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Project managers and their teams agree that communication and connecting stakeholders to the goals of a project are core to the role of project managers. Connection is a fundamental part of both aspects of our role. Connection is built on social intelligence – the way that we build and maintain relationships with others and elicit co-operation.

And it is hard to engage social intelligence when we are stressed and anxious. Creating space for ourselves, knowing ourselves and taking deliberate steps to build up our toolbox of practices to help others is critical in these times of unpredictability. This session explores social intelligence in project managers and provides tools for building social intelligence from the moment the session starts. Research shows spotting and leveraging character strengths is a fast, effective way to enhance appreciation of our colleagues’ motivation and purpose. And that appreciation builds social intelligence. The good news is that character strengths spotting is easy and fun and can be learned in as little time as it takes to attend a workshop. In this interactive transformative workshop, you will learn how to recognize, acknowledge and cultivate character strengths. You will be able to apply character strengths to your communication and develop specific actions that elevate your role as a connector and enhance the experience for your teams.

• The importance of Social Intelligence for Project Managers

• The challenges and opportunities of Social intelligence

• Using Character strengths to develop Social Intelligence

o Character strengths in you o Seeing strengths in others

o Leadership and Communication leveraging strengths

Take the free VIA Character Strengths Survey here to get your personalized strengths ranking here:

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Ruth brings over 25 years of experience in the field of project management in the domains of financial services, state government, education and non-profits. She is also an experienced group coach, author, speaker and trainer. She holds the position of Product & Practice Development Consultant at the VIA Institute on Character.

Her core competencies are in bringing the research and practices of positive psychology – in particular character strengths – to the workplace through training and coaching. She loves to share the best evidence-based tools and methods with her followers.

Ruth has spoken to more than 20,000 people in more than 45 countries about the topic of Social Intelligence for Project Leaders and loves to study character strengths use among project managers to better understand how they can grow in influence and success. Over the last few years, mindfulness has become an integral part of her speaking and writing as she advocates increasingly for mental health. She has attended the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief) program at DUKE and the (MBSP) Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice program at VIA, which she will start leading later this year.

Her book Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Project Management was published in 2018.

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