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What is the primary subject area where you provide (or could provide) "thought leadership"?
ProjectManagement.com exists in-part as a platform for its members to contribute "thought leadership" based content. What is your primary area of expertise where you can contribute to this purpose?

This question is for ALL, from the Next-Generation of project managers to the most seasoned among us.
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Dear George
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

I have been working for 40 years in the management profession

My biggest contribution may be in the areas of Strategy (with specific reference for some industries) of Management (today known as soft skills: Leadership, Personal Organization and Delegation, Negotiation, Teamwork, Decision making process, Conflict management, Meetings and Conducting meetings), Organization and management of training and Pedagogy.
Not to mention Project Management :-)
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1 reply by George Freeman
Jan 20, 2020 5:06 PM
George Freeman
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Luis,

Your pedagogical content promotes “thought leadership,” thank you!
George,

Leadership thought is not an exclusive matter of project management, ages, but more from being experienced this role at least one time. So I think anyone is capable of give is opinion, obvious who as more experience could theoretically contribute with more ideas, aside that there are several levels of leadership.

My primary's area of expertise is IT about 20 years in the field nevertheless I have 7 years of expertise in the army and health care, 2 years in sales. I can say that already experienced several different kinds of leadership and very important several kind of cultural nuances of leadership that have great impact in our projects, tasks etc...

Alexandre
My primary area is to challenge underlying assumptions and beliefs that might not be true. I want to offer new perspectives and provide new insights.

Did that for any area discussed here where I can rely on my 45 years of experience.
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2 replies by Alexandre Costa and Luis Branco
Jan 19, 2020 3:59 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Thomas
Thank you very much for reminding me:
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”- Alvin Toffler

That I fully subscribe
Jan 19, 2020 4:27 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Really , a little more of critical thinking is needed in this social network, where sometimes some articles do not have comproved scientific bases nevertheless everyone says the articles are brilliant, or thanks for sharing, instead of making constructive criticism.

it is praiseworthy to always think for ourselves.

Alexandre.
Jan 19, 2020 3:28 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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My primary area is to challenge underlying assumptions and beliefs that might not be true. I want to offer new perspectives and provide new insights.

Did that for any area discussed here where I can rely on my 45 years of experience.
Dear Thomas
Thank you very much for reminding me:
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”- Alvin Toffler

That I fully subscribe
Jan 19, 2020 3:28 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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My primary area is to challenge underlying assumptions and beliefs that might not be true. I want to offer new perspectives and provide new insights.

Did that for any area discussed here where I can rely on my 45 years of experience.
Really , a little more of critical thinking is needed in this social network, where sometimes some articles do not have comproved scientific bases nevertheless everyone says the articles are brilliant, or thanks for sharing, instead of making constructive criticism.

it is praiseworthy to always think for ourselves.

Alexandre.
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2 replies by George Freeman and Thomas Walenta
Jan 19, 2020 5:44 PM
Thomas Walenta
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Adam Grant shows a matrix with givers and takers which can be agreeable or disagreeable. Those who contribute seem to be givers, which is a good thing.

He also said that the vast majority of people are agreeable people, my take on that is they might value respect more than honesty. Or they have other reasons I won't mention here out of respect.

I consider myself a disagreeable giver.
Jan 19, 2020 9:19 PM
George Freeman
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Alexandre,

Critical thinking is what directed us to recognize project management as an art-form, that is, the need to tailor, be situational aware, to be agile, etc. Does the scientific methods have a place in project management, absolutely yes, but is it the driving factor to success – in my opinion, no.
Good question, George!

I'd feel confident speaking about PMOs, agile, PPM, and risk management but do I feel that I'm a "thought leader"? That's a rarified title indeed...

Kiron
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1 reply by George Freeman
Jan 20, 2020 4:56 PM
George Freeman
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Hi Kiron,

I believe the definition of “thought leadership” was based on the winning-strategy content that you have been providing our profession for many seasoned-years. By the way, you still owe us Volume I and II of the Kiron collection of project management advice.
Jan 19, 2020 4:27 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Really , a little more of critical thinking is needed in this social network, where sometimes some articles do not have comproved scientific bases nevertheless everyone says the articles are brilliant, or thanks for sharing, instead of making constructive criticism.

it is praiseworthy to always think for ourselves.

Alexandre.
Adam Grant shows a matrix with givers and takers which can be agreeable or disagreeable. Those who contribute seem to be givers, which is a good thing.

He also said that the vast majority of people are agreeable people, my take on that is they might value respect more than honesty. Or they have other reasons I won't mention here out of respect.

I consider myself a disagreeable giver.
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1 reply by George Freeman
Jan 20, 2020 4:47 PM
George Freeman
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Thomas,

I had to look it up: "Disagreeable givers are the people who, on the surface, are rough and tough, but ultimately have others' best interests at heart.”

I enjoy and appreciate your challenge-based thought, not just because its helpful, but also because I aspire to do the same in my content and discourse.
Feel confident speaking to PPM, Agile Transformations, Scrum, Facilitation, Knowledge Management, Business Analysis.
Jan 19, 2020 4:27 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Really , a little more of critical thinking is needed in this social network, where sometimes some articles do not have comproved scientific bases nevertheless everyone says the articles are brilliant, or thanks for sharing, instead of making constructive criticism.

it is praiseworthy to always think for ourselves.

Alexandre.
Alexandre,

Critical thinking is what directed us to recognize project management as an art-form, that is, the need to tailor, be situational aware, to be agile, etc. Does the scientific methods have a place in project management, absolutely yes, but is it the driving factor to success – in my opinion, no.
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Jan 20, 2020 6:24 AM
Alexandre Costa
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George,

Probably did not understand well what i meant to say, or i did not explain well enough.
What i meant is when we base our explanation, article or what ever in an scientific theory is better to prove that theory is valid and well proved otherwise the foundation bases are not strong enough to support our conviction, so here enters critical thinking, the thought leadership evaluating all and contributing with there opinion.

A lot of changes in project management practices are result of innovation, technological advancement i never said that they were the driving factor of success.

Alexandre
Jan 19, 2020 9:19 PM
Replying to George Freeman
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Alexandre,

Critical thinking is what directed us to recognize project management as an art-form, that is, the need to tailor, be situational aware, to be agile, etc. Does the scientific methods have a place in project management, absolutely yes, but is it the driving factor to success – in my opinion, no.
George,

Probably did not understand well what i meant to say, or i did not explain well enough.
What i meant is when we base our explanation, article or what ever in an scientific theory is better to prove that theory is valid and well proved otherwise the foundation bases are not strong enough to support our conviction, so here enters critical thinking, the thought leadership evaluating all and contributing with there opinion.

A lot of changes in project management practices are result of innovation, technological advancement i never said that they were the driving factor of success.

Alexandre
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1 reply by George Freeman
Jan 20, 2020 10:45 AM
George Freeman
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Alexandre,

My interpretation of your last two comments is as follows (derived view):
- Unless one’s belief has a scientific foundation, assertions made are generally unsubstantiated and hence, lack value to the community.
- Critical thinking is a device purposed to the scientific realm.

I appreciate your viewpoint and recognize it has validity; however, the “scope of validity” is where we differ in opinion. When we look at the spectrum of “Science <--> Art,” we recognize that our field engages the full range. However, as I previously noted, I believe that the aspects which contribute most to successful projects relate to that which is art. I believe you will also find this spectrum is weighted as follows “Science 20% <--> Art 80%,” but that is opinion.

Articles that lend themselves to a scientific basis are often quite lengthy, which is why you will find that type of content in the “knowledge shelf” channel of this platform (i.e., feature content has stringent size limitations). In addition, this type of content is specialized and has a narrower audience. Bottom Line: We have a place for Science and Art in our profession and on this platform.
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