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Getting It Done: Project Management in Action by Project Management Institute

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Lessons Learned

Three things I learned from my executive master of business administration degree.

Suresh Gopalakrishnan, PMP

After a few decades of IT-related project management across a broad set of industries, I recently returned to school for an executive master of business administration degree (EMBA). The 18-month program was rigorous, challenging and exciting. Here are my three big takeaways from the experience:

1. EMPHASIZE TRAITS OVER SKILLS

Traits are innate, but skills can be taught. Often in the recruiting process, too much emphasis is placed on skills and not enough on traits. Organizations—and project managers—would be better served in the long run by focusing more on these traits, known as the five factor model:

  1. Conscientiousness ...

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