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We increasingly talk about the new world and the new realities of the 21st century. The new world offers many new challenges that we seem to encounter on a more frequent basis: speed, uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity. Eddie Obeng defines the new world as a world that can change faster than you can learn. Moreover, the new world is increasingly characterised by limited attention, growing collaboration and participation, new social media technologies and the expanding scope and influence of projects. The challenges combined with the new characteristics point to a much-needed departure from project management orthodoxy.

But where do we go next? Indeed, how do we deliver successfully in novel and unstructured situations? How do we manage in uncontrolled environments? More crucially perhaps, how do we move from managing to leading? How do we involve a more involved world? From the point of view of developing leaders, what skills are essential for success in the new world? And finally, how do we find out?

Starting with the last question first, finding out is a journey. You can start any time by replying to this blog, or better still by joining us for the APM conference and participating in the dialogue. As we engage in our journeys we will discover our own questions. You are encouraged to bring your questions and take part in the dialogue. We hope to challenge, engage and entertain. But above all, we hope to encourage us all to reflect on the individual and collective journeys based on the common challenges that we encounter.

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Posted by Professor Darren Dalcher on 13th Oct 2011

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Darren is Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire, and founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management. He works to foster interactive dialogue about the integration of successful practice with theoretical research in the management of projects. He is the editor of two book series featuring Advances in Project Management, and a number of journals and has chaired the APM Project Management Conference for five years.

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