As the pandemic has created a “new normal,” employees around the world are grappling with change. Either they must continue working from home indefinitely or they’re facing largely reconfigured and discombobulated physical offices that have been rejiggered to follow new COVID-19 protocols. They are looking to YOU to lead them through the pandemic and beyond.
Being a project manager is about leading teams through change. Today, the change is wrapped in a crisis. The pandemic has compelled project teams to embrace digital transformation. More than anything, your organization needs adept and effective leadership. Leaders need to guide teams masterfully and reach goals successfully, even as uncertainty looms.
In this endeavor, keep in mind C-H-A-N-G-E. Be an expert in adapting to and thriving in change by embracing some specific characteristics.
Writing is a powerful tool. It can help you get to know yourself, improve your organizational skills, and enhance your communication skills. Take the time to learn how to leverage this tool. It will help you become an even stronger and sought-after leader.
One of the most efficient ways to fix any problem you have with your colleagues is doing it head-on. If you have an issue – talk it out.
Best case scenario – you are going to come to an understanding, and things will improve. Worst case – you move to other options now knowing that the person can’t be reasoned with.
Yet, before going off yelling at someone, make sure you follow some basic rules.
Employee monitoring software, especially the ones with time tracking functionalities, gives you plenty of data and insights into who does what, how long each project takes to be completed, which tools are used, and much more. This will make it easier to assign tasks, organize projects, set realistic deadlines, etc. But you must proceed with caution, you do not want to antagonize your team members.
Welcome to the remote workforce. This is truly the new way to work with over 50% of the workforce expected to work remotely in the near future. Whether you’re a solo freelancer, a member of a corporate remote team, or a manager who wants their telecommuting employees to achieve their full potential, here are the crucial do’s and don’ts of the modern remote work or telecommuting landscape.
Do you run too many projects, fail to manage scope and leave risk management to chance?
If so, then you are setting your project up for failure. And project manager, it s YOUR job to ensure project success.
Now is the perfect time to capture lessons learned. Take the important lessons with you as you move forward and let go of the lessons that do not really serve you.
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?
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.