Project Management

10 Key Enablers (and 5 Impediments) to Positive Project Performance

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

What factors improve the odds that project teams will deliver superior project performance? What factors inhibit those performances? What actions can be taken to increase positive performance enablers, and what actions can be taken to eliminate negative influences? Here is some food for thought, as inspired by the recent PMI Pulse of the Profession® report The Future of Project Work: Moving Past Office-Centric Models.

Project Performance Enablers
Engaged leadership, team chemistry, and charismatic leadership are common components that enable superior project performance. By combining these three elements, teams can overcome challenges more effectively, stay focused on their objectives, and ultimately deliver superior project performance. These elements create positive work environments where team members feel empowered to contribute their best efforts toward achieving common goals.

  • Effective leadership is essential to any successful project. Leaders inspire their teams to achieve greatness by fostering open communication, trust, and collaboration. Engaged leadership provides direction and support and instills a sense of purpose and motivation within the team.
  • When team chemistry is strong, members can leverage each other's strengths and work together seamlessly toward a shared vision.
  • Additionally, charismatic leadership can ignite passion and drive among …

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