Change your mindset
Recently I have spent much time hearing and reading opinions on the APM 2020 vision a world in which all projects succeed.
I have listened to both sides of the debate, from those who argue that it is essential to take the lead and create real change, and others who claim that the vision could be detrimental and stifle innovation.
It is an interesting discussion, and one that formed the topic of conversation at the recent Project magazine round table event in London.
Those discussing the vision came up with some compelling points, but one has stuck with me.
This is that in order to achieve real change, you need to be open to changing your mindset.
Founder of Pentacle Virtual Business School Professor Eddie Obeng, one of the attendees at the round table event, said: It can be possible to change your mindset. A large number of people have got to believe in the dream and then change their behaviour to have an impact.
In a separate conversation, Project interview Professor Richard Wiseman reinforced Eddies point, stressing the difference between people with a fixed mindset and a flexible mindset.
He explained: With the right mindset, we can achieve things beyond what we currently believe is possible. His research has revealed that people with flexible mindsets see challenges, like that of the APM 2020 vision, as an opportunity, whereas those with fixed mindsets may struggle to adapt and make the change required to move towards such a world.
As the conversation about the vision continues, one thing I am already certain of is the need to adapt our thinking if we wish to make positive change.
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Last week I attended a conference put on by the APM’s Enabling Change SIG. Entitled ‘Inspiring Positive Change in Complex and Uncertain Times’, the event was a useful reminder of the volume of fast moving change that we are all expected to absorb.