The PMO Study: Emotional and Personal Intelligence


One moment you’re focused on the executive team; the next, you’re worried about the project manager. Something in your world doesn’t “feel right” so you’re using all your senses to find that one thing that’s off.

You don’t get to stop, though—fires are burning, and they need your attention.

Once again, the organization’s goals need realignment while the team’s morale needs improvement.

You want some time to think—to focus on just one task—but there’s no time.

“I wonder how that new team member’s getting on,” you ask yourself in a rare quiet moment.

You hear yourself mutter, “Some support sure would be nice,” as you step out of that bubble to meet the rest of your day.

The PMO Study

The PMO role is a position where there are many interactions each day; lots of internal thought about how things are going and what the next steps might be; a role which is ultimately about supporting people in the workplace.

The role of the PMO practitioner brings together the science and the art – the tools, techniques and processes with the human behaviours that make projects, programmes, and portfolios tick.

The Emotional and Personal Intelligence PMO Study is about wanting to better understand the competencies that focus on our relationships, other people and ourselves, in our everyday PMO work.

PMO Flashmob in conjunction with Adaptimist Insights is conducting a new study which will allow us to understand more about the art side of the PMO role. The emotional and personal intelligence competencies that allow the PMO to work effectively with people at all levels of an organisation; to be able to create and provide services that support the successful delivery of P3M.

The study uses the Multidimensional Inventory for Personal Intelligence tool (MIPI) which enables participants from the PMO community to complete a short assessment.

Individuals will receive a complimentary 13-page Feedback Report which summarizes the unique strengths and challenges associated with their individual MIPI scores.

The responses from each participant will be anonymised, grouped and analysed to provide insights into the non-cognitive competencies that PMO’s collectively bring to the table as they perform their jobs. These insights are valuable because they can help PMO’s everywhere understand what “soft skills” their peers use to get results. When taken in conjunction with a personal MIPI profile, a PMO could use this information to develop their own action plan to fine-tune their job performance.

PMO participants are invited to take part in the study and enable us to publish a formal report and research paper.

The MIPI is composed of three main clusters of competencies—emotional, social and motivational—all of which are necessary to survive in a highly competitive, fast-paced environment. Some of these, however, will be more important than others to overall effectiveness in a PMO environment.

This study is intended to develop a non-cognitive profile of the average PMO professional.

How does this help you?

Once we know the results, we’ll communicate them to you along with a set of recommendations on how PMOs can make the most of them.

Since you’ll get your own personal feedback form, you’ll be able to compare your scores to those of the group to find out what adjustments will be most beneficial to you. All for free!

The PMO Study

About Lindsay Scott

Lindsay is the founder of PMO Flashmob and a Director at PMO Learning - the sister company to PMO Flashmob and the best training company for PMO people in the world! She's also the creator of London's first dedicated PMO Conference; Director of Arras People and PMO enthusiast. Loves dogs and gin.

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