Social intelligence: Why we need it and how we can get it webinar

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Project managers and teams will agree that connecting stakeholders to the goals of a project are a core skill for project managers. Connection is fundamental part of the PM role, and connection is built on social intelligence.

Ruth has distilled the lessons learned from her 30 years of working in everything from a stockbroker to State Government, and from a not-for profit professional organisation to an investment bank, and boiled it down to one phrase: Be Hopeful: Be Strong: Be Brave: Be Curious

This webinar presented on Monday 6 April 2020 explored:

  • The importance of social intelligence for project managers
  • The challenges and opportunities of social intelligence
  • Social Intelligence character strengths
    - How to identify your own strengths
    - Seeing strengths in others
    - Leadership and communication leveraging strengths


With more than 20 years of experience of running large and small programs, as well as leading large and small teams, Ruth Pearce has a wealth of direct experience and lessons she has learned directly from doing. She has been where you are now, acting as part of a team with a larger purpose, or as the compassionate leader of a team driving towards the goal.

Whether that team is a collocated team with a short-term deliverable, or an international team spanning multiple continents, time-zones and work styles, Ruth has direct experience of engaging the team to achieve extraordinary results.

Rather is Certified in Positive Psychology, an avid user of the VIA Strengths Assessment, as well as a certified Gallup Strengthsfinder coach and in the MHS EQ-I 2.0 and 360 tools. She sees these tools as great starting points for increasing self-awareness and wellbeing.

Ruth’s motto is Be Hopeful: Be Strong: Be Brave: Be Curious


Merv Wyeth is UK Service Delivery Partner of Amplify Strategy Execution Software for benefits-led portfolio management.

Previously, during a 25-year police service career, Merv performed a mix of operational and support roles, including PPM and business change and developed his passion for benefits management.He is a Better Business Case, Open Strategies and Managing Benefits practitioner.

Merv is Secretary and communications lead to Association for Project Management Benefits and Value Specific Interest Group, and a fellow of APM. He is a co-facilitator on the Government Project Delivery Community Network (GovPDC) and the lead for PMI UK Digital Events Team.


This webinar is suitable for professionals with an intermediate level of experience.

Ruth has very kindly allowed her presented material to be made available for viewing.
The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.

To increase the value to you personally, from this webinar on social intelligence, you may wish to complete this free 15-minute self-assessment from the Values in Action Inventory (VIA) Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues as a useful tool for building your social intelligence – a key skill for project managers!

Ruth has taken the questions raised during the webinar Q&A session, and provided her responses as an additional resource for future engagement and support.

The audience engaged during the webinar using Mentimeter presentation software and their responses are available to view.




APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

Section Description


Social context
Engagement and influence
Virtual teams
Team development


Posted on 6th Apr 2020
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