One of the most important prerequisites for building great professional relationships with team members and stakeholders is trust . Without trust it’s impossible for a project to function effectively as people are unlikely to open up, collaborate and follow someone who they feel they can’t rely on. Trust is essential for working together. Many team members and stakeholders have specialized jobs and responsibilities and the only way to collaborate effectively is to understand each other, which is the core of trust. For project and change managers a high-trust environment is particularly important, as the very nature of our job is to lead people through a period of high uncertainty and change. In addition we often interface with people who are more senior than us and who don’t report to us. As we can’t rely on hierarchical reporting lines to move things forward, we have to make use of our interpersonal skills and our ability to influence people in more subtle ways.
Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More > Related Posts: 360 assessment for project staff So, how good are you? What do you need to change to be more effective? Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobile Good project management skills are not enough
The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More > Related Posts: Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough… Where is your project Gateway review
Many old school managers are still of the belief that only a few common incentives motivate people, such as money and status. But research shows the opposite. People are not as heavily influenced by money as some think. One such study was carried out by Development Dimensions International and published in the UK Times newspaper. They interviewed more than 1,000 staff from companies employing more than 500 workers, and found many to be bored, lacking commitment and looking for a new job. Pay actually came fifth in the reasons people gave for leaving their jobs.
Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different. The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) … Read More > Related Posts: Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project… “Can you show me how to produce a Gantt chart?” Good project management skills are not enough Practical project management training – it works! What do you need to change to be more effective?