Leading Complex Projects By Ideo U – Free Download Course By Katie Soven & Dwayne Edwards
When it comes to complex projects, unexpected challenges and changing timelines are expected. Great leaders embrace this complexity—they don’t try to control it. They understand that people—the team and stakeholders—are key to successful project outcomes. In this course, you’ll learn how to balance logic and intuition to guide others through the inevitable ups and downs of complex projects. Rather than learning traditional project management tools and tactics, you’ll gain tools for establishing team alignment and discovering what motivates and engages each of your team members so you can empower your team to deliver stronger outcomes.
*Note: This course does NOT teach you traditional project management tools and tactics. Instead, it focuses on project leadership and the strengths of your teammates so you can enhance the processes you already use.
Clarify the problem you’re tackling to uncover more effective solutions.
Motivate the team to deliver stronger outcomes by using tools to develop a shared understanding and clearly defined purpose for the work.
Tap into your intuition and your team’s intuition to make decisions when there is too much or too little information.
Design for moments of alignment using different frameworks and activities to gain buy-in from the team and key stakeholders.
What You’ll Learn:
Week 1: Introduction – Explore Complexity
Understand the unique mindset and behavior shifts needed to successfully lead a complex project, and how this course will help you build a flexible and adaptable project leadership toolkit.
WATCH A SNEAK PEEK
Leading Complex Projects — A sneak peek of the course
1 VIDEO LESSON
Complex Project Leadership — Guiding both the work and the team
Develop Awareness of Your Intuition: In this meditation, you will explore the associations you have to intuition and start to cultivate your intuitive abilities through focused attention and awareness.
Visualize a Complex Project: When you see or hear the words “complex project”, visualize what comes to mind and describe what it means to you.
The Feeling of Complexity: Recall a time when things got complex on a project you were working on. How did it make you feel?
Week 2: Enable Outcomes
Create the conditions for stronger outcomes to emerge by developing a clear purpose for the work and activating the intrinsic motivation of individuals.
5 VIDEO LESSONS
Articulate the Why — Defining the purpose of the project
Mentor Moment — The importance of naming the project
The Power of Simplicity — Guiding principles and their benefits
Leading Through Generosity — Strategies for motivating others
The Project of Self — Becoming a more self-aware project leader
Craft Your Project Purpose Statement: In this assignment, we’ll guide you through the steps to understand and define your project’s underlying need, intended audience, and desired impact, and synthesize them into a simple and concise statement of purpose.
The Importance of Purpose: Think back to a personal or professional project where you assumed you knew the purpose but later learned that your assumption may have been off the mark. What impact did this have on you and the outcomes of the work?
The Name Game: What surprises you about Shuya’s opinion on naming projects, and what feels most helpful about the tips she’s shared?
Guiding Principles: If you already use some form of guiding principles in your work, what impact did they have on a past or present project? If you don’t currently use them, what opportunities do you have for crafting guiding principles, either individually or collectively?
Emotional Triggers: What was the last strong emotion that surfaced for you at work? Describe the circumstances and the behaviors you adopted in response. How might you react to this same situation or emotion in the future?
A Personal Connection: When was a time someone identified a personal passion or interest in you and created an opportunity for you to connect that with your work? What impact did it have on you and the outcomes of the work?
Week 3: Design Alignment
Move the project forward by integrating individual perspectives into collective understanding and shared meaning.
4 VIDEO LESSONS
A Systems View — Mapping and visualizing the project network
Mentor Moment — Understanding different mental models
Collective Communication Techniques — Building a shared understanding
From Obstacle to Advantage — Tips for utilizing disagreement
Map the Project System: In this assignment, you will create a systems map of your project that visualizes each stakeholder and the exchanges of information between them. You will use this map to spot opportunities to improve or repair alignment.
Aligning Stakeholders: Think about a project you worked on that involved a lot of stakeholders with different perspectives. How did you try to create alignment and bring people along?
Mental Models That Differ from Our Own When we encounter a mental model that differs from ours, often our natural reaction is to assume the other person is wrong or misinformed. How do you commonly respond to a different mental model, and how would you like to respond differently going forward?
Collective Knowing: We’ve shared a few ways to create collective knowing through group communication. Choose one technique you’ve used before. How did it go?
Separate the Person from the Behavior: We have a tendency to label behaviors, but when we label someone as a naysayer, we communicate and assume that they are always that way. We see it as a situation of them versus us. Reflect on a time when you were the dissenting voice or you wanted to be, but couldn’t share your thoughts. How did that feel? How were others helpful to you or harmful in that moment?
Week 4: Leverage Intuition
Find direction and take action when there is too much or too little information by balancing rational and intuitive thinking.
3 VIDEO LESSONS
Beyond Reason — The value of intuition in complex situations
Sensing Opportunities — Strategies for surfacing intuition
Got a Hunch, Now What? — Methods for testing your intuition
Investigate Your Intuition: In this meditation, you will explore your reactions and responses around an intuition to determine if what you are experiencing is a genuine intuition or a bias, assumption, or strong emotion.
Analyze Your Intuition: Our intuitions can be a valuable source of information when we need to make decisions, solve problems, or foresee conditions. In this assignment, you will practice surfacing and analyzing your intuitions to identify patterns and insights.
Intuition In Your Own Words: What is intuition to you? Have you ever had an intuition that turned out to be right? Describe what happened and what you learned from the experience.
Welcome Intuition: Look across the seven strategies for surfacing intuition. Have you tried one of them before? What was the challenge you were facing and the result of using this strategy?
When Intuition Misleads: Think about a time when you acted on an intuition without thinking—and your intuition led you astray. Was there an underlying assumption, emotion, or bias that clouded your judgment? What happened and what did you learn from the experience?
Week 5: Conclusion – Build Resilience
Use the mindsets, behaviors, and tools for navigating complex situations in projects and apply them to other areas of your life.
2 VIDEO LESSONS
Beyond the Project — How genuine relationships elevate outcomes
The Most Complex Project of All — Applying lessons from projects to everyday life
Make a Plan: Reflect on what you have learned about yourself as a project leader along this journey, and make a plan for how you will continue to apply the mindsets and tools for leading complex projects.
Relationships and Resilience: Nothing builds our resilience more than relationships. How do you personally foster meaningful relationships with people in your projects?
Life Lessons: Recall a time when you faced uncertainty in your own life outside of work. How did you navigate the situation and what was the outcome?