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Your PM Personality and Why It Matters

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Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States

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Personality type doesnt sound like a topic with much relevance to program management. Most of my DAU students in the program management PM career path dont think a lot about the impact of their personality or management style until they begin to have problems on the job. Then it slowly dawns on them that their personality may be part of the problem as well as the way forward to a solution. Effectiveness in the acquisition workplace requires much more than just knowing what to do. You have to be able to apply your knowledge in a variety of complex situations where by the book solutions often fail. This gives rise to the knowing-doing gap or the inability to translate subject-matter expertise into workplace results. As a manager, your results depend much less on what you know and do, and much more on what your team knows and can do. Therein lies the link between personality and results. Your personality impacts your management style, and your management style impacts how you interact with your team to achieve results.

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