Grzegorz Szalajko, Poland

Grzegorz Szalajko, Poland
Independent Strategic Advisor & Leading Editor of the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline

Grzegorz Szalajko is an internationally recognized expert in project management, specializing in developing sustainable project excellence culture in organizations.

Grzegorz is an independent strategic advisor, supporting managers in building strategies and environments for successful projects, effective changes and continuous improvement of management methods. He brings his experience and passion to global corporations and local market leaders in such industries as IT, telecommunications, automotive, BPO, banking, finance, education, energy, manufacturing and R&D.

Leading Editor of the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline global standard and one of the most experienced assessors the IPMA Global Project Excellence Award. Winner of the IPMA Otto Zieglmeier Award for outstanding contribution to project excellence. Core team member of the The Standard for Risk Management in Portfolios, Programs, and Projects published by PMI. Contributor to several other international standards. Author of several MBA and Executive MBA programs. Valued speaker at many international management events.

Heeelp! How to deal with external crisis influencing your project?

It can happen to all projects. Well, it actually happened (or will happen) to most of the projects in these challenging times. Be it pandemic, financial crisis, natural disaster, political or military conflict, all these situations are unavoidable from the project perspective and (at least in most cases) even difficult to define from the traditional risk management perspective as they catch us by surprise. As project managers we need to stay calm and navigate our project throughout these stormy times with confidence that will be anticipated by all key stakeholders.

This presentation is based on years of experience in managing projects throughout difficult times, including the early months of today’s pandemic. It shows a step by step process and many practical hints on getting the project in control to the extent possible given the situation. It’s a hopefully rarely needed knowledge that will probably save you a lot of trouble during your career as a project manager.


“Very pertinent topics delivered with passion and practical insights.”

“Great job! Congratulations for organisation. I had great and inspiring two days!! Bravo from Croatia!”

“A unique experience. Congratulations on the organization of the event. It was very good. Greetings from IPMA PERU.”

“Kudos to the team that made this event happen. To the moderators and speakers. You’ve been terrific! Until next time.”

“During this time, I attended Global PM Days, I tried to watch all of the seminars online. I got very excited about IPMA because of the professionalism of the speakers.”

“Congratulations, it is truly amazing what a high-level event you are organizing each half year. I wish there would be much more participants to benefit from it, step up the marketing! ;)”

“I would say the decision to participate in the conference was a weekend well-spent. I more than appreciate the global know-how and best practices shared on future organizations and talent management topics during the period full of challenges and behavioral changes in our companies. Thank you IPMA Young Crew for organizing such a wonderful and expert conference.”

“Thank you for organizing once again a great event at a very low price! I believe these are my fourth PM Days and it’s definitely worth getting up at 4.30 am. The presentations are interesting and entertaining and it is good to see a subject from different angles.”

“The keynotes gave me an overall insight of how wonderful the project management career is.”

“The conference was very interesting and I got lots of new information. Thank you for this opportunity. I am very much satisfied. Good luck.”

“Speakers and panelists are great. This is my first time attending an international conference and this has exceeded my expectations. In fact, I’m still a student, and meeting people that are proficient and well-known in the field that I am interested in really makes my heart jump from excitement and happiness.”

“First of all, congratulations on the excellent presentation and theme of the conference! Of all the notable and distinguished speakers, I singled out the presentations of Mr. Stephen Carver, Peter Milsom and Pete Morgan!”

“Keynotes, on how to handle project conflicts and manage people behaviours and attitudes in our organizations during an unexpected crisis at the online IPMA Young Crew conference GLOBAL PM DAYS 2020, were brilliant. Thank you and kudos to the entire event-organizing crew!”

“Thank you for this great event! Congratulations to the organizing team!”

“I just love the part to learn from successful and inspiring people! It was great! I hope next time I can attend it properly, this time work didn’t give me enough time to do it as I wanted but as far as I could, it was great.”

“The GPMD 2022 had a great diversity of speakers – from the founders of modern project management at hp – to ex-FBI/Scotland Yard negotiators – to self-made project management individuals and entrepreneurs. This conference is a highlight and stands for all the awesome facets of project management.”

“Wow. Everything went well. It was a great event and opportunity for everyone to know each other and network. Exposure is the price for exploit. Thank you for Global PM Days Team Organizers.”

“Thank you to the team organizing it, excellent work!”

“The whole event seems to have gone very well and I’m impressed with the arrangements and platform that were put in place. Thanks to you and your team for a job very well done!”

“Allow me to congratulate you on huge success – how professionally you did manage two busy days! Thank you very much for PM days online conference. For me, it was a new experience, and I have to admit, it is a pity for me, that I did not spend more time hearing more speakers and did not use more of its features.”