Project Managers have to develop a variety of skills to be successful. As business needs change quickly and projects become more complex, staying on time and on budget becomes increasingly challenging. One way to rise up to this challenge is to focus on improving your skills. Here are 4 ways project managers can develop themselves.
Effectively managing the team is a must to ensure that the project is delivered on time, within budget and with the expected level of quality. Project managers have to lead their teams and guide them to deliver successful outcomes. Through its people analytics program, Google has identified 8 attributes that define top-performing managers. Cultivating these attributes will enable project managers to become better leaders and manage their teams.
- Be a good coach.
- Empower the team and don't micromanage.
- Expresses interest in and concern for team members’ success and personal well-being.
- Be productive and results-oriented.
- Be a good communicator by listening and sharing information.
- Help the team with career development.
- Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
- Develop the key technical skills that will help you to advise the team.
Nearly 90% of a project manager's time is known to be spent in communication, which means that Project Managers have to be excellent communicators. Research conducted by Quantified Communications has uncovered what visionary leaders do when they communicate. Project managers can use these simple techniques to hone their communication skills.
- Make things simple by breaking them down into steps.
- Use second-person pronouns and perceptual language to get your vision into the minds of your audience.
Whether you are talking to your team or your stakeholders, these techniques will help you to get your message across and become a better communicator.
The way you articulate your goals has an impact on how well you achieve them. If the goal is articulated in a positive way, as doing more of a good thing than less of a bad thing people tend to accept them more willingly. For example "I will pay attention during the meeting" is better than "I will not check my e-mail during the meeting".
Whether you are setting a personal goal or a project goal, think about the way it is articulated. A goal that focuses on something positive will help you and your team to have a better rate of success.
Learning and Adapting
As business needs and technologies change rapidly, project managers have to adapt. It's imperative to stay abreast of the trends in the industry and learn new skills which will help you to grow. The more open you are to leaning the more you will be able to compete and succeed.
Creation of new platforms, tools and applications will continue to grow. The industries of the future will not be what they are now. In order to adapt we have to be able to take our skills and domain expertise and learn how to orient them towards the new industries. Making a commitment to lifelong leaning will improve your ability to adapt and succeed.
How do you work on improving your skills? Share your thoughts in the comments.
- Effective Teams and Managers: What Google Has Learned - http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/brian-welle-wharton-people-analytic-conference/
- Mastering the Art of Communication: What Big Data Can Tell Us - http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/the-science-of-effective-communication/
- How to Have a Good Day at Work - http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/160523b_kwradio_webb-caroline-webb/
- ‘Industries of the Future’: Alec Ross Unveils the Winners - http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/introducing-industries-future-alec-ross-unveils-winners/