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Ten Tips for Being a Better Project Manager

top 10Whether you are new to the profession of project management or have been a manager for years, there are always ways to improve. Stanley E. Portny reminds us it’s not about what you do but how you do it, and often the key to fixing any project problems lies in the way you relate to the people.

To become a better project manager you need to ask yourself why?  Why are your team members making certain requests or taking certain actions? Also, be a “can do” person. Look for creative ways to solve difficult problems, and never tell yourself it’s impossible. Some other tips include:

    •Think about the big picture

    •Think in detail

    •Assume cautiously

    •View people as allies, not adversaries

    •Say what you mean, and mean what you say

    •Respect other people

    •Acknowledge good performance

    •Be a manager and a leader

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to becoming not only a better project manager, but a better leader to your organization as a whole.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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