As we get into the groove of 2015, here are the top five items every project manager should include in his or her checklist.
In project management, it is very important that the manager earn esteem and approval from colleagues. In this kind of industry, respect can be acquired through a good reputation and good deeds. Respect for a leader is one of the main elements that keeps the team moving forward to go the extra mile. If they have respect for you as their leader, then they will be sure to exert the effort to make a project successful.
Support from senior management is essential to be able to successfully carry out an initiative. Let your associates know that top leadership sponsors your project, so that they take the project seriously and will help you succeed.
A successful project is not just driven by leadership support and respect; it is really the team that plays the vital role in the process. Searching for the right people to join your team does not necessarily mean you are looking for the best. The right people are those who can meet deadlines and give quality deliverables within budget and in a timely manner. Look for someone with the skill set that fits well for your project.
Equipped with respect, leadership assistance and people that fit, you are well on your way to success. However, be sure to give attention to good communication since this one binds all the three aforementioned things together. Without good communication, a project will fall apart. People will drift away to new projects that are fresh and cohesive. It is essential to keep everyone in the group talking with each other and updated. Regular meetings can be scheduled to give team members the chance to discuss risks and issues, stakeholder updates, status reports and work in progress.
You make your own luck. Beam out a sense of optimism and eagerness in and around the team. A person that works with positive energy and a sense of purpose generates opportunities and possibilities; the same goes when working or leading a team. Set aside all the reasons why the project won’t work and focus on that one good reason why it will. Bring your projects success by considering the five essential ingredients mentioned above. Think about these things before you kick-start your first project in 2015. Believe me, it’s going to be worth it.
It can be tough to understand and get along with a manager, but following these pointers should help you improve your relationship.
As a professional, you should possess a high degree of belief in your ability to deliver – especially when caught in a high-pressure situation. The business world is not suitable for people who are feeble or faint of heart. Your competition will likely devour you in one piece if you face your business proposals, projects, and strategies with less than 100% confidence.
When you hear constructive advice from a colleague, sometimes you may be thrown off guard and start defending yourself by shooting back meaningless and hurtful remarks. You may eliminate them from your friend list just to slash them away from your professional life. It’s nonsense and childish, but for sure, it happens.
It may be hard to cope with criticism at work. It definitely affects your productivity, but it is very important to know how to deal with criticism in a positive way.
Below are some tips on how to handle professional criticism:
You should learn not to respond immediately to criticism. These observations are unbiased and can be a way for you to improve your ways of doing things. After all, coworkers will not exert so much effort just to get their message across to you if it’s not valid and if you will not benefit from it. You should take some time to listen then decide when it is the right time to respond.
Learn how to embrace criticism as your fuel for change. If someone highlights a problem in your work, view it as an opportunity to innovate and improve. Do not assume that you are right and everyone else is wrong. It never hurts to accept constructive, helpful advice; you just have to take it as it is.
It is always important to keep your cool when others criticize you. Keep in mind that they are not there to attack you personally – they are there to help you make your ideas better. Keep your mind focused on the project and not on your emotions.
It might help to remember that some of the people who comment on your work have probably been where you are at the moment. Superiors would not be where they are right now if they always reacted negatively to criticisms. Look at the brighter side: take constructive suggestions with grace by learning from others’ examples.
You can be the most influential person in a project if you are an effective and confident employee. You are more likely to become a better person and leader than you were if you just know how to take feedback and corrective suggestions.
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So you work hard every day, but do you work smart? Do you know if you are meeting the goals set by both you and your company? Do you know if your hard work is appreciated? It shouldn’t be hard to find out. Getting feedback on your work isn’t just for the low guy on the totem pole; everyone needs some positive and negative feedback to help them improve at what they do.
You don’t need to be afraid of receiving feedback; it’s how you continue to develop your skill set. Asking for it shows others that you want to improve, and when you show you want to improve, others’ respect for you grows. You can benefit from both positive and negative feedback. Not only will you have the chance to make changes in your work, but you’ll be viewed as a conscientious worker, an asset to any company.Read the rest of this entry »
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I recently came across a new principle on another blog. This principle is a way to deal with your day when it has become too much, gotten off track, or lost its sense of purpose. Ellen of Handmade Recess has embraced a philosophy (learned from her friend Jessie) that says when your day gets beyond you and you feel like you’re losing your grip, start your Second Day.
Your Second Day is more than a do-over. It’s a chance to let go and reboot. You back up, do some of the tasks that you need to do to get on top of things, and then do something to make you enjoy your day again. It allows you to finish the hard day right now and start the next “day” without waiting until morning.
Ellen says, “At the very moment when you are just about to give out but your day calls for you to give more, make a shift. Start your Second Day.” Take a deep breath. End the hard day and start a new, fresh day.Read the rest of this entry »