Eight Key Tips for Success as a Project Manager BM

Many people ask me this: "If you could list a few key tips for H^S good project management, what would they be"? Here's how I answer that question...

1. Care about everything;dwell on nothing.

2. Don't wait to be told to do something.

3. Develop a keen understanding of human nature.

4. Learn the who, when, and how of relying on others.

5. Consider technology, people, and business when making decisions.

6. Learn how to make decisions with ambiguous, imperfect, or incomplete information.

7. Never stop developing your social skills.

8.Appreciate the value of being politically savvy.

chances of receiving negative feedback (likely of greatest value to you) are pretty slim.

Customer—It's always nice to get positive feedback from a customer. However, they often provide it without knowing much about your day-to-day behavior and ordinarily it is based more on what they see you achieve than your ongoing performance. In addition, your relationship with clients tends to be somewhat artificial: let's face it—you always try to put your best foot forward when interacting with customers.

Your Supervisor or Manager—They don't know what you do or how you get it done. Does that sound familiar? That's one of the biggest complaints I hear about direct supervisors. What's the point? The point is simply this: the closer you get to the soft end of the competency continuum (Figure 3-3), the more you'll need to rely on yourself for self-improvement. Reflect on how you just interacted with that team member when you offered constructive feedback. Think about how you may have biases that are affecting the way you perform. Be objective about how you tend to jump to conclusions about people and how that impairs your ability to remain objective. These are examples of introspection and self-awareness.

There's an exception to the recommendation to rely on yourself for self-improvement, however. If you're fortunate enough to work with someone (a) whom you trust implicitly, (b) whose opinion you value, (c) from whom you can expect honest feedback, and (d) who is in a position to observe your on-the-job behavior, I suggest you latch onto that person and try to enlist his or her support in your quest for self-understanding. Unfortunately, the combination of all four of these factors is rare.

Now that you completely understand everything there is to know about projects, project management, and the role of the project manager, I think you're ready to move on to defining the project. So, let's get back to Brad as he prepares to launch Project Apex.

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