Project Managers More than just Plate Spinners and Ball Jugglers

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Passion for project management combined with a passion for people creates energy, enthusiasm and engagement. Engagement leads to success. It is when we are most engaged that we will "run through walls" for others. This blog focuses on ways to keep our project teams engaged and the way we can keep ourselves engaged and effective. As Lori Wilson (projectmanagement.com) described it "Project management is like tap dancing on a moving floor". Let's LEARN TO DANCE!

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This is the second in a series of posts based on the questions I ask project managers when we explore being a Project Motivator and the concepts of strengths-based project management. I ask these questions of my readers and workshop attendees, but I think it is important to be transparent, so I share my answers too....

How does your organization view the role of the project manager?

I have worked in many organizations and their attitudes have all been different. Some see the project manager as the timekeeper with no expectation that the project manager will become a subject matter expert, other organizations have expected that project managers will be the go-to person who can represent the project and the team at every level. Still, other organizations have not known what to expect, they just believe that a project manager is necessary. These organizations can be a lot of fun because you can set the tone for what a project manager does!

What do you believe your role is in building team engagement?

I believe that building team engagement is the biggest part of our role. Team engagement directly relates to project success. Also, greater engagement means more fun on the job, means that people go the extra mile!

How engaged are you?

I have been fortunate to be very engaged in all my recent roles. The fascination I have for team engagement means that I am always experimenting and learning and engaged. My focus is on the team and getting them behind the project goals and that is a lot of FUN! My strengths of Appreciation of beauty and excellence, bravery, curiosity, fairness, and gratitude have all stimulated the projects that I work on. I have worked with great teams, who have been willing to try new things and that has kept my projects fresh and interesting.

 What strengths do you already have?

I use many strengths in my day-to-day role which is another reason project management is perfect for me. As mentioned above, my go-to strengths are Appreciation of beauty and excellence, bravery, curiosity, fairness, and gratitude.

What do you want to learn about now?

I want to learn more about motivating project managers in becoming the focal point of building team engagement. I want to learn about what you want in order to be more fulfilled and more effective in your role as a project manager! I’d love it if you would email me with your requests and suggestions! 

Strategies for Success

Be Hopeful: You will be the type of project manager who builds great teams.

Anyone who is willing to learn about team engagement and try even a few of the ideas will make a positive difference to the experience of the team!

Be strong: How can you leverage your strengths for the benefit of the team?

I have found that using my strengths mindfully – whatever they are – benefits the team (and me!) in so many ways!

Be brave: Try new things to help the team bond and grow.

I have discovered that when we try new things together, we bond, we learn, and we grow. Even if the new things don’t always work out as expected! Some of the tightest bonds are formed when things don’t go as expected or planned!

Be curious: What questions will you ask to find out what your team wants and needs?

I am reminded of the TV program New Amsterdam where the Medical Director, Max Goodwin asks all the time, “How can I help?” That is a good start. Some other great questions are, “what do you need?” “What’s going well?” and “What are your challenges?”

Posted on: May 16, 2019 12:00 AM | Permalink

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Wonderful post sharing great questions and answers related to project manger. Thanks a lot!!

Ruth,

Your statement, “Some of the tightest bonds are formed when things don’t go as expected or planned” was well stated. I have found this true as well in my practice as adversity builds a multitude of relational and leadership qualities that renders success.

Great post!

Ruth, I totally agree with the strategies for success, I also think bieng "emotionally intelligent" helps as well

Ruth, I totally agree with the strategies for success, I also think bieng "emotionally intelligent" helps as well

Thank you for the great comments. What strategies for success would you offer in addition to the ones that are in the article?

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