The one thing that most project managers lack is authority. Their team members don’t report to them, the vendors contract with the functional executives and project sponsors can shift priorities frequently.
But they do have one thing in their arsenal that they can use effectively to drive project success. And that is INFLUENCE.
“Influence is the ability to drive action. When you share something in real life or on social media and people respond, that’s influence.”
The Klout Score in the online world today is a number between 1 and 100 that represents your influence. Now wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can assign a number to projects managers on their ability to influence. Just take a look at the Klout Scores of these well known people:
Barack Obama: 99
Lady Gaga: 94
Justin Bieber: 92
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: 85
My Klout Score is 49. The Klout Score measures your online influence. But wouldn’t it be great if say a project manager has his or her own PM Klout Score. It would indicate their level of skill, ability to influence others, an indication of their thought leadership, how others think of their skills as project managers and their passion for the discipline.
I know you are thinking how would we arrive at such a Score? Who would create a system to collect, monitor and administer it? Just like the three credit bureaus provide us our credit scores, so would an agency or maybe even a company can help maintain the PM Klout Score. What you do and what others think about you is a better system to gauge project management competency. This could be a unifying concept across the project management associations like PMI, IPMA, IEEE and American Management Association, all of whom are trying to certify project managers. And the great thing about such a score is that it could change over time. But beware it also has the potential to corrupt people’s behavior. Every coin has two sides after all.
It’s a dream today, maybe some day we will wake up and find a PM Klout Score on our project management resume.
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