If the pressures of the job increase and become the norm, it can be easy for project managers to become insensitive to mental wellness issues that could be manifesting in their team—and themselves. It doesn't have to be this way.
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Question: Our new diversification program involves not only including all ethnocentricities and gender identifications, but people of multiple ages. How am I supposed to effectively manage a team with so many different (and potentially opposing) approaches to working on my projects?
Many project managers start their careers with informal projects, which are managed without using any formal structure, approach or control. Is that an appropriate first step for a potential PM?
PMOs tend to speak the language of projects—and that's a barrier when it comes to engaging business leaders. To have meaningful communications with leadership, they need to intelligently speak the language of business—the language of value.
Many people with leadership titles aren’t very good at leading people. They may be excellent at developing strategies, but building belief, trust and commitment in the teams that must execute those strategies is an altogether different skillset.
Managing a project is like coaching a team. Every decision you make leads to plays on the field that succeed or fail. It’s natural to fear making the wrong decision and the consequences. The TV character Ted Lasso emulates how project managers can overcome fear and lead in a better way.
Disruptive risks are growing in significance and impact, so mitigating or transferring risk entirely is no longer going to be enough. How does our approach to risk need to evolve?
Some behaviors have the potential to build respect in any setting. Here we highlight five—while also pointing out corresponding erosive behaviors to avoid.
Healthy, positive stress helps us be more productive. But when it starts to turn negative, the wheels can come off of our projects—and our wellbeing. It’s up to project managers to recognize when that’s happening.
When a relative needed help finding a missing dog, this practitioner jumped into action and relied on her project management skills to lead the search. Read about the valuable lessons learned from this “real life” project.