No matter how experienced you are. No matter how many projects you have managed or teams that you have led, you can always brush up on your leadership skills. While it continues to be important for you to model responsible behavior to your teams, other ways to lead may vary in their necessity. For example, in 2020 the need to lead virtual teams, and inspire work from home employees has moved to the top of desirable skills. The good news is that you can always learn and change and grow.
A successful project manager is expected to be able to deal with all these aspects of human behaviour, to take them into account in his project management and steer accordingly. Hence, a project manager must not only be well versed in project management methods, economic issues, economic goals and project organisation, but also in psychological aspects of human cooperation within the project environment.
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.
If you wish to hear back from the recruiter, your resume needs to stand out. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure that the recruiters are aware of YOUR skills.
You need to show quantifiable accomplishments and how your leadership added value to the organization.
“Sandy, today is the 28th, month end is on the 30th, the document is due on the 4th.” Sandy’s eyes opened wide, and she threw open her planner and gulped. “Oh, I was thinking we had until next month.” It was moments like these that made Mary Carol wish that all managers understood basic project management.
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.
: One of the opportunities presented to you by the Coronavirus pandemic is that time typically scheduled for events, meetings, and other tasks is now open for a larger focus on team communication. This doesn’t just mean sending out a bunch of emails and hoping the content will stick. You need to use strategies that keep your team strong and cohesive.
Hire good project managers. And teach them how you manage projects in your organization. You need good people, and good processes for project management success.
Do you know what causes you to procrastinate? Learn about your triggers and time wasters and energy vampires so that you can create a strategy that keeps you on track.
Looking for your opportunity might not be easy, but it is worth it. It will take time. Get started by doing some research. Look at your favorite job sites and look at the project manager jobs that interest you Don’t neglect opportunities that don’t offer a great salary but do offer experience. It’s not always about money, but about connections, future opportunities and invaluable experience.