“A Leader’s Journey” Part 2 – Rich Pierle, Pier Digital Advisory Services at IPMDay2019


(calm music) – So, this is a busy chart. So if you can put one hand over your eye, and we’re gonna focus on the
left-hand of the chart, right? And I’m gonna take a little
bit of time to clear this out. One of my favorite metaphors I picked up when I was in college, this is psychology 101,
and I find this metaphor is fantastic to use as a comparative, because people kinda get it right away, and it’s Maslov’s
hierarchy of needs, right? Is everybody, this is nothing
new for anyone, right? But it’s a great metaphor as a comparator to really, how do I move up, right? How do I move from, I’m hungry, right? ‘Cause if you’re hungry, you really can’t progress up a continuum. If you’ve got safety and security needs, you can’t, you’re never gonna
get to self-actualization. And, if you think about this metaphor, and what I’m trying to do
is create the comparator to our career progression, right? So what are those logical steps, as we progress throughout our
journey, that are important? That we need in order to step up? Now, the important thing to remember about Maslov’s hierarchy of needs is, you can actually go back down, right? This is not, sometimes you
go into a new situation, you go back down, right? You’re starting off at
safety and security. And it’s very similar to your career. Put it in a context of a five point scale, for each one of these, right? ‘Cause you can kind of think through, “Okay, if I’m a one, “it probably means I
have some work to do.” Right? If I’m three, I’m okay, and if I’m at five, I
probably have mastery. So think through this, as I’m going through
each one of the steps, and again, I don’t want
you to listen to me, and my experience, I want you to think really hard about where you are, and do these steps resonate with me? And where am I,
personally, on these steps? So the first area, and at the very bottom, is integrity, ethical behavior,
and respect for others. Now, we all know, when we start a project, that there’s no test
for these things, right? You assume everybody
comes into the project with this type of behavior. And, a lot of times, you don’t find out until you’re some time in,
if you’ve got issues here. And, as you look at the press, as you look at what’s going on, recently the CEO of McDonald’s, and you’ve got leaders that are being held to the same standard, and this is, it’s table stakes. If you cannot handle working this way, there’s no place for you in
the business world, right? There just isn’t, and my goal is not to get
up on the bully pulpit and preach about this, it’s to make sure we all understand that, as
project managers, right? And me personally, I hold
project managers up here, right? You’re all leaders, you’re
driving big programs, you’re driving projects,
you’re a very visible leadership focal point
for your organization. And so you have to set the
tone, right off the bat, on these kind of things, right? And make sure that you’re holding the leadership line on this, and this is critically important, because again, back to the
safety and security conversation, it only takes one event,
one behavioral challenge, and then all of the sudden you go from being strategic,
strategic thinking, to safety and security. So, again, I wanna make sure
that we understand that, not to belabor the point, but this is a key foundational element, and again, it’s part of what we do as project managers to drive this. (calm music)

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