How one project manager kept his high-performing team intact through skillful decision making.
Your holiday experience can be really upsetting, tiring and stressful OR your holiday season can truly be one of peace and joy. The choice is up to YOU.
Your thoughts and actions during this time will define your holiday experience. You cannot control the thoughts and actions of others, but you can take control of your own thoughts and actions. Think of this time of year as an opportunity, an opportunity to continue to grow and strengthen your ability to treat yourself and others with compassion and respect. Here are five tips to get you through this season in peace and not in pieces.
Right now the truth is the team is behind schedule. They will work this weekend to catch up.
But you are being asked for status NOW. What do you say?
“Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules” – Douglas Adams
Perhaps your subject matter expert has resigned or project costs have increased, whatever happens you need to be able to
deliver good news and bad news. The good news is usually easy. Delivering bad news takes practice.
A project manager who does not lead her team in good planning will earn the reputation of being disorganized, and barely making or often missing deadlines on a regular basis. A project manager who leads her team in good planning will earn the reputation of being a strong professional.
If you want to annoy your new boss and co-workers, walk in and assume that you know what is best. Let them know that their way is the old way. Or perhaps get to know their organizational culture and then make suggestions.
Why is that some teams allow the challenges they face to become obstacles, while others band together and grow stronger? Support from their leaders and from one another is a contributing factor.
Negotiating with a difficult person is not about winning or getting them to do things YOUR way. It is about moving beyond the barriers to a breakthrough. Once you do you will have a stronger professional relationship and an outcome that is beneficial to both sides.
Mary Carol had not only missed an opportunity to strengthen a bond with a team member, she had weakened that bond. She could tell that Sal was disappointed. After all, he had taken the time to know who she was. Did she think that because she was the boss, she did not have to know her team? Did she think that because they worked across the globe that she did not have to get to know them?
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