It is understandable and healthy to question the value of certifications.
- Are they worth it?
- Are they just money-making schemes for the certification creators?
- Do hiring managers even care if you have a certification?
Project managers spend 90 percent of their time on communication related activities; yet communication is reported to be the No. 1 problem on projects.
Consider the following example: While planning one of my projects, my core project team assessed our sponsor, “William”, to have high influence but low interest in our project. William would routinely arrive late to meetings, be distracted by his phone, and leave early saying he had more important meetings to attend. When he was present, his gloomy attitude affected the rest of the team. They did not want to speak up in front of him fearing that they may have to face his disdain.
Organizations everywhere are becoming increasingly aware that skills gaps are lowering their chances of finding and keeping capable employees. Educators and employers have different perceptions of college graduates entering the field: 72 percent of educational institutions believe recent graduates are ready for work, but only 42 percent of employers agree. So, many organizations believe there’s a problem when it comes to hiring employees with the necessary skills. But what may be less clear is that failing to address skills gaps through training can also make it harder to retain worthy employees, who may be frustrated at not being able to grow and develop their skill set.
I want to introduce myself in my first blog on Converging 360. As leader of the Project Management Area of practice for RMC Learning Solutions, I wear many hats within our organization. In addition to being a trainer, I am a speaker and presenter, subject matter expert, and curriculum developer. And as of today … I am also a Converging 360 blogger!
First of all, let me say that I am truly blessed. I was hired and mentored by Rita Mulcahy, and had the honor of working with her for 18 months.
With the continued demand for business growth in a rapidly evolving marketplace, leadership plays an important role in an organization’s development and change. But what makes a good leader? It’s an important question and one we think about often throughout our lives. We all have our own take on what makes a good leader, shaped by our education, work, participation on teams and in organizations, our personal relationships, even our parenting.