3. Enable through technology; transform through your people
As companies grow, so do budgets and resources, creating the need for, and ability to increase software and technology investments. It’s easy for the investment in project members themselves to become lost in the process. “Invest in more than the IT software. Invest in the people using it,” says Nick Wilkinson, CEO of Vitalyst. “The use of technology can bring many benefits to an organization if it is managed in a holistic way. By taking a human-centric approach – one where the CIO’s focus is on the employee – businesses will realize a larger return on their technology investments.”
When it comes to project management, the key here is continually investing not only in the right technologies and tools but also in the continued coaching and training of your teams on these technologies to maximize effectiveness … of both the tools and the people.
4. Seek and mentor more project leaders
In “5 trends that will transform project management,” I emphasized the need to focus on softer skills, not just technical training. A large part of project management is people, who are affected to a great extent by interactions with other people. The ability to resolve conflict, deal with ambiguity, and to act with diplomacy and confidentiality should be at the forefront of any great project lead’s management tool kit. Agility, adaptability and the skills to rapidly refocus efforts – as well as sound judgment – are other soft skills not easily found, but equally of value for business and projects alike.
Companies that have people with these soft skills are likely to have an easier time navigating through projects much easier than those that don’t. At stake are significant amounts of decreased productivity, miscommunication and internal conflict. Existing project and business leaders needs to seek out and mentor individuals who possess many of these soft skills. This requires effective project leaders without a protectionist or territorial mindset. It requires project leaders who understand the power that exists in mentoring other potential leaders.
The more people with leadership capabilities and intrapreneurial mindsets on the team, the larger the win for all through an increasing number of successful projects and, by extension, business opportunities.
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