups (industry, position, experience, age, sex, and hundreds more), and finally I get to feel a part of something bigger than myself – the community of PMI.

Since I am a visual learner – I wanted to include a graphic.  This picture is from a presentation I do on Benefits Realization and it discusses the contributors to success for various organizations.  As with almost all success lists – Communications is a major contributor.  So if you’re in Chicago – I’ll be the guy with the beard.  Come up, say hi, ask a question or give an opinion.  Even feel free to tell me a joke (but I don’t do knock-knock jokes).    

My feeling is that I can learn from you as much, if not more, as you can learn from me.  But I challenge you to build our network, open a dialog, and engage in growth.  We are all in this together – and lets leverage that (I had to use one cliché) moving forward. 


Posted by David Davis on: September 13, 2017 02:34 PM | Permalink

Comments (7)

Please login or join to subscribe to this item
Beautifully written - thank you!

David - great post! Totally agree...I am uncomfortable with the "expert" moniker as I am still trying to figure out what I want to be...and I am not saying that facetiously. In my mind, we only stop learning when we stop breathing. Seeing the interaction we have with everyone we meet as a collaboration (I'm now stealing that idea to infinity, just so you know...) is a great way to have continuous learning opportunities. When we think that way, we really don't know where we will end up.

See you in Chicago...and I don't have a beard..

Enjoy the conference, David. I love your "antidotal stories".

You caught my typo - I did mean, and have corrected it to, anecdotal. Although sometimes the stories do counteract the poison.

You should have left it. I took it exactly the way you just put forward.

Please Login/Register to leave a comment.


"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."

- Douglas Adams