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How to Become a Great Project Manager – 3 things you need | Video

How to Become a Great Project Manager - 3 things you need | Video

You want to become a great Project Manager? Excellent! Let me tell you the three things you need…

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Competency and Technical Project Management skills are not enough to be a Great Project Manager

You must focus on two things to get there:

  1. Keeping learning
  2. People skills

I made a long list if everything a good PM needs to develop. But when I went looking for greatness, three things kept coming to the top of my list:

1. Self-control

  • Stay calm in face of adversity
  • Keep your temper
  • Maintain your optimism, enthusiasm, and confidence
  • Determination to succeed (grit) and motivation to keep going
  • Resilience to get up again when you fall

2. Generosity of Spirit

  • Helping, teaching, coaching the people around you
  • Listening to team members and stakeholders
  • Caring for your team and putting them first (Check out Simon Sinek’s book: Leaders Eat Last – affiliated)
  • Servant Leadership

3. Curiosity

  • Insatiable desire to learn and to know more
  • Always-on sense of wonder about what’s new
  • Never settle for OK
  • Observant
  • Critical thinking – challenging orthodoxy, willingness to see the other side of any argument or decision
  • Preparedness to speak out against the majority view

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What Kit does a Project Manager Need?

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. 

Check out the Kit a Project Manager needs

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About the Author Mike Clayton

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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