Project Management

Manage Yourself: Timeless Principles to Manage the Most Important Project

Chad Husted

Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People teaches timeless, universal principles to help us be our best. I couldn’t help but notice how nicely these habits apply to making me a better project manager. While this article is not meant to be an exhaustive commentary on Covey’s 7 habits, perhaps you can relate to some of my observations.

Habit #1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)
Proactive means acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes. Being proactive is a helpful quality for one who desires to be successful and happy in life.

Unfortunately, many of us believe we are proactive when we really aren’t. For example, it may surprise you to realize that failure to be proactive explains why you get upset about something that does not go your way. I’m sure you can think about many situations in hindsight and say, “Dang, if I had only ______, then this wouldn’t have happened.” Proactive people say in hindsight, “I’m sure glad I _____, so everything could work out like this.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that being proactive will make everything work in your favor every time. I am saying that it definitely helps.

Proactive people take responsibility for their actions. People who are not proactive often find others to …

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