Project Management Institute

Tomorrow Starts Now: A Foreword from the CEO

COVID upended almost every aspect of our lives last year— disrupting the very nature of how we live, work, and play. We now find ourselves at a unique moment in history. And as we look forward, we can see glimmers of how humanity is finding opportunities to not just recover, but transform.

This is not to diminish the economic and social challenges ahead. They are profound. But as we've seen since the pandemic first began, there is a new ecosystem of change-makers who are turning bold new strategies into reality.

This requires project leaders with a balance of technical know-how, business acumen and what we call power skills— like empathy, creativity, and inspirational leadership. Yet they must also have an understanding of the major trends reshaping the world and how those trends amplify and accelerate one another. Only then can they create a multiplier effect for powerful change.

As we’ve seen since the pandemic first began, there is a new ecosystem of change-makers who are turning bold new strategies into reality.

To help with that, PMI conducted an assessment of the most pressing, long-term trends around the globe—from COVID to climate change, equality movements to artificial intelligence. We evaluated research, news reports and industry data, and conducted interviews with project leaders—then synthesized those findings into one concise guide designed to benefit our stakeholders around the world.

I hope you enjoy and find useful this summary of the five megatrends we see driving the business world. As this year made clear, change is inevitable. But by understanding the drivers behind the volatility, organizations and their leaders can thrive in The Project Economy, delivering positive social impact at a time when it’s needed most.

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  • Megatrends 2021

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