Essential Business Management Skills: A Podcast “Mashup”

Last year at the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Congress in Chicago, Illinois, I recorded about a dozen interviews. They have all been published over the past year and you may have heard some or all of them as part of my Project Management Podacst. What you may not know is what happened once each interview was complete. Well, I pressed the recording button one more time and asked each of my guests the following question:


What business management skills are essential for today’s project manager if they want to become more and more involved in strategic projects for their organizations?

Spoiler alert… the answer that I received most often was “flexibility.”

Now, I want to share all the answers…in one nice “mashup.” Here are my guests in the order you will hear them respond.

  • Andy Kaufmann
  • Betsy Stockdale
  • Laszlo Retfalvi
  • Justin Fraser
  • Jen Pfaff
  • Sarah Gallagher
  • Kim Wasson
  • Darryl Hahn
  • Jeff Kissinger
  • Niraj Kumar

Please click here to listen to the interview now…


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Written by Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 47,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast and The PM Exam Simulator.
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  1. Timely message for all PM’s. For myself I could see where in 2019 I need to connect feedback to the team members where our tactics are fitting into the 2019 vision for Engineers in my region and organization.
    Also, for my improvement goal – I need to continue ” choosing to play” on the field of Strategic PM teams so I need to boldly share where my team ” use the contingency plan to quickly recover and continue on reaching the customers goal.” Demonstrating Why the tactics will be steps to solving this problem for our customer: Tie-in the Vision to the tasks my team is doing so that we are all connected to the Vision.

    Thank you for sharing ” think and act as the strategic leaders. Then connect this to what my team is accomplishing to solve for our customers pains a solution. This was a real win in thinking strategy. Great Podcast topic!

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