It’s not always about what you do, but how you do it. Project management is no different. To be good at what you do, you need to adopt a successful attitude. Ian Webster gives us an excellent starting board with his “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers.”
- Don’t take “no” for an answer. Embrace the challenges even when no one else does.
- Don’t give “no” for an answer. Sometimes getting things done requires a willingness to change.
- Keep calm and carry on. Those that get angry are communicating that they are outside their comfort zone.
- Drive change, and always think several steps ahead.
- Focus on the ends, not the means. It’s about the end goal, not the methods you use to get there.
- Do detail (but make sure it’s the right kind of detail). It’s your job to be the project manager, not the project doer.
- Enjoy what you do. You can’t succeed at something if your heart’s not in it.
If you’re not where you want to be in your career as project manager, it might be time to stop focusing on procedures and start focusing on what you can do to change yourself. The first change to always look for in your own life is you.