A good project manager plans ahead, delegates properly, emphasizes risks, keeps the stakeholders well-informed and satisfied.
A great project manager orders pizza and pulls an all-nighter with the team in time of crisis.
Maybe not an all-nighter, because they don’t want to mess with work-life balance, but a great project manager is someone you can rely on when things get hard. Not to boss around, but to take fair share of the heavy work.
As a project manager being available for your team is not as convenient as it sounds. Probably you are juggling with several teams at the same time, all of them desiring your undivided attention. You will receive the news about the new feature deployment failure on Project A and the budget cut on Project B on the same day and you will have to confidently explain to your business owner why the failure was unpredictable, also rewriting your scope to use less resources but still achieve the same level of business outcome.
Ease the pressure with better collaboration
Research shows that interpersonal connections have added value to work effectiveness.
People who feel connected, find something in common are more agreeable and initiate conversation with each other more frequently. This is exactly what you need – connection boost for better project results.
You can be a more effective project manager with a team of people who share information and take each other’s goals into consideration.
This is how you do it:
Be a connector instead of a resolver
Do not use your valuable time to roleplay the mailman. Encouraging in-depth discussions will free up your time to do your own work. Establish a platform and set some ground rules where all the invited parties can speak their mind respectfully and listen to each other.
Acing an important presentation at the board is a big achievement for a team member. Make sure you share the win with the whole team and explain why this result is important to the project and also to them personally. A legal personnel and an IT developer not necessarily will understand the importance of the actions one or the other does, but a lot can be done by opening windows on each other’s achievements.
Objectives and Key Results (OKR)
OKRs are not only for setting company goals. They can be well used in any project from small to large. Your goal is to make sure there are overlapping key results between people, so even if they are doing totally different activities, they still need to communicate to get those results aligned.
It is easy to get swamped up in work and give social connections a low priority. People who have some common interests are genuinely more invested into connecting with the other person – this means more collaboration within your project. No need to get to intimate – take some time to find and share nice, small things about your people.
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