1) being above reproach
2) being organized
3) staying current
In this Part 4, we’ll cover the idea of the highly effective project manager reaching out to and relying on others.
I don’t know about you, but I can be stubborn. I like to do things on my own and rely on myself to get things done. As a parent, it took a lot for me to understand the need to teach my kids how to do things for with me and therefore learn to do things on their own….much to my wife’s chagrin. The same was true when I first became a manager with direct reports. It always seemed easier – and faster – to just do it myself and make sure it got done. That sounds good – until you have too many things on your plate and start failing on one task or project, then two, and then it snowballs and your entire web-based project management software schedule is a mess…probably for several of your projects. When you’re busy, it doesn’t make you a hero to do it all yourself if you end up failing. And yes, on the flip side, you can delegate your tasks efficiently to others and still fail if those you delegate to don’t get the work done or done correctly.
But I digress…the overall message I want to convey here is this…the highly effective project manager who has lots on his plate (and he will if he’s highly effective) absolutely must rely on others for information, to help make good decisions, to knockdown project barriers, and to delegate tasks and get the project work done well and in the required timeframe according to the project management software schedule.