PMI North Carolina Chapter

Chapter Meeting - March 2019: Be a Project Motivator: Social Intelligence for Project Managers

Chapter Meeting - March 2019: Be a Project Motivator: Social Intelligence for Project Managers

Non-Members $25, Members $10, Volunteers $0.   No refunds will be provided for cancellations. 

Please note a new topic (updated on February 27, 2019) to be presented at the Chapter Meeting.  There is no change of speaker, only a change of the topic to be presented.


Ask a group of project managers what they think about Social Intelligence and they will roll their eyes and laugh. The combination of social awareness and social facility is something that many project managers consider both important and rare. And survey data backs up that impression. Social Intelligence improves communication and rapport - two important tools in a project manager's toolbox. Yet project managers as a group tend to have lower social intelligence than those around them. They also seem to have lower perspective – at the same time the good news is that we are high in prudence! And we tend to have a healthy dose of hope. 

Character strength can change with deliberate practice and we can boost our social intelligence and improve perspective and in turn boost our effectiveness as project managers to help our organizations be more successful. Another route is to focus on our natural strengths to bridge the gap. Either way, adopting the principle of playing to strengths is a big first step. 

This session introduces the concept of Strengths-Based Project Management (SBPM) and incorporates learning and practice throughout. Attendees will leave with practical readily applicable practices to help them engage with their teams and stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of social intelligence.
  2. Understand how character strengths can help us to build social intelligence as project managers.
  3. Start spotting strengths in ourselves and others.
  4. Take steps to make character strengths work in all domains of life.

To get more out of the session, please take the free VIA Character Strengths survey at

Speaker:  Ruth Pearce ACC, JD, PMP






About the Speaker: 

Ruth Pearce is CEO of Project Motivator, an author and speaker, and a practicing project manager. Her 25 years’ experience is in a variety of industries including financial services, state government and non-profits. Ruth has spent her career learning and experimenting with engaging teams to make them happier and more productive and has published a book for project managers about team motivation.

She is an energetic and engaging speaker with a track record of bringing the new science of positive psychology to the world of project management. She believes that the role of the project manager is changing and becoming more pivotal as organizations become more and more project based. A big part of that change is that it is no longer someone else’s challenge to build engagement and motivation. Project managers have the chance to change employee experiences in the workplace and to build better organizations for the future.

Ruth is an ACC accredited coach with the ICF, and Certified Coach Trainer, Certified Strengthsfinder Coach (Gallup), Certified to administer EQ-I. She has held her PMP since 2007 and is also a PMI-ACP. She graduated Valedictorian from Concord Law School in 2012.

Her book, Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secret of Strengths-Based Project Management is available on Amazon and through her publisher, Berrett-Koehler. She is also a co-author of Coaching Perspectives VIII published by the Center for Coaching Certification.

"Ruth Pearce knows project management from the inside out. She knows the best project managers use their influence to engage their teams—and with that engagement comes motivation and commitment to the projects and to each other. Read Be a Project Motivator and watch your project teams thrive.” Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager® and Servant Leadership in Action.

Meeting Agenda

5:30 - 6:30 PM   Networking / Dinner

6:30 - 7:00 PM   NCPMI Business Announcements

7:00 - 8:00 PM   Featured Presentation: Be a Project Motivator: Social Intelligence for Project Managers

8:00 - 8:15 PM   Q&A 

New member orientation will be held in the Capital City room from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Event Details

Event Date 03-21-2019 5:30 pm
Event End Date 03-21-2019 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 12-30-2018
Registered 251
Available place 49
Cut off date 03-21-2019 8:00 pm
Individual Price $25.00
Location Sheraton Imperial RTP
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