Project Management

How to Stay Empathetic During Complex Projects

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

Projects are becoming more complex, and your team members may not be mentally ready. Despite their knowledge and expertise, the obstacles that they face may cause concern or anxiety. You can be more successful at bringing your project to a successful conclusion if you are empathetic to these concerns.

There are many characteristics of complex projects that could cause concern. If you understand these characteristics and can anticipate what members of your project team feel about them, you will be able to respond appropriately. You will be able to say the right things at the right time to get the project team moving ahead despite fears they have of failure.

Here are four example characteristics that may concern members of your project team—with help on how to respond as a leader. Each ends with questions you should ask to get input from the team, a key way for them to be part of the solution.

1. When the problem is a huge number of stakeholders, your project team can see many possibilities for miscommunication and confusion that can present obstacles throughout the project.

Your response should involve guidance such as the following:

  • “We know how to be successful here. Good communication is the key and we will put plans in place to make sure we are successful in our messages.”
  • “We will anticipate the needs and unique challenges of…

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