The first-time project manager may face many difficulties when adjusting to the new position. The transition from operational level to manager is not easy; but when you look back at the work you’ve done make sure you didn’t make any of Raman Singh’s top four mistakes.
1. Forgetting to manage things. You might be thinking, “Well, duh, how could I forget that?” But it’s actually pretty common. A new manager will be so overwhelmed by all the new tasks, that managing the people (and remembering that they are there to help) will be overlooked.
2. Not listening to team members. There is a difference between a group of people and a team. It’s the project manager’s job to take each individual’s efforts and turn it into teamwork.
3. Thinking about goals and not people. The people are the most important part of the organization. Don’t forget them in your newfound enthusiasm for meeting project goals.
4. Slowly transitioning to the new role. Many new managers lengthen the transition by continuing to worry about old projects. Instead, concentrate on your leadership position. Soon you, and the people around you, will forget that you’re new to the job.