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The 4 Types of Project Manager

There is more than one way to grow a company, and project managers are actually at the core of that growth. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Carsten Lund Pedersen and Thomas Ritter identify four different types of project manager that can help the business grow in different ways. They say your organization should try to retain a healthy mixture of all four of these types: Executor Expert Gambler Prophet A Reliable Quartet The …

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How to Become a More Sophisticated Project Communicator

Effective communication with a variety of different people is pivotal to success as a project manager, yet people often underestimate how complicated effective communication actually is. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen describes how communication actually occurs across four different levels, and your communication will never be at its best until you can operate comfortably across all of them: Content Procedure and structure Interactions and behavior Feelings and …

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The 7 Aspects of Project Relationship Management

As project management professionals we all have become increasingly aware of the importance of the so-called “soft skills” aspect of our profession. In recent years, skills such as time management, communication (verbal and non-verbal), emotional intelligence (EQ), facilitation, conflict resolution, and organizational management have received more and more recognition as essential aspects of successful project management. Let’s add to that list a skill I like to call “Project Relationship Management” or PRM. There are upwards …

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How the Project Manager’s Vision Can Save a Project

Research from Harvard indicates that the major qualities that people expect to see in leaders–but not necessarily in their other colleagues–include being forward-thinking and encouraging others to look towards the future. This means that you as a project manager are critically expected to understand your project from a strategic perspective. In a post at her website, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen further elaborates on this coveted attribute. Solidify and Unify the Vision In order to be …

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What Separates High-Performing Leaders from Average Ones

Is the business world conspiring against leaders? Studies have shown employee dissatisfaction with not only their jobs, but their leaders. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Todd Warner explores what people can do to combat this and continue on the path to leadership success. How Leadership Fails The days of relying on competencies are gone, and even the leader with seemingly perfect ability on paper may end up failing. Why? Because leadership is not …

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How Authentic Leadership Increases Project Productivity

Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Aligning with this sentiment, authenticity is the most coveted asset for a project leader to possess. Susanne Madsen explores this further and illustrates how to adequately execute plans to become a more authentic leader. Integrity as a Productivity Booster What does an authentic project leader look like? This leader has immense integrity …

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Communication Is Not Enough: How to Manage Project Relationships

We often hear about the importance of communication in project management. Some even claim that the job of a project manager is 90% communication. I guess it is true that we must communicate a lot, especially if we are a part of a project involving numerous stakeholders and a large project team. While this can be accurate, it also misses the point. PMBOK blind spots PMBOK includes a chapter on communication and another one on …

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7 Ways to Make Colleagues Take Responsibility for Their Work

You work with adults, not babies, so there is no need to be spoon feeding your colleagues. You want them to take accountability for their work instead. How do you do that though? In a post at her blog, Elizabeth Harrin provides seven reasons why employees shrug off responsibility, and what can be done about it. Reasons Why People Don’t Do Work They are lazy. They don’t have the skills to do the work. They …

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Top 10 Leadership and Management Tips for All-Around Success

If what you’ve been doing so far as a manager/leader isn’t getting you the right results, then it’s time to try something new. “It can take years to become an overnight success,” jokes Roberta Matusen in an article for TLNT, and that’s only if you are willing to work hard and follow the good advice of others. Here are some tips to become the best you yet. Feedback For instance, have you considered the idea …

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How to Manage a Team of B-Players

What do you do with the B-Team, those lovable losers who never rise above adequate? Strong leaders will use their high emotional intelligence and good judgment to produce team success greater than the sum of its parts. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic explains how to get that top-grade work out of a middle-of-the-road team. Structure It all starts with a goal that people can actively realize – a vision for how …

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