Believe in Yourself

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

As a more experienced project manager, I believe that one of the most important roles I have is to help and support PMs who are newer to the profession. Ultimately, that’s what my series of articles aimed at younger or less experienced project managers is about—and it’s one of the greatest pleasures I get when people reach out to me after events, via email or on social media.

I’m not alone in that. Project management is one of those professions that seems to really encourage help and support from the more experienced to the less. It’s also something that is really important; I can think of dozens of times in my career where I was able to become a better project manager because of the guidance I got from those who helped me.

However, there is another lesson less experienced project managers must learn—and that’s to not rely too much on the advice of others. Today more than ever, project management is about soft skills—the ability to create a team of people committed to the success of the project. That requires not just ability in those soft skills (communications, the ability to motivate, understanding of personality styles, etc.), but also an understanding of the project environment. It is that environment that will help the PM decide how much he or she can push the team, when they need encouraging and when they need to be …

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