Project managers are great at quickly taking on new challenges and implementing them. Still, they need a little new input every now and then. Let these 5 quotes inspire you!
1. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority” – Kenneth Blanchard
A successful project manager does not communicate tasks to individual project members, then sit back and check the execution.
Good leaders are not disconnected from their teams. They may be tasked with creating the plans and responding to problems as they arise, but they don’t motivate out of fear or force. They build mutual trust and address the challenges of project members.
This fosters acceptance of the project and encourages the team to work harder toward the common goal. The project becomes their project, and the success of you as a leader is also the success of the entire team.
2. “Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” – Brian Tracy
There is probably no skill more important than being a good communicator. Especially at a time when remote working means that project teams mostly only see each other on Teams Calls rather than in the office. After all, short conversations in the hallway or drinking coffee together are eliminated in this new age of collaboration.
This makes it all the more important for you as a project manager to communicate proactively with your project members.
Good communication impacts every phase of the project. With a leader who expects and exemplifies this, and a team that is open to conversations and discussions, productive, successful collaboration is preprogrammed.
3. “You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin
Time is the most valuable resource when managing projects. You can pretend you have more of it but the clock is a strict mistress and will convince you otherwise pretty quickly. That’s why it’s even more important that your team is always aware of their hours and the tasks they’re working on.
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4. “Project management can be defined as a way of developing structure in a complex project, where the independent variables of time, cost, resources, and human behavior come together.” – Rory Burke
Anyone who has worked on projects and struggled with tight deadlines has certainly experienced for themselves that time is the most precious resource in the execution of projects.
Beyond that, other factors play an important role in project management.
Cost, human capital and human behavior are also essential in the implementation of projects. According to Rory Burke, a project manager’s job is to bring these resources together in a system and create a structure that takes these factors into account.
5. “Get the right people. Then no matter what all else you might do wrong after that, the people will save you. That’s what management is all about.” – Tom DeMarco
People are the name of the game in project management. Before you assemble a project team, consider what different skills, abilities and personalities are ideally required to get the job done at the highest level.
Then build your team based on that. Also consider soft skills (such as motivation, personality, passion, etc.) when assembling. They can be more valuable in the long run than the “hard skills” (experience, qualifications, etc.).
Which quote did you find best and what insights did you gain from the previous quotes?
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