Most of us have had both positive and negative experiences that have taught us valuable lessons. Those that set a good example for the people around them are the leaders we are taught to emulate; they are written about and admired by many, deservedly so. However, it is often the poorest examples, or most negative experiences, that teach us the most profound and longest-lasting lessons. Turning these lessons into positive statements that you put into practice will greatly improve your team’s chances for unity and success.
Based on this insight, gained as a member of numerous project teams, I have compiled several lessons that have been reinforced by involvement in – ahem – “imperfect” project executions. Though the “rules” described below were derived from process improvement, product launch, crisis response, and similar projects, many are universal. The phrasing or terminology may differ, but the spirit of each is appropriate for any team environment.
If regularly scheduled meetings are held, following a few guidelines will help maintain their efficiency – effective information transfer with minimum impact on team productivity.
If you have examples that have served you well, please share them. It may help others realize that they have a choice between enduring trauma and growth opportunity, encouraging them to persevere. If you’d prefer to encounter the “Lousy Project Manager” vicariously, feel free to contact me.
Jody W. Phelps, MSc, PMP®, MBA
JayWink Solutions, LLC
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