The Power of Relevancy for PMPs

By Lakecia Carter, PMP

There are thousands of PMPs making a positive impact on organizations around the globe. I am sure you are one of them! On the contrary, many PMPs are struggling in the industry for a variety of reasons. Some hard-working, experienced PMPs aren’t getting the jobs they are qualified for. Some PMPs are watching top projects go to the non-certified PMs instead of them. Others aren’t progressing in their careers as they planned. What do you think is the problem here? What is the difference between a “game-watcher” PMP and a “game-changer” PMP? How does one move past the certification into greater levels of leadership and influence? One of the answers to these powerful questions lie in one word: RELEVANCY.

The Wikipedia definition states: “Relevance is a term used to describe how pertinent, connected, or applicable something is to a given matter. A thing is relevant if it serves as a means to a given purpose”. PMPs are expected to exemplify a high standard and serve a clear purpose on the projects they lead. However, the only way PMPs can achieve this purpose is to be connected to people and projects in a way that achieves success and results.

As a PMP, there are 3 things you can do to experience the Power of Relevancy:

1. Keep it Real

The more of the real “YOU” that people experience, the more relatable you will become. Your authenticity will enable you to build trust with your clients and teams. PMPs who focus too heavily on tools, processes, documentation and not enough on service and people will find themselves “out of touch” quickly. It is equally important to maintain a realistic view of the world and the industry dynamics.

2. Do Your Research

Continuous learning enables you to stay connected to the industry happenings. You may not know every buzzword or new trend that comes along, but carve out the niche that you are passionate about. Take time out everyday to learn something new about your craft. Make every PDU count. Share your knowledge and insights with others in the PM community.  This exchange of ideas and information helps you to grow.

3. Cultivate Meaningful Relationships

This is by far the biggest key to Relevancy because we all need each other to be successful. Meaningful relationships are ‘win-win’ and are worth building. Reach out to people you know and don’t know. Connect with people on your teams and take a genuine interest in them – beyond the project work. They will appreciate it and go the extra mile for you

PMPs – the higher degree of relevancy you have – the more influence and success you will achieve in your projects and careers! If you Keep it Real, Do Your Research and Cultivate Meaningful Relationships in new and exciting ways – you will experience the Power of Relevancy! My challenge question to all PMPs today is: How RELEVANT are you?

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