Upskilling for Futures-Ready Leadership with Greg Githens and Bruce Gay

Prework: 1.0 hour

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to: 

  • Improve their team discussions and decision-making by recognizing anticipatory assumptions and emerging common sense.
  • Recognize envisioning as a competency and practice its foundational micro skills.
  • Enhance their ability to anticipate the unexpected and communicate it to others.


The phrase futures-ready means that multiple futures exist (the ones we prefer, the ones that are probable, and the wild cards). When you are futures-ready in your personal leadership style, people will notice that your ways of working are more proactive and inclusive. Futures readiness contrasts with the defensive future-proof stance, which is based on a wish to avoid discomfort and retain the status quo.

When your organization practices futures readiness, it will result in more more-nuanced governance, flexibility and innovation, in addition to increased collaboration. 

This personal leadership training is well suited for those who value looking beyond conventional thinking. Along with your peer learners, you will discover and apply a set of frameworks and practices that will increase your resilience and business acumen.


In addition to 7 PDUs for attending this training, you will also have an opportunity to earn 1 additional PDU for participating in prework. Registrants will receive details regarding participation prior to the start date. This is a great opportunity to earn a PDU at no extra cost!



    • Futures ready versus futures proofed
      • Business continuity as a balance of hardening, adaptation, and transformation
      • Guiding attitude of futures ready leadership 
      • “Lean in” to the future and bounce forward
    • Personal leadership and resilience
      • Ordinary and extra-ordinary leadership
      • Personal leadership and influencing skills
      • Coordination
    • Envisioning
      • Developing micro skills and habits of mind
      • What to do when you don’t know what to do
      • Thinking strategically
    • Upskilling anticipation
      • Three types of anticipation
      • Recognizing anchors of the status quo
      • Speaking truth to power
    • Better questions and conversations
      • Using clean language questions 
      • Reframing strategic narratives
      • Designing a pivot
      • Creating options for growth and flexibility
    • Call to action and wrap up
      • What will you do differently?
      • Resources

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 0 7 0 7.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 7 0 7.00
PMI-SP® 0 7 0 7.00
PMI-RMP® 0 7 0 7.00
PfMP® 0 7 0 7.00
PMI-PBA® 0 7 0 7.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Gregory D. Githens PMP

Greg Githens’ mission is to upskill individuals to make positive impact by delivering useful ideas and new perspectives. His engaging enthusiastic style has earned him the reputation as one of PMI’s most popular speakers.

Greg is the author of How to Think Strategically: Sharpen Your Mind. Develop Your Competency. Contribute to Success. This highly rated book explains that strategic thinking is an individual competency composed of 20 microskills. Because strategic thinking is rare and valuable, those who demonstrate it have more value to their organizations and are more promotable.

Greg has been a featured speaker at PMI congresses, PMI chapters, The Management Roundtable, and elsewhere. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University (USA) and a master’s degree from Miami University (USA).


Bruce Gay PMP

Bruce Gay, PMP, helps individuals improve their project management skills, become better leaders, and achieve professional greatness. He has over two-and-a-half decades worth of experience managing large, complex programs and customer relationships across multiple industries. In his current role, Bruce manages a PMO and is responsible for operational and delivery excellence for a 100+ person R&D organization of software engineers, product managers, machine learning and NLP scientists, security experts, and cloud engineers. For the past 15 years, he managed product teams that incorporated UX Design and Design Thinking methodologies into their product development processes. 

Bruce has presented at both regional and international conferences, including the PMI global conferences in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dublin, Ireland, Netherlands, and Jamaica. Bruce lives in Pittsburgh, Penn. with his wife, two daughters, and his dog. Bruce is an active volunteer with the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter and is their Director of Corporate Sponsorship. Bruce shares his experiences and ideas around Design Thinking on twitter: @brucegay and on his website: 

Training Information

16 September 2024
Start Time
8:00 AM
1 Day


Member Price
(US$705.00 before 5 August)
Nonmember Price
(US$910.00 before 5 August)
Government Price
Student Price

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