Since 1995, the importance of emotional intelligence in the world of business has picked up steam like a runaway locomotive. In that time, the occupational landscape has become more and more project-focused and employment more transactional. These phenomena have given those who can wield influence without direct authority a distinct advantage. While many professionals acknowledge that soft skills have become more important, there remains considerable debate as to which of these skills are most likely to prepare a worker for success.
Geoff Crane is our PMO Conference 2018 closing speaker with his session “You Are Captain of Your Own Ship” which focuses on the human elements of the PMO. It’s going to be a lively and thought-provoking session.
Geoff also works in conjunction with Trent University’s Emotion and Health Research Laboratory and they are currently collaborating to develop the world’s first social, emotional and motivational profile of those who work in the project space. The research will reveal:
- How do project professionals differ from the general population?
- What special emotion-based skills do project professionals offer an organisation?
- What skills distinguish more senior practitioners from less experienced project professionals?
If you’re joining us at the PMO Conference this year, Geoff will be hosting an exclusive pre-publication look into his research during one of the breaks.
Geoff will also unveil a new construct designed to shed light on human behaviour. Called “motivational intelligence”, this research offers brand new insights into the reasons people behave as they do.
Want to Take Part?
Many of you have expressed an interest in the importance of emotional intelligence within the context of a PMO. With that in mind, would you like to take part in the Canada’s Trent University research programme? The goal is to develop an emotional and social profile of project professionals, to help the project community better understand the soft skills that we as a group bring to an organisation. The insights will certainly be of interest to you personally and of course for the people you support in the delivery organisation.
Here’s What You Need to Do
As part of this study, Geoff is offering conference participants two things:
- The opportunity to complete a free emotional intelligence assessment and get a 12-page feedback report summarizing your emotional and social skills. For more information, and access to the online study, follow this link: http://adaptimist.com/pm-study/
- In addition to performing the closing keynote at the conference, Geoff will present an exclusive look at his research prior to its publication at a panel session during the day. Come see what you helped to accomplish!
We’re really looking forward to the PMO Conference this year and really pleased and interested to see development in this area of the PMO role. Take part in the study and come along to the Conference in June to find out more about the results and outputs.
Love the Subject?
Geoff is also running a two-day class directly before the PMO Conference. It takes place on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June. Take a look at the full agenda and why you should think about booking a place on the class. More details are available here.
Geoff Crane is a Canadian public speaker, researcher and entrepreneur. As a pioneer in the field of motivational intelligence, he has written numerous articles on the importance of emotional and social skills in the workforce.
Well-versed in the changing demands of today’s project-based work environments, Geoff spends his days helping leaders design and build a balanced repertoire of soft skills to help them achieve what matters most.
As with a lot of young professionals, when Geoff began his career he had little experience to draw from. His job as a project manager began almost accidentally – it was a new and poorly defined role within the business world and he was unwittingly thrown into it. Feeling lost, he was forced to navigate on his own through the uncertainty of managing large-scale projects and the interpersonal conflicts that arose between competing stakeholders. Eventually, these difficulties led to burnout and he was laid off around the 2008 financial crisis.
In the aftermath while unsuccessfully trying to find work, Geoff realized his passions needed rethinking and he decided to return to academia. Focusing on psychology, his studies centred on interpersonal relationships in the workplace, which led to the development of an emotional intelligence training program.
With Geoff’s personal story very much a part of the inspiration and essence of the training programs he developed, Adaptimist Insights was born.