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Guten Tag (Good day in German)!
Play to your Strengths. Resolve Conflicts using Brain Science. Teach the Machines to help you!
These phrases bring out my key learnings from Day Two of #PMIEMEA18 at historic learning.
For those who could not be there, here are short videos interviews that summarize the key takeaways from each session:
Conor Traynor, Strengthsfinder Workshop Presenter: http://bit.ly/CTEMEA18
Phil Bristol, presenter of the session “Pivot-Point – From ME to WE – A Leadership Transformation”: http://bit.ly/PMEMEA18
Werner Meyer, presenter of the session, “Beyond Humans: Using Machine Learning to Calculate Contingency Reserve for Systemic Risks”: Adding soon
Play to your Strengths - Conor Traynor
- Quick: Try writing your full name with your non-dominant hand. How many seconds did it take? Now try with your dominant hand. One-third the time? That’s a good reason to play to your strengths rather than waste time reducing weaknesses!
- Based on the Gallup Strengthsfinder system, this very engaging workshop involved not one, but two treasure hunts! Participants raced against time meeting other attendees to find their strengths and how it helped them in their jobs.
- What happens when you overuse your strengths? And what are the ill-effects?
- Understand the unique strengths of your team members to help them be most productive as a team.
- Does your current role allow you to leverage your strengths to be at your productive best? If not, you might want to think of a change!
Helping Machines Learn to help calculate Contingency Reserve – Werner Meyer
- Can machines consistently beat humans? One machine indeed did. Though the machine got off to a slow start, it indeed outsmarted a session attendee by guessing whether the human would choose “Heads” or “Tails” across 100 coin tosses!
- Compared to machines, humans are much more unpredictable and suffer biases. Machines are therefore very useful in some decision-making situations.
- Calculating Contingency Reserve for Systemic Risks is an ideal scenario where machines can consistently be more accurate.
- Werner walked the participants through a simple and elegant example of machine learning using as rudimentary a tool as Excel!
- Not all human jobs are at risk with machines. Some such as “Construction Managers” and “IT Managers” have a low probability of being taken over by machines.
Use Brain Science to Resolve Conflicts and Excel as a Leader – Phil Bristol
- Do you know about the extreme impacts chemicals have on your Brain? An intense conflict can increase Cortisol levels and make you unproductive for up to eight hours!
- You can consciously reduce that time by increasing your Oxytocin levels.
- A classic story of two project team members in severe conflict and how it endangered the project.
- Deep dive into their motivations and mindsets helped resolve the conflict.
- The resolution took several months but was well worth the effort since it created a long-lasting solution.
I hope you are enjoying the continuous coverage of the EMEA Congress 2018 by the Community Engagement Team. In addition to tweets by @PMInstitute and @PMIEvents, regular updates are available on the Twitter handles of our team members, @KarthikPMO, @PriyaPatra, and @Em_the_PM
Meanwhile, have a wonderful day, or as they say in German, “Ich wünsche ihnen einen wunderbaren Tag!”
Today, I plan to attend and cover these great sessions. Look for detailed coverage of these sessions tomorrow!
- Complex Project Success: Practical Steps to Create Problem Solving Teams by
- Half-Double Methodology: Creating Double Impact in Half the Time
- Speak with Confidence – Learn with a European Champion of Public Speaking (@FreeTheOCP)
- Developing Creative Approaches to AI in the Workplace: Inma Martinez, Keynote Speaker