This is a great time for you to be a project manager. There have never been more opportunities for you to achieve your project goals and make an impact on your world.
If you are like most project managers today, you are overwhelmed with several projects and you have too little time to get it all done. As you struggle with project estimates, budgets, and risks, you engage with team members that bring their personal and professional issues into your world. Your ability to influence and manage these individuals is essential to your success.
Each project has its own unique culture, a world composed of team members’ beliefs, attitudes, values, behavior, and actions. The best project managers are not only aware of their project culture, they shape it. Rather than allowing their environment to define them, the best project managers enter their projects in a predetermined manner.
Tolerance can be a great trait. However, project managers must be deliberate in what we will tolerate and what we will not tolerate. Project managers must not permit things that cause disorder, degradation, and uncertainty.
10 Things Successful Project Managers Never Tolerate
In March, I will focus on situations where the project manager should not tolerate things in themselves such as poor facilitation of meetings. We will discuss how project managers should address poor team member behaviors such as being late to meetings. We will also look at scenarios where project managers should influence behaviors between team members such as showing respect to one another.
Think of the project manager as a shepherd. Shepherds must know their destination, provide guidance, protect their flocks, and ensure that the flocks are unified.
As leaders, project managers should first walk the talk. Before addressing the intolerable things of others, let’s lead with integrity. Let’s make sure we’re living up to the standard.
One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. -Eleanor Roosevelt
I am going to share ten things project managers should never tolerate. I will share tips, tools, and techniques that you can apply to achieve your project objectives and improve your success.
Through articles and videos, we’ll discuss the following topics:
- We will start with Poor Communication, which gives you insights into why it’s important to keep your teams small and tips to improve communication with your teams and stakeholders.
- Burned-Out Team Members encourages project managers to take care of themselves and their team members.
- Ineffective Risk Management gives you several reasons why risk management may become ineffective and what we can do to gain better project results through practical risk management.
- Next, a Slack Team Member provides tips on what to do when you are stuck with these members and, if necessary, how to remove them.
- Team Members That Fail to Own Their Gaps provides you ways to instill a greater sense of responsibility and ownership of project tasks by your team members. It gives project managers tips on minimizing gaps with their project sponsors.
- Poorly Run Meetings gives you ten practical tips on things to start and things to stop in your project meetings. We’ll address four common meeting problems.
- Next, we’ll discuss Individuals Who Cause Division. Speaks to building a team that promotes the sharing of diverse ideas while holding the core value of team unity in high regard.
- Mediocre Quality provides insights on encouraging excellence and how to make your team unforgettable. We will look at how to exceed your stakeholder’s expectations while conforming to the project requirements.
- Our next topic will be Disrespect; we’ll discuss situations where ill will may occur between project managers and their team members. I’ll provide tips on how to use words and actions to show respect to your team members.
- And finally, Poor Decision Making reveals decision-making problems, three types of decisions, and when to use each.
The best thing about the articles and videos is that each can be read or watched one day, and be applied on the next day. I will share insights born out of the school of hard knocks. You’ll identify with my stories, both the victories and the failures.
The project management tips will create positive, long-lasting results. Each article and video will give you new insights that will allow you to control your projects, increase your productivity, and lead more effectively.
I promise that if you follow the tips below, you’ll lead in a manner that improves the strength and power of your project teams. An average project manager who develops the habits I describe will run circles around a more experienced project manager lacking in the soft skills we will discuss.