Are you a good questioner? It’s a good question to ask yourself. You can’t always have all the right answers, but the right questions can transform your working relationships and help you focus on what’s meaningful to clients, partners, stakeholders and teams members. Here are nine ways that questions help us as project leaders.
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When it comes to getting more from your individual team members, it is far more effective (and rewarding) to leverage strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses. But how do you identify people who have the potential to be higher performers in the future? And what about chronic low performers?
Processes are merely metastasized intentions. To get many projects done, we judiciously work around executive oversight. We work the system so the system can work. And this reality, often unspoken, also applies to convening a PM training workshop that goes beyond passively memorizing someone else’s technical knowledge.
Any training workshop hoping to better inform project practitioners or their executives should not be limited to easily digestible facts. Instead, it should encourage attendees to determine what it really is that they are pursuing. This upfront challenge may not satisfy everyone in the beginning, but it could delight them by the end.
For any subject as personal as project management, it might make more sense to teach with mouth shut and to learn with mind open. Few experiences are more reassuring than discovering some universal principle for yourself and applying it to your project world. The Five-Minute Project Plan is an example.
Micromanaging is a tactic, not a leadership style, and every leader should understand the difference. Coaching skills come into play to ensure team members are on track and ready to win, whereas micromanaging activities are used to address poor performance and take corrective actions.
Project managers may not have formal authority, but they can develop certain types of power and can use it to influence stakeholders, sponsors and other key players. This power relies on building trust, knowing what your talking about, and having the courage to recommend the right things.
Better than a slide presentation, a good story can inspire and instruct. For project leaders, the ancient art of storytelling is a neglected tool for explaining initiatives and motivating teams. And if you’re not sure you’ve got a story to tell or the ability to tell it, here are nine tips for overcoming the biggest barriers to getting started.
A significant part of project leadership is providing meaningful opportunities to team members to develop and demonstrate their full potential. But it can be a challenge to balance the need to focus on the work at hand with their desire to pursue new roles and responsibilities. A presentation to stakeholders is a good place to start.