Whether cutting wasteful meetings, addressing conflict, or better aligning decisions with business needs, every decision a leader makes will have ramifications. It is approach, attitude and skills that will determine if those choices are helpful or a hindrance. Here are four ways that you can create a positive ripple effect.
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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.
As a project leader, one of your key tasks is to keep your teams motivated. To do so, you remind your people of the company vision, hold them accountable to targets and goals, mentor them, and support their work. But how does the one who motivates others every day stay motivated as well?
Just getting your feet wet in the project management pool? The most important studying this practitioner has done is of those around him. Learning from others is a vital tool in a prospective PM’s toolkit.
As a new project manager with a team that finds itself working remotely, how do you establish yourself as a leader? It all ties back to truth, openness and understanding.
New PMs are certain to be leading individuals who are far more knowledgeable on the project than they are. This creates an intimidating environment that can easily go wrong. Here are some ideas to help ensure it goes right.
Successful leaders don't just communicate to inform; they also communicate to influence and inspire. Business jargon and buzzwords won't cut it. Teams crave clarity of vision, and whether you are heading an organization or a project, you must take a critical look at how your words are crafted and received.
Experience is the most important quality for a project manager, but knowing how to apply that experience is the true secret to success. And in that regard, new practitioners have the edge.
We like to think we can impart some wisdom into people new to our profession, but we also have opportunities to learn from them. We have to try and look at how we execute projects in our organization through the lens of that new PM--and be prepared to question even the most fundamental part of that approach.
Guess what…this project manager went to a project management conference and it wasn't boring! In fact, it was very memorable. This two-part article recalls some thoughts from attending the recent PMI Global Congress 2016—North America in San Diego.