What makes a great project manager


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Project management as a profession has been around for many years now. Organizations take so much effort and spend a lot in project manager certifications and training. Still there are few things that cannot be taught in a training room.

Either you have them naturally or learn it in the school of hard knocks.
This is our list of the top 8 attributes / characteristics that could make a great project manager.

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What makes a great project manager

  1. 1. What makes a Great Project Manager?
  2. 2. 2What makes a project manager standout from the rest ?What makes some of them Great ?Lets find out what they have…
  3. 3. 3complete the dots• Able to work with limited information.• Make logical decisions on information available and not wait for all analysis to complete.• Anticipate how things will turn.• Realize risks in advance and mitigate them.
  4. 4. 4set clear direction• Set clear goals for the team.• Tell teams what they want, don’t assume anything.• Teams have a clear picture of what is expected enabling them to focus and deliver exactly that.
  5. 5. 5excellent communicators• Know talking is only a small part of the communication.• Use the right medium for the right message with the right audience• Adapt their style of communication as per the audience.
  6. 6. 6adaptable• Flexible - Not hardliners.• Willing to consider change if its in the best interest of the project.• Use common sense and are more sensitive and aware about the real situation on the ground.• Have the aerial view but also have the foot soldier view at the same time giving them ability to take logical and pragmatic decisions to resolve deadlocks and complex bottlenecks.
  7. 7. 7instill collaboration and team spirit • Able to cut across the barriers between departments and people. • Create a spirit of collaboration and team within the project. • Spirit of collaboration and the team bonding induces a positive atmosphere in the project motivating the teams to strive to succeed despite the challenges.
  8. 8. 8organized• Able to stay focused and not lose sight of the goal in the flurry of information and issues.• Able to prioritize and go for the challenges in a methodical and organized way.
  9. 9. 9influence without authority• Know how to live in the matrix and exploit to their advantage.• Able to influence stakeholders over whom there is no direct authority is a key differentiator.
  10. 10. 10practical and good decision makers • Realists and aware that not all problems will be solved. • With the ability to complete the dots, they are able to decide much faster when its time to look for alternatives.
  11. 11. 11Not a exhaustive list but have theseand increase your chances to deliveryour projects successfully Be the Winner !!!
  12. 12. Thank Youread this presentation as a blog and more on www.managingtheproject.comMore presentations on @managingtheprojectstay connected @managingthproj managingtheproject
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