“Productive people and companies force themselves to make choices most people are content to ignore.” Charles Duhigg in ‘Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business”
– Did you have a good day? – I had an excellent day, sweetheart. I had fun with some papers. – Like what? Did you shred your papers in little … Continue reading Thought of the week: it is all about attitude
I know. End-of-year deadlines of all sorts. Rush. Frustration to getting out-of-office responses. Overheated payments processing…. And once all is done (whatever is possible) – it is time to do nothing and get bored.
Boredom is beautiful. It gives a chance to new seeds to be planted and new ideas to grow. Here is to growth and creativity!
A project manager
Must think like a designer
Organise like an accountant
Inspire and motivate like a warrior
Move like a trackstar
Report like an auditor
Thank and stay humble like a servant
Project managers are executors by nature/by call. In times of crisis or trouble, they often find themselves in a leader’s role. Team members will look for clues. They will want … Continue reading Emotional intelligence: revisited
Thought of the week: “prep unto others as you would have them prep unto you” borrowed from top chefs advice.
Every kitchen has a Kitchenhand. Their tasks include basic food preparation such as washing salad and peeling potatoes. Yet rheir role is essential for the whole kitchen. If they do not come to work or stop doing the preparations, the whole kitchen stops. The chef might remember their names only when the supply is not at hand. Yet, he/she will pay the price if the kitchenhand is not looked after.
I find similarities in the project management world. Picture a big and important decision making meeting, for which the interpretation equipment was not tested and prepared. Or a new service launch day for, which the clients’ applications are not ready. Or an interoperatibility module which has two systems in test mode to connect to.
Basically, any of the above are tasks performed by what is tempting to see as “little people”: an assistant, an IT staff without a corner office, a liaison officer, etc. By my book, these are the most important links in the chain of a project.
Therefore, as a project manager Do:
– check regularly on them, to identify any difficulties they may have;
– help them with anything beyond their control:
a reminder to the supplier/contractor of its obligations under the contract for that interpretation equipment
a meeting with other departments/members of the team on that interoperability,
a cup of coffee or tea if they run out of breath doing all they can for the big project day.
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” Stephen R. Covey.
It might sound strange coming from a project manager who loves standard operating procedures and
streamlining. Some recent and not so recent manifestations showed me that by
listening to a different point of view,
embracing it and
acting on it together, in spite of our differences
is what makes a project great to work on.