Transforming Your Team
Project managers understand transformations. They go through many personal transformations on their professional journey, and they facilitate many transformations during each project’s journey—from charter to post-implementation review. Here are some examples:
- They transform uncertainty and ambiguity into clear direction that allows the team to move forward with confidence and facilitates buy-in from project stakeholders.
- They transform risky ventures into safe passages by applying risk mitigation techniques.
- They transform non-believers into project champions by communicating the benefits of the project.
The purpose of this article is to discuss another transformation opportunity: The transformation of the project team into a group of positive-thinking leaders.
I run a senior football team (i.e., grown men who should know better playing tackle football). Like any sport, talent and technical skills count for a lot—but attributes such as passion, intensity and team spirit can transform an average team into a contender. Some of these non-technical attributes represent leadership. At the team’s annual orientation meeting, I say to the players, “In all endeavors, there are leaders and followers. In senior football, we can’t have followers, you all need to lead!” I believe we can make the same statement about projects.
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