The nature of work is changing. As organizations restructure their activities around projects and programs during a time of unprecedented change and complexity, they’re also called on to reimagine how problems are solved and how work gets done. This takes a deep commitment to collaboration, empathy and innovation. Through this podcast series, ‘Center Stage: The Project Economy’, PMI presents the real meaning of innovative change, focusing on the strengths of virtual teams and cross-functional project-based work. We’ll help you stay on top of the trends and see what’s ahead for The Project Economy, and your career.
The Future Ready Enterprise – Lessons From Healthcare
Dr. Yousuf Ahmad has over 25 years of healthcare experience including health insurance, physician group practices, and multi-hospital health system. For the past 5 years, he has been leading AssureCare, transforming it from a start-up to a high-growth company with industry leading care management technology platforms.
In this episode of Center Stage, Dr. Ahmad shares the importance of learning and gaining knowledge in his journey in the healthcare industry from programmer, to president of a large health system, to the CEO of a healthcare technology company. He speaks to the importance of building collaborative, motivated teams with open communication and commitment to an agreed-upon set of outcomes.
Dr. Ahmad also offers insight into how technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, is revolutionizing healthcare, from increasing diagnostic accuracy on mammograms to improving racial disparities in care and health outcomes. As technology continues to evolve, practitioners including project managers must be open to lifelong learning to remain relevant and future proof their careers.
Real Consequences of Valuing Cultural Diversity
Marcia Anderson, MD, is Cree-Anishinaabe whose roots go back to the Norway House Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She graduated with her M.D. from the University of Manitoba in 2002 and has since served in a variety of leadership roles, including as head of the Section of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health; medical officer of health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority; a past president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and executive director, Indigenous academic affairs, Ongomiizwin-Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing.
As a medical resident, Dr. Anderson found the opportunity to connect with her cultural identity through experiences with healthcare for indigenous peoples. This journey also showed her firsthand the racism that is systemic in healthcare and how it can have marginalizing and even life-threatening effects on minority peoples.
Dr. Anderson shares with the Center Stage audience her efforts to combat discrimination against and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion for indigenous peoples, their knowledge, and their traditions. She also challenges us to think about our biases and make ourselves uncomfortable in the pursuit of inclusiveness in our organizations and communities.
Dr. Anderson is an advocate, researcher, and leader in the areas of Indigenous health, primary health care, and medical education. In 2016, she presented a TED Talk on Indigenous Knowledge to Close Gaps in Indigenous Health. In 2018, she was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network.
Helping Organizations to Change Faster
How good is your company at change management? How can we combine technology and change to improve performance? How can organizations create more effective environments of learning? How do we find the hidden talent within our organization? This Center Stage podcast is with professor and entrepreneur Dr. Nabeel Ahmad about the disruptive effects of change, automation and data on talent development. Dr. Ahmad is Chief Strategy Officer of Changeforce.AI, a software platform for helping organizations to change faster. This discussion is focused on keeping up with the rapid pace of change though technology that helps people focus on critical strategy outcomes and finding the hidden talent within an organization.
Reinventing Organizations Through Networks
Katrina Pugh, a faculty member and former Academic Director of Columbia University’s Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) Master of Science program, helps our Center Stage audience explore the value of networks. Kate has over 20 years of consulting and industry experience in the financial services, life sciences, energy, information technology, and international development sectors. She was co-investigator with Monash University on a PMI-funded research study, Building project managers capability: Knowledge transfer in projects using knowledge networks.
Kate emphasizes how networks build interdependence and spaces where people come together for conversation, collaboration and co-creation. She highlights the significant variety in networks, spreading a spectrum of possible outcomes, from marketable products, to providing just-in-time problem-solving, to providing solidarity and scale. She also helps us distinguish between enduring networks and time-bounded project teams.
Given work and other pressures, one might ask, “What’s the value of investing in networks?” Kate walks us through the knowledge-sharing and knowledge-creation benefits from networks, resulting from the network’s capitalizing on its diversity of thought, reach, scale, and sense of belonging. A leading value of networks is the efficiency that comes from stacking experiences and solutions, rather than reinventing the wheel. This pooled knowledge can help organizations and professionals accelerate projects and reduce time-to-market. Research has shown that networked projects far outperform non-networked projects.
Networks generate benefits for professionals but also for their employers. Staff engaged in networks become better risk-takers, advocates and innovators for the business and for customers. Encouraging network engagement demonstrates management’s support for employee growth and professional development. And, it goes without saying that organizations benefit by learning faster about key developments and capabilities outside of their walls.
Networks need a vision, governance, expertise and energy to be successful. Focus helps network participants concentrate their attention. Governance and structure need to be tailored to enable the right forms of engagement. For example, networks focused on members’ problem-solving need different structures from those which are co-creating products like open source software. And all networks need a variety of people with expertise, willingness to share and ability to reach out to others to help the network grow and thrive. Over time, networks may need to refresh to stay relevant and broaden their diversity of thought, experiences and perspectives. When aligned to the organization’s strategy, networks can prove to be a cost-effective pathway to market innovation, job satisfaction, and project efficiency.
To explore more about networks, check out Kate’s books on the topic:
· Smarter Innovation: How Interactive Processes Drive Better Business Results (Ark Group, 2014); and
· Sharing Hidden Know-How: How Managers Solve Thorny Problems with the Knowledge Jam (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, April 2011).
Kate has also delivered webinars on collaborative work and knowledge networks for Projectmanagement.com:
· Sustainably Smarter: How Knowledge Networks Build PM Skills.
· In the Digital Fray, Don’t Just Converse. Collaborate Inclusively.&
Empowering Women for the Future of Work
In this podcast, Susan Coleman and Ed Hoffman discuss the importance of empowering women in order to create collaborative organization cultures where diversity, creativity, innovation and the easy negotiation of difference can thrive.
Susan Coleman has over 30 years of experience training and facilitating tens of thousands of people around the world in negotiation and collaborative strategies to build common ground as well as empowering women through negotiation. Susan works extensively on developing negotiation and intercultural communication skills, coaching/mediating difficult conversations, providing large group facilitation to groups as large as 1000 to arrive at a shared vision for forward action, and more. Susan hosts The Peacebuilding Podcast: From Conflict to Common Ground – a gathering for today’s most innovative, courageous and inspired practitioners exploring the best strategies and ideas to build common ground across the divides of worldview, gender, culture and difference.
Leading the James Webb Space Telescope
In this podcast, Greg Robinson discusses leading complex programs and the leadership required for the James Webb Space Telescope. The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) will be the world’s premier space science observatory when it launches later in 2021. Webb’s revolutionary technology will explore every phase of cosmic history—from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, to everything in between. This podcast features themes around leading complex missions, learning to be a leader, global collaboration, and the future of work. We also listen to Greg describe the emotions of launch.
Lots of invaluable insights for busy executives and leaders on-the-go.
Jam-packed with actionable insights and thoughtful-provoking conversations.
Interesting stories and perspectives from leaders discussing topic related to organizations and work. Focus on learning, know-how, and future of work principles.