It is the task of the project manager to be aware of the larger environment in which her/his project is operating.
One approach that helps the project manager achieve this insight is systems thinking.
Being a systems thinker enables us to perceive the interplay of forces that surround and interact with us.
Systems thinking asks us to go beyond our reactive mindset and our knee-jerk reactions to life.
Now, just having a reactive mindset is not, in itself, a bad thing. For instance, if we don’t react immediately to
putting our hand on a stove burner that has been turned on, we are going to...