Building a Strong Foundation.

Setting a good foundation

When I was 10 years old, my parents decided to send me to a girls-only boarding school in a rural village near Mount Kenya. As they were telling me the news, my mother said to me “This will be a good foundation for you.” I had no idea what she was talking about.

A few years later. My parents decided to move out of the capital city to settle upcountry. I remember my dad taking us for a walk around the piece of land that would become our home. We got to a section that had been cleared out and he said, “This is where we are going to lay the foundation for our house.”

In the back of my mind, I was thinking, “My parents sure do love these foundations…”

Fast forward to the year 2020 when I founded Go ROHO, a company that offers blended project management training, coaching, and consultancy services. The first question that I had to answer before embarking on this journey was. “What is going to be the foundation for my company?”

The answer to this was simple: To support others to achieve their maximum potential through servant leadership with an outward-minded approach.

We all know that our workplaces are changing. We are experiencing rapid growth in technology, automation, and digitalization. Research by Ricoh stated that the World Economic Forum estimates that about 75 million roles may be disrupted by machines and algorithms over the next 3 years. However, an estimated 133 million new job roles will emerge during the same period.

These significant shifts present great challenges and opportunities for Project Managers who are finding themselves more and more disengaged from the people part of Project Management.

Future Project Managers will require digital and traditional skills to effectively respond to the ever-changing requirements set by technological advances and human expectations.

What the future of project management calls for is an Outward Mindset approach to project management: a way of working where people are always put first no matter what.

Two brains

The Arbinger Institute has identified two distinct mindsets from which people and organizations operate: A self-focused inward mindset and an others-inclusive outward mindset.

The Outward Mindset approach is the path to sustainably changing mindset and results.

Arbinger’s work explores the possibility that we humans are in large part self-deceived about what kind of beings we are and why we act as we do, and the quality of living available to us if we can bring our self-deceptions to an end.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession. PMI is driven by a clear mission and underlying set of values that guide how we act and influence the expectations of our stakeholders.

Through global advocacy, collaboration, education, and research, the Project Management Institute works to prepare more than three million professionals around the world for the Project Economy: the coming economy in which work, and individuals, are organized around projects.

My company, Go ROHO aims to merge the concepts embodied by these two magnificent institutes in realizing an Outward Minded Approach to Project Management.

Projects are efforts of Change. This change starts with you and me. If Synergy means that 1 + 1 is greater than 2, my question to you is: Will you join us in approaching change with an Outward Minded Approach? If yes, join us, and let us reach one and help one today!

Diverse group of people

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