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Succeeding as a Project Manager: A Guide for Social Innovators

By August 3, 2016No Comments

Nationwide, the demand for project managers is skyrocketing: Project Management International, the governing body and certification institute for project managers (PMs), estimates 12% growth annually through 2020. For social enterprises, the need for project management skills is great: in running programs, managing staff, and fundraising. Yet, PM skills specifically for the sector have received little attention.

Recently, I and fellow Hubber Adrienne Lane of Water for Good shared tips on project management for social enterprise leaders. The half-day bootcamp included hands-on sessions with PM tools, role-playing, a strategy workshop, and a brainstorming session to optimize the resources of an arts program. The goal was to empower attendees to transform organizational operations by borrowing the best of traditional PM with a mission-based focus.

Our key takeaways — whether you are managing projects at a non- or for-profit — are below in this infographic:



Project Management tips infographic


Overall, the core takeaway was this: being a project manager requires a unique blend of organizational aptitude, communication skills, and emotional intelligence, all of which can be developed. As the need for effective project management grows, so too, do the opportunities to make an impact.

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