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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

3 Steps For Project Success..

   It's when all team members are engaged and working proactively to get things done. During my work with several non-profit organizations involved in service projects, I learned a few universal principles that helped me get buy-in from my team.
General Rule
The general rule is that people buy into a cause. They want to know that they are doing something that serves a purpose, is in service of other people or for a greater good. When people buy into a cause, they want to contribute to it. They care about the cause, perhaps because of the benefit to themselves, but in any event, most people get their fulfillment by contributing to it. To bring that towards your projects and project team, there are three steps.
1. Set the Vision. As the project manager, you are the lead. People look to you to set the vision, be in the forefront and paint a picture for them. Paint the picture of how your project is for a cause, or what it's about. Projects are funded for a reason. Resources are being allocated for a cause. It just may be that team members do not know what it is, or have lost the vision for why they are doing what they are doing. Companies are doing more with less-less people and time-sometimes just cutting to the chase and going directly to producing deliverables.
2. Place "Them" In It. Place each person on your project team in the vision; let them see themselves as an important team member, and what their role is contributing.
3. Encourage and Support Them. It is most critical for the project manager to always encourage good behaviors by verbally acknowledging work done well, and also to ask how to be a support to them. Many times team members get stuck; they are asked to do things they are not trained to do, or have not had any experience with; offer to help support them, to get the resources they need to get things done.
Odd Twist
                In almost every case an odd little twist happens when you've set the vision, placed them in it, encouraged and supported them: your project team takes it upon themselves to celebrate the end results. They do not expect someone else or the project manager to do it for them. If you've ever seen celebratory movements for service projects, you will notice that they celebrate along the way and together as a unit.
Jennifer Bridges is a speaker, trainer, Certified Performance Coach, author, and company president of She is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and knows how difficult it can be to make time for classroom or online learning so she has developed a new way for Project Managers to Earn n' Learn while on the go.
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