Welcome to the Den
The Den is for you if you are just starting to get to grips with PMO as a career choice. Or if you have “done other things” and have a working “back-story” and are now entering the world of Change and PPM, and PMOs.
There can be / is a lot of science around project, programme and portfolio management. Big text books. Tailored and bespoke software.
But a lot of it comes down to common sense. The Den is somewhere to go for a slightly different view of what being good at PMO might involve.
The Den aims to debunk the strange world of “P3M”, make it simpler and help you a) recognise you already have many of the skills required and b) help you develop those skills.
Ultimately we want to help you forge a fantastic and interesting career in PMO – not as a step to something better but as a career choice in itself.
Whilst doing research for this and other blogs I came across a book by Shelle Rose Charvet
, entitled “Words that Change Minds”. It is a very comprehensive book on the subject of language and provides further food for thought on how we listen with our brains.
Set out below is an extract of a few of the items I think are most relevant to a PMO setting. But I would encourage you to get the book and review it in full to gain the greatest benefit.
By way of introduction, the book is all about “LAB Profiles” – related to language and behaviour. And to do it justice the following is a direct quote from the book.
In this article we take a look at ‘listening with our brains’, something that really taps into that great PMO practitioner skills of active listening – plus we all love a framework and in this article there are two to take a look at.
“ . . . being present with those around you and actively listening is a very selfless act”.
Short, bald and bespectacled 50-something who has “been in PMO” for 20 plus years.
Worked in and at all of the “P” levels – Project, Programme and Portfolio – across multiple sectors.
Had and still having a bit of a mid-life crisis and to try and work through that I re-examined what is important to me. What is my purpose!
Now want to share my work and life experience to help others – to “give back”.