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International Project
Management Day 2023

Better Thinking for Better Results – How to Strengthen Your Power Skills

Mario Arlt

Consultant, Lecturer & Executive Coach
International Institute for Learning (IIL)
Mario Arlt

About the Presentation

In today’s world of ever-increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity successful problem solving is an important business skillset. To solve complicated, complex, or even wicked problems, Better Thinking skills should make the priority list of project leaders and improve on three important power skills: critical thinking, innovative thinking, and ethical reasoning.  

While AI and automation will eliminate a number of project management tasks, such as power skills will be in high demand, especially the capability to think through complex issues, find innovative solutions and make sound decisions based on ethical principles. This talk makes the case that Better Thinking matters and explores what obstacles we need to overcome to become better thinkers. We also look into the importance of creativity and ethical reasoning in addition to critical thinking, and how these three power skills can help us excel in our personal and professional lives.  

Most importantly, this talk on Better Thinking focuses on practical examples for your daily work as a project, program, or portfolio manager.  

Key Takeaways

  • The case for investing into Better Thinking skills.  
  • Preventing common errors in judgement.  
  • Reframing your mindset towards innovation.  
  • Applying ethical reasoning to decision making.  

About Mario Arlt

Mario is an experienced change & project management leader, lecturer, and executive coach. Most recently, Mario led a 5-year digital transformation for the project businesses of ABB Industrial Automation and previously ABB’s Group Project Management efforts. Previously, Mario ran a PM COE at SIEMENS USA and worked for PwC and KPMG. Mario holds a Doctorate in Project Management from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne, AU) and master’s degree in economics from Konstanz University (Germany). He teaches at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland) and has held teaching positions with the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and Technical University of Denmark.