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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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Are You Handling a Team Member Leaving Your Project Properly?

How to Handle a Team Member Leaving Your Project

You may have to deal with a team member leaving your project at any time. It’s never easy and it’s never pleasant. Although, it can sometimes be a bit of a relief!

There is a lot that can go wrong whenever a team member leaves you. It can easily become a crisis point for our project. But even if it doesn’t, it is often a point of risk. The consequences of a poor handover can be delays, mistakes, and a lot of extra work.

So, how can you handle a team member leaving your project in an elegant and efficient way?

That’s what we are looking at in this feature article.

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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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Great Team Communication: The 10 Commandments

Great Team Communication

Have you got a great project team? If you have, then one thing acts like top-grade oil in a highly-tuned engine: great team communication.

With great team communication, everything seems so much easier.

Conversations are friction free, problems get described, addressed and solved. And work gets shared and handed-off efficiently.

Contrast that poor team communication.

It’s like the oil in your engine is burnt and gritty. Everything seems harder and nothing flows smoothly.

So, in this article we look at how to create great team communication, and share ’10 Commandments’.

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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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Get Better Project Results with Personal Leadership

Get Better Project Results with Personal Leadership

In our previous article, we imitedooked at everything you need to know about project team motivation. But what about motivating individuals within the team? That comes down to personal leadership.

Personal Leadership is all the day-by-day acts of leadership that inspire your team members to follow you. It leaves people motivated, enthusiastic, and keen to follow you. Personal leadership raises morale and builds loyalty. In a project environment, you often have little formal authority. So, it is personal leadership that creates the basis for authority through influence, trust, and commitment.

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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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What is the Tuckman Model of Group Development? | Video

What is the Tuckman Model?

The Tuckman Model of group development should be essential learning for every project manager.

As a project you are constantly taking new groups of people and aiming to forge a successful team. Bruce Tuckman investigated this and gave us arguably the best model of group and team development. It’s famous for its Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing stages.

So what is the Tuckman Model of Group Development?

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

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