There is a wealth of great leadership tools and ideas that you can apply to your professional practice. Let’s look at seven of them.
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We all have a conscience: let’s call it Jiminy Cricket. One of the biggest problems leaders have, at all levels, is people letting you down by not delivering on their commitments. So, let’s see how “the Jiminy Cricket effect“ can help you.
Project managers think of milestones as a valuable planning and monitoring tool. Project leaders use them also as a powerful tool to motivate too. Impending milestones give a great sense of urgency and pressure. Missed milestones – if you are unfortunate – create an opportunity to rally to the new deadline, and milestones met offer the chance to recognize and celebrate achievement.
Setbacks are a part of life, and a challenge for leaders. It is easy to lead when everything goes well, so we measure leaders by how they handle adversity. The first skill to learn is how to communicate the setback.
… it is the only policy.
So, start by setting out clearly and objectively, how things are. Then paint a picture of how you believe things can be. The challenge is to bridge the gap, so lay out how you plan to do this. Then call people to action with a clear next step, and close by making the link between their actions and the enticing future ahead.
Mike’s first rule of change:
So why is it that so many leaders fear resistance and look upon it as destructive? In truth, it is simply a part of the process – and understanding it will make it easier and more comfortable to deal with.
My “Onion Model” sets out six levels of resistance: you can read more about it on my website, in Brilliant Project Leader, and in the Handling Resistance Pocketbook.
Conflict and psychological game-playing are a constant part of our lives and a wise leader needs to be able to be able to analyze the patterns and break the cycle.
One of my favorite tools for analyzing unhelpful interactions between people: “the Drama Triangle“. Use this to recognize three roles that habitually recur in conflict and manipulation situations: “the persecutor“, who feels good by making you feel bad; “the victim“, who feels good by loading the responsibility for their troubles on you; and “the rescuer“, who feels good by offering you way out of your discomfort.
Part of giving a team a sense of identity is giving it a name. Brilliant Project Leader contains guidance on choosing project names.
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Knee-jerk reactions are rarely resourceful. But you don’t have time for unfocused thinking. So use the SCOPE process to handle a tricky situation:
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I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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