Prioritizing “Strength Skills” Allows You to Gain More Flexibility and Perform Better When preparing for an annual interview or updating your resume, learn how to highlight these “relational” or “interpersonal” skills that can work in your favor.
Building on a solid foundation of technical skills, Strength Skills allow each professional to align their projects with business goals and inspire teams to work together, solve problems and deliver results that create value for the company and its customers.
For the first time this year, the Project Management Institute is dedicating its annual study “The Pulse of the Profession” to the relationship between project management success and employees’ “power skills.”
Thus, 3492 professionals were questioned about the skills that they believe contribute to better project management beyond technical knowledge. According to the study, 92% of respondents agree that strength skills help them work smarter. Prioritizing strength skills pays off. The average investment lost due to poor project performance is 4.8% for companies that prioritize energy skills high, while for companies that prioritize energy skills low, this figure is almost double (8.8%). Among the more salient points where efficiency is seen as crucial: budget management and time management.
Emphasizing these “strength skills” along with strong technical skills enhances an organization’s project management capabilities and leads to better individual performance. Of the twelve skills identified, communication, collaborative leadership, problem-solving, and strategic thinking scored the best in the questionnaire.
To define who you are and help you stand out in your professional interviews or even update your resume, we have prepared the following question or reflection guide based on survey questions.
The 12 Power Skills of the Pulse of the Career and How to Bring It Out by Asking Yourself the Right Questions:
- Responsibility: Take responsibility for your actions and fulfill your obligations
- Do you look back on your year and your accomplishments? Are you preparing a job offer to prove the value of your actions?
- Flexibility: Your ability to adapt and accept the unexpected
- Do you know how to contextualize a situation and the challenges you faced? How did you overcome it?
- Collaborative Leadership: Working with others and adapting to each other’s ways of working
- Do you have any leadership success stories? How have you been able to involve your teams in the decision-making process?
- Communication: Your ability to express yourself and accept your thoughts
- Are you known for building successful storytelling or for being effective at getting a message across? How does your organization benefit?
- Discipline: Enforcing structure through planning, routines, and deadlines
- How does the rigor of your organization contribute to the improvement of the project, whether in terms of time, value, or financially?
- Empathy: identifying and understanding the feelings of others by imagining yourself in their shoes and suggesting appropriate solutions or action plans
- Do you consider the opinions of team members? Do you actively listen to others?
- Sense of community: Recognizing the needs of others and actively looking for ways to help them achieve their goals
- How have you contributed to your team being recognized and appreciated within your organization?
- Vision: Unite your teams around a long-term vision
- Do you demonstrate that you understand the direction in which your organization wants to go? How do you contribute to the implementation of this vision?
- Innovation Spirit: Generate creative ideas and put them into action to solve problems
- Do you highlight the most successful achievements or proposals of the year or by project?
- Problem Solving: Your ability to assess a situation and find appropriate solutions
- If you have examples, how did you handle a difficult situation? human or work? What solutions have you suggested or applied? For what results?
- Relationships and Communication: Developing relationships of trust and cooperation
- Did you contribute to a project that expanded the network or established a key contact for your organization?
- Strategic Thinking: Your ability to see patterns and alternative paths rather than complexity
- Did you help implement a solution that saved your business or your customer time and money?