A Hybrid Model: The Optimal Choice Going Forward
Since the pandemic, “hybrid” has emerged as a standard for not just a mode of work and business operations but also the way we manage projects and lead teams. In essence, hybrid allows us to blend different styles or methodologies for better outcomes — remote with an in-office experience, technology and human expertise, Scrum and Kanban for Scrumban or Disciplined Agile which brings agile tools and techniques together to help a team choose their own way of working.
The hybrid approach promises many new possibilities, such as greater flexibility, increased productivity, higher effectiveness, and lower project costs. However, adapting to a hybrid environment comes with new challenges — miscommunication, poor coordination, digital skills gaps, social isolation and poor work-life balance.
What must leaders do adapt to the new style of working and managing teams? How do team leaders catch signs of burnout? What new skills will project managers need in the future of work? The Project Management South Asia Conference (PMSAC22) from 9–10 December in Mumbai, India will answer many of these questions.
The conference theme “Hybrid and Beyond: A Paradigm Shift” will focus on various perspectives:
• The role of technology in enabling a unified workforce, better collaboration, and effectively tracking project progress.
• The focus on an emphatic leadership style to forge a connection and build trust with team members across locations.
• The new skills that project managers will need to remain adaptable and respond quickly to changing responsibilities, strategies, and trends.
• The need to develop emotional intelligence and a people-centric mindset to counter the burgeoning mental health crisis in the world
Manage South Asia reached out to the conference speakers to interpret “hybrid and beyond” from their perspectives.
Adaptability: The Key to Moving Forward
The most powerful lesson that COVID-19 taught me was adaptability. It reinforced my belief that ‘adaptability is my new superpower.’ I had practiced this principle of war in the army. It easily helped us adapt to the unprecedented conditions that turned around our lifestyles. We experimented in our own ways and shifted gears to pivot out of the situation. I learned that it is not the biggest or the strongest who survives tough times, but the one who adapts to change quickly.
History shows that after every downturn, there is an upswing. Adaptability did not only help us to weather the storm but also surf the tidal waves during the storm. That enabled us to take a leap forward and be ready for the new and transformed post-COVID world.The emerging hybrid world is full of challenges. While some struggle to survive, others, the winners, pivot on their heels and shift gears to create new springboards to success.
Let’s rise and demystify the anatomy of resilience and skyrocket to success. Let’s be future-ready.
Brig Sushil Bhasin (Ret.) served the Indian Army for 34 years. He is a “Military Inspired Leadership and Time Consciousness”coach and a TEDx and keynote speaker. He has authored six books, including “Design Your Life and Million Dollar Second.”
He will share insights on the topic “Shifting Gears: Are you Future Ready?” at the PMSAC22.