1. It’s all about the People
Like everything else in life, business is all about people. Find the best people to work on your team and you’re halfway there.
2. Set Expectations
Once the right people are in place, it’s your job to manage them effectively. Letting everyone know exactly what is expected of them and the deadlines they need to adhere to is essential so that they can stay motivated and on track. Set expectations early. Be clear on each team member’s responsibilities and the deadlines involved.
3. Keep an Eye on the Project Goal
Communicating the end goal very clearly with all your team is essential from the outset. Reiterating this throughout the project also helps to keep their eye on the prize.
4. Effective Communication
Keeping the communication channels open throughout the the project is essential. If people feel that they can express any issues, concerns or observations they have throughout the process, it means that you’ll be much better equipped to deal with issues as they arise. This also involves a lot of listening on your part.
5. Give your Team the Freedom to Create
Don’t micromanage – you want people to have the freedom to think creatively, to feel comfortable and be encouraged to contribute. People who are micromanaged become very quickly demotivated and stripped of creativity. Once you have the right people, and have instructed them appropriately, you should be able to stand back and let them do their jobs.
6. Be a tuned-in Project Manager
Keep a constant eye on timelines and have frequent progress updates. Ensuring that you’re on time and on budget and that the quality is of certain level will ensure that nothing is left to chance.
7. Let Technology Help
Use a good project management system that paves the way for seamless and efficient project management.
8. Up-skill to Be a Great Project Manager
Having a good knowledge of all the processes and skills involved in good project management will put you ahead of the game in an instant.
9. Have a can-do attitude
Approach every problem as a challenge that’s there to be solved. The instant an issue arises, ask yourself and your team the question, ‘What can we do to solve this?’
10. Be a people person
Ensuring that the team is on your side is crucial. Know your team, listen to them and be supportive.
11. Believe in your Ability to be Great
Visualizing the end result helps enormously in achieving the goal. Remind yourself and your team regularly that you can do it. Then do it to the best of your ability.