In my last post “How to deal with passive aggressive team members” I talked about one approach to dealing with passive aggressive team members.
In this post I want to talk about some of the signs that you are being passive aggressive.
Pick up the phone to talk to your team members rather than send an email. How many times have you sent an email to another team member and not received a reply? Many I am guessing. And as a Project Manager it is frustrating. Why? Because we have a schedule to adhere to. We need … Read more Why it is of value to pick up the phone
Do you regularly say Yes, when you mean No? There is an interesting book titled ‘The Abilene Paradox’ written by Dr Jerry Harvey in which he describes one of these typical such situations. Abilene is a town in Texas, in the USA, and it is the place where a number of he and his family … Read more Do you say Yes, when you mean No
In this week’s Project Management Insights episode I provide you with useful tips for collaborating with your project team. Do you understand the way that people take in information and how this might impact the way that they collaborate? I explain different learning styles and how you can understand the best way to interact with each individual team … Read more Tips for collaborating with your project team
Have you ever considered how good you are at working with people? Is this something you have considered at all in your role as Project Manager, that it is an important skill that you need to have? One of the core skills of being a Project Manager is working with people. That may involve working … Read more How good are you at working with people?
What 4 keywords for effective teamwork would you consider the most important? Have you stopped to think about the important aspects that do make up effective teamwork? Here is what one National Hockey League coach in the USA has as his top for keywords.
If these 5 questions for your team are asked regularly you have a good chance of building a stronger relationship with each of your team members.
Here’s a different form of negotiating.. Don’t accept ‘No’ as an answer, when you need something for your project. Why do I say that?
As a Project Manager I am being paid to ensure that I deliver this project for my Business Owner, to the best of my ability, on time, on budget and within scope. And yes, those are the standard project success factors. We can talk about other just as important things to measure success by, but I will leave that for another post.
Project managers are taught that if they spend hours developing a good clear and structured project plan, then their project has a better chance of success. Whilst the plan might ‘contribute’ to the success of a project by ensuring that tasks are defined, or at least listed, and there is some method for how the project is going to be run, the plan is only as good as your communication of it.
This week I have seen the real value of communicating. By explaining to the team “Why communicate change?” they have come on board fully for the project.
What is change management?
Change management is one of those terms that most people know very little about. Some people would tell you there is some framework, others would be able to tell you about the steps involved from the famous text by Kotter on managing change, but my instinct from working with project managers and the business alike is that they don’t really understand it.