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Onboarding a New Team – with Elizabeth Harrin | Interview

Onboarding a New Team with Elizabeth Harrin

How do you bring a new project team on-board? We kick-off good communications practices right at the start of a project. We set the tone with the way we bring our team together and start working with them. That’s why I wanted to speak with Elizabeth Harrin about onboarding a new team.

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Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth Harrin is an experienced Project Manager who runs the Girl’s Guide to PM website and the fabulous Project Management Café Facebook Group.

Elizabeth’s latest book is Engaging Stakeholders on Projects. It was published by the Association for Project Management in Autumn 2020.

This fits well with her passion for and expertise in all aspects of Project Management communications.

Our Conversation about Onboarding a New Team

  • 00:00 – About Elizabeth Harrin
  • 00:48 – Good communication starts at onboarding
  • 01:32 – Teams as Stakeholders
  • 03:01 – Project Team Development
  • 04:15 – How we bring people onto a team
  • 08:31 – How to get people to feel part of the team
  • 10:13 – Servant Leadership
  • 11:06 – Project Managers as glue
  • 11:48 – Kick-off meetings
  • 13:14 – Ground Rules
  • 13:47 – The perfect team kick-off meeting
  • 16:20 – Onboarding people onto a mature project
  • 17:55 – Top Tips
  • 19:17 – Getting in touch with Elizabeth Harrin
  • 19:41 – Thank you
  • 19:53 – Close

Getting in Touch with Elizabeth Harrin

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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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