5 ½ Secrets of Resilient Project Managers

5 ½ Secrets of Resilient Project Managers


Doug Hensch, MAOM, M.Ed.

Executive Coach

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

Many experienced project managers began their careers when mobile phones, email and the internet were not yet mainstream. In the last two decades, a great deal has changed. In fact, the pace of change is blinding. Employers are asking employees to be connected to their work for longer hours with the ever-present smart phone. Reactions to the market place that used to take months now demand results in days or even hours. On top of that, today's employee is more cognizant of the value of paying attention to family and personal needs. Employees know that a change in the marketplace can lead to re-organization and layoffs. This relentless pressure calls for new skills and ways of thinking that improve performance and lead us to higher levels of well being. The research is very clear that resilience is a foundational skill that is, at once, critical to success in today's workplace and can be learned with some directed effort. And, today's project manager is called upon to manage his/her life in this new, turbulent era and help the members of his/her team work effectively under stress, anxiety and change. Demonstrating resilience as a project manager and developing this strength in others can be seen as a form of risk mitigation that improves organizational performance. This paper offers up five areas for discussion with research from the last 30 years to guide a more effective way to direct the people side of project management. This 1-hour talk is packed with anecdotes, science and tips for building resilience at the individual and team level.

Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:
Corporate table for 10: $550
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:00 PM - PMIWDC Members Only Book Club Meeting
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:15 - New Member Meet & Greet (Read More)
7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:45 - Guest Speaker
9:00 - Adjourn
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Doug Hensch, MAOM, M.Ed.

Executive Coach

Doug Hensch, brings a wealth of experience and passion to the work he provides for his clients. His philosophy is simple: Set meaningful goals. Identify your strengths. Work in them regularly.

This philosophy guided him at Nextel Communications where he led the company’s eCare efforts that resulted in yearly savings that exceeded $10 million. Working in his strengths with purpose helped him launch a leading self-improvement web site that helped over 100,000 people increase their well-being and resilience.

Doug has touched the lives of business executives, managers, and individual contributors with innovative coaching, engaging workshops, and thought-provoking consulting. Dr. Martin Seligman, Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the ‘father of Positive Psychology,’ referred to Doug as one of his “most talented young colleagues.”

His expertise is in coaching, facilitation, instructional design, and consulting. He has created workshops that focus on resilience, strengths, well-being and goals. In addition, Doug has been called upon to lead courses designed by his clients in the areas of consulting skills, presentations, conversations, and networking.

As an executive coach, Doug relies on his curiosity, experience and in-depth knowledge of human potential to help individuals set and exceed their goals. He typically uses a 360 review and several assessments (including the MBTI and Realise2 Strengths Survey) to lay the groundwork for transformation.

His clients include the following:

  • National Extended Warranty (NEW)
  • Freddie Mac
  • Baker Tilly
  • Paychex
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • National Cancer Registrars Association
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Farm Credit Administration (FCA)
  • George Mason University

Doug received his Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Organizational Management.

Doug lives and works in Leesburg, VA, and spends his free time coaching his two boys’ sports teams and volunteering with various organizations in the community.

About the Monthly Dinner Meetings

The PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are held at the Sheraton Tysons (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182), typically on the second Tuesday of each month (subject to change due to holidays and venue/speaker availability). Members and non-members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington, DC area has to offer.

The presentations are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).


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