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How Coaching Skills will Make You a Better Project Leader

How Coaching Skills will make you a Better Project Leader

Coaching is more than just a flavor-of-the-month management fad. It’s a helpful approach to getting better performance from colleagues, and supporting their long-term professional development.

Coaching is therefore a valuable skill for project leaders. It will help you with day-to-day project delivery, and with developing team members over your whole project lifecycle.

Of all he skills I acquired, which gave me a boost to my project management practice, I’d rate coaching as the single most valuable. It transformed the way i worked with team members. As a result, it also transformed the culture on my projects. We became more effective and, if I’m honest, what I enjoyed the most was the loyalty it inspired.

If you wan these benefits, and more, then read on. Coaching could well have a huge impact on your project management and leadership too.

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The Four Essentials of Project Team Leadership

The Four Essentials of Project Team Leadership

Team Leadership itself is not hard.  What makes it difficult is fitting it in among a load of other project priorities that are facing you. You’re under pressure to do this and do that. So, you often default to a combination of doing it yourself, telling people what to do, and getting annoyed with a general lack of progress.

And, if this is your first opportunity to lead a project team, you want to do well. So, these pressures can mount up and suck the energy out of you.

In this article, I want to hone down to the four essentials of project team leadership. None of the fancy stuff. Just the four things that make the biggest difference.

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Performance Feedback for Project Team Members: In a Nutshell

Performance Feedback for Project Team Members

As a project manager, you are not just responsible for your project. You are also responsible for the people on your project. And there is nothing that develops people more reliably than good quality performance feedback.

Often, we get our own performance feedback by simply observing what we do and the results it has. But it’s too easy to miss the details. That’s why we need others to give us their feedback. So, you need to develop the skills for giving good performance feedback to your project team members.

In this article, we’ll summarize the skills, techniques, and tips you’ll need.

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How to Delegate | Video

How to Delegate

In last week’s Project Management in Under 5, we answered the question: What is Delegation?

It’s a vital skill for all project managers, so we’ve also created this video, where Mike talks you through the basics of How to Delegate, in under 5 minutes.

So… How to Delegate?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is Delegation? | Video

What is Delegation?

Delegation… If you aren’t doing it, you are wasting a tremendous opportunity as a project manager.

So what is Delegation?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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The Best Personal Effectiveness Books for Project Managers

The Best Personal Effectiveness Books for Project Managers

There is a vast literature of personal effectiveness books. With so many to choose from, where should you start?

Don’t worry. Here at OnlinePMCourses, we have a big library and have read many personal effectiveness books. We’ll talk you through our top recommendations for each of the personal effectiveness skills.

Why are Personal Effectiveness Books so Important?

When you are a Project Manager, people look to you. They look for leadership, inspiration, and guidance. They also expect you to be a highly effective professional; capable in all circumstances. But many of these skills aren’t taught as a part of your project management learning:

  • Time management
  • Speaking well
  • Connecting with people, emotionally
  • Dealing with difficult people (as if…)
  • Negotiating
  • Making decisions
  • Influencing people

These skills come with practice. But where do you learn what techniques to try out and practice? That’s where our list of personal effectiveness books comes in. They offer some of the best advice, most clearly given, of all the books (around 1,000) on our shelves.

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24 TED Talks for Project Managers

You may already be aware what a fantastic resource TED is. But what are the best TED talks for Project Managers?

This article goes out during the holiday period, so I  thought it would be fun to do something a little different. So, I have selflessly spent many hours watching TED talks looking for the best ones for Project Managers. It’s been tough!

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What is Transformational Leadership? | Video

What is Transformational Leadership?

Transformational Leadership can be set against the alternative; transactional leadership. The distinction was drawn by James McGregor Burns and clarified by Bernard Bass. As a Project Manager, you are involved in transformation, so this is a hugely valuable concept for you.

So what is Transformational Leadership?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Project Culture: What it is and How to Craft it

Project Culture

Project culture is a subtle idea. Perhaps its even a little abstract. So you may ask, fairly:

‘What has it got to do with getting the job done?’

Because delivery is the job of a Project Manager: not management theory.

Well, that’s true. But Project Culture has everything to do with delivery and getting the job done.

So we’ve invited Andy Kaufman PMP, project manager, author, trainer, and academic, to share his thoughts with us.

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Everything You Need to Know about Project Team Motivation

Team motivation is a tricky topic for some project managers. Often your project team is drawn together at short notice. People don’t know one another, and don’t have a formal responsibility to do as you ask. So, when your project is under pressure, motivating your team is the only way to enhance their performance.

The challenge of team motivation is the reality that the things that motivate us are as many and varied as we are. Different people find different things motivating, at different times. So there is no easy one-size-fits-all formula, which you can quickly apply.

So, What can we learn about Team Motivation from Social Psychology?

The good news is that you can understand the many things that with motivate your team members, from a very simple framework. This is another of our giant guides. It will give you a comprehensive overview of what motivates team members. And in our next article, we’ll look at how you can motivate individuals, with personal leadership.

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