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Categories: Global Summit 2023

By: Priya Patra

I am back after attending PMI Global Summit 2023, and it was just as amazing as ever. The theme of this year's summit was "The Future of Your Work," packed with knowledge and practical tips on how to embrace the changing world of work and prepare ourselves for the future.

Here is a summary of my takeaways from the four days at Summit:

Day 1

  • Volunteers are the heart of PMI: The event kicked off with a special session for PMI volunteers. It was heartwarming to hear from Brantlee Underhill, PMI's Chief Community Officer, and to learn more about how PMI is investing in its volunteers.
  • AI continues to be a central focus: One of the big announcements at the session was the launch of PMI x AI, a new initiative to help project professionals learn about and use AI in their work. This is a great example of how PMI is committed to staying ahead of the curve and helping its members prepare for the future.
  • Be the best you! A keynote from Shane Snow, who spoke about the importance of intellectual humility—the ability to acknowledge that you may be wrong, a skill that is essential for success in the AI age.

Day 2

  • Stronger together: CEO Pierre Le Manh's opening remarks on the value of the project management profession were both timely and refreshing. He committed to PMI doing more to raise project success rates responsibly and to maintain a laser focus on the profession. He also announced PMI's acquisition of PMO Global Alliance, a sign of PMI's commitment to the PMO community.
  • Change has changed: Cassandra Worthy gave an energetic talk on change, in which she argued that we need to adopt a "change enthusiasm mindset." She also shared a three-step approach to change:
    • The Signal: Identify the signs of change.
    • The Opportunity: See change as an opportunity to learn and grow.
    • The Decision: Decide how you will respond to change.

Day 3

  • AI is an accelerant: Armida Ascano gave a fascinating talk on forecasting micro-generational desire. She took us through nine microgeneration formative years—including impactful global events, media, and pop culture—from Baby Boomers to Gen Z. She also shared some tips on how to optimize this information as a project professional, including a reusable framework behind all four generations. The cherry on the cake was the worksheets of 10-15 brainstorming questions to draw about applicability.

Day 4

  • Embrace curiosity: I had the privilege of leading a session on how to use curiosity to lead our teams into the future. I shared some everyday tips on how to use the power of questions to make our teams more energized and innovative.
  • Start from zero: The closing keynote of the summit was delivered by Christopher Barton, founder of Shazam. Barton shared his story of starting Shazam from scratch and overcoming many challenges to achieve success. He emphasized the importance of defiance, persistence and obsession in achieving your goals.

Here are some of the things I will focus on after attending Summit:

  • Hone my intellectual humility: This means being open to new ideas and perspectives, even if they challenge my own beliefs.
  • Embrace change with new rigor: Change is inevitable, so it's important to be prepared to adapt and embrace it.
  • Lead multi-generational teams effectively: Each generation has its own unique strengths and perspectives. Effective leaders are able to leverage these differences to create high-performing teams.
  • Get rid of all inhibitions: Don't be afraid to ask questions, take risks and try new things.
  • Start from zero: Don't be afraid to start over if necessary. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to start fresh.
  • And last but not least, I would continue to embrace curiosity!

What would you do differently? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Posted by Priya Patra on: November 19, 2023 10:48 AM | Permalink

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Luis Branco CEO| Business Insight, Consultores de Gestão, Ldª Carcavelos, Lisboa, Portugal
Dear Prya
Your summary of the PMI Conference is very interesting.

Thank you for sharing with us the things you will focus on after attending Summit

I had the opportunity to attend a conference by Alvin Toffler in which he stated: “The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

I am convinced that the great challenges we face today are related to the coexistence of different generations in organizations.
Each generation views work and profession differently.

Rami Kaibni
Community Champion
Senior Projects Manager | Field & Marten Associates New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Great summary, Priya. Thanks for sharing!

Kwiyuh Michael Wepngong Financial Management Specialist | US Peace Corps / Cameroon Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon
Thanks for this snapshot

Karim Ma Project Manager| None Indonesia
You have written a wonderful summary. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Markus Kopko, PMP Principal Project Management Consultant| Karer Consulting AG Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Thanks a lot.

Binay Samanta Director| Project & Environment Consultants Dhanbad, India
Quite informative like embrace curiosity, to lead our teams into the future, to make our teams more energized and innovative.

Mayte Mata-Sivera
Community Champion
Head of PMO| Confidential Ut, USA
It was amazing!!!! Thank you for the insights!

Jihad Hamdan Projects manager| Arrand engineering consultants Beirut , Haret Hrek, Jem, Palestine, State Of
Thanks for sharing

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