12 Success Tips for Project Managers

What you need to manage that project well and achieve a measurable success:

1) write down a clear blueprint for the project – This is where you put down the aim/purpose of the project; what you hope to achieve.

2) Develop the blueprint, aims, and objectives of the project with the organization hiring you as the project manager. It is important that you the project manager is on the same page with the project’s commissioner. This will prevent a misunderstanding while carrying out the project.

3) Identify team members you need to carry out the project successfully.

4) Sell the aim of the project to your team members clearly. Let them have a buy-in and team members should be clear about their roles and expected delivery time.

5) Get team members involved in the planning stage of the step by step processes of execution of the project. This will help them to feel like they own the project. It will also give a clear picture of what is expected on the field while gathering data or fulfilling their part in the project.

6) Write a budget that will cover all expenses such as staff salaries, transportation, accommodation, the cost of field trips, the fee for contractors.

7) As a project manager assess the progress of the project against your timeline for execution by taking note of what isn’t working; what needs to be improved upon; achievement so far and how much work still needs to be done. Ensure that team members have reports for each stage ready and sent to you for preview.

8) Don’t forget to let the hiring organization know their own role in implementing the project such as access to information; key staff needed to provide necessary input to make implementation possible.

9) Draw and sign an agreement stating clearly what area of the project will be covered by you and your team; what area will be handled by the hiring organization; what you will not do. This will prevent incitement of extra cost that may arise from the employer suddenly wanting to saddle you with responsibilities that are not part of the project initially.

10) Be clear that the hiring organization is willing and ready to pay you for the execution of the project. Agree on fees, how and when it will be paid before commencing with the project. Get paid with a responsible mobilization Fee that will help run the project.

11) Have a measurable assessment plan in place: This will help to assess to what extent the project achieved its aims and objectives. This very important to know whether a project was successful. It will also help to determine whether to consolidate on the present achievements.

12) Be honest and pay your team members what you have agreed upon. Do not short change them. Make them happy as they are the ones who will help make a success of the project. This will, in turn, make you look good in the eyes of the hiring organization. Your recommendation score goes up.

Most importantly take on projects that match your skills and you are equipped to execute successfully. 

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

How to be an Effective Manager and Leader

I am taking an on-line course on Future Learn Website
Here are a few tips about Management and Leadership – Growing as a Manager.ALIVE FEMALE ADDIS
How to effectively manage or Lead your team/employees
You need to be trustworthy: Your staff or team need to be able to trust you.
Communicate effectively with your employees ensuring that they understand tasks that need to be done; and what you want to achieve as an organization.
Learn to delegate effectively: Trust members of your team with a certain task but also ensure that you support them in carrying it out.
Admit bad decisions you make
Be firm when necessary(Autocratic)
Be democratic – Give room for the creativity of your team/staff to blossom. Engage them in the process of running the unit or organization.
Have an effective working relationship with those under your supervision
• Lead by example
• Ability to be able to make decisions…Managers/Leaders make decisions.

 

Taking Training courses is not the only way to learn

Other ways to learn:
Learn from other people’s experience by observing and talking with them.
• Read
• Use Websites
• Undertake development tasks by taking up new responsibility. Don’t shy away from taking up new assignments. You learn new things and grow.
• Seek feedback from other people.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Leadership Quotes: Getting others to follow you.

ALIVE FEMALE ADDISI have been reading the book The 360 degree Leader: Developing your influence from anywhere in the organization by John C. Maxwell. I am still reading but here are a few quotes and thoughts I’d like to share with you. Hope it helps you to become a better person/leader.

Helpful thoughts and quotes from the book:

Getting the job done makes you a success. Getting the job done through others makes you a leader.

When you add value to people they want to follow you.

Provide training to your people so they’ll know how to do their job.

If you don’t like what your people are doing, first take a look at yourself.

Put your staff in the right positions…where their strength lies.

Your followers become like you, so lead well

My thoughts and lessons on my readings of the book, The 360 degree Leadership:

When your followers believe in you
When they can trust you
They will follow you.

Don’t be the kind of leader that says one thing and does another thing. Take time to know your staff individually; connect with them somehow by knowing a little about their lives. It can be just  knowing about their hobby.

Develop your staff patiently and help them acquire skills and qualities that will benefit other areas of their lives.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Thoughts & Life #4 – Thoughts on Leadership

Never stop growing
Be growth oriented and not goal oriented
Never be satisfied with attainment off a position; keep growing, keep learning. (Inspired by the book 360 Degree Leadership)

Vision leaks, it needs to be communicated clearly, creatively and continually. John C. Maxwel

ABIYE CREW TEAM WORK

To get your team’s buy in into a vision you have to sell it to them.

If they don’t get it they will not run with it
If they don’t get it they can frustrate it
If they don’t buy into your vision you are going to have a hard time succeeding.

Don’t be a Mr/Ms know all
Don’t let ego get in the way
You need your team/followers to achieve your goals

Leadership is about leading and not an ego trip
You can succeed too; get your team on board and on the same page with you.

 

Tips for getting your team on your side
Share your vision clearly…paint the picture of what you want to achieve or where you want to go.
• Tell them you need them to achieve this.
• If you have a plan of how to get to where you want to go/achieve your goals share it with your team. However tap into their amazing ideas that will help get you to your goal.
• Assign duties and let them get on with carrying out their tasks without breathing down on their necks.
• Have a re-group meeting where you can remind your team of the goal/vision and get an up-date about how close you all are to the vision.
• Appreciate, appreciate efforts of your team.
• Acknowledge that you and your team made it happen…don’t take all the credit.
• If something doesn’t work share in the blame don’t push the fault on your team members.
• Take charge…be in charge, let your team know that they can come to you to handle problems that show up.
• Celebrate your success with your team…reward them maybe with a small tea party; certificates of thank you for a job well done and perhaps a raise if it calls for that.

Goodluck with wearing your leadership shoes!!!

Adebisi Adetunji(C)

Thoughts on Leadership/Management

A photograph taken with the statue of Mahatma Gandhi , leader of the Indian Independence movement reminds me that leaders are made not born. No leader remains forever for times and seasons pass and life just moves on. Therefore leadership is a privilege and an art that must be learned. We learn from the success and failings of past leaders in every field. Here are a few thoughts on how to succeed at leadership/management:

Statue Mahtma Gandi
Taking a pix with statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Uganda

Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted. Anonymous

Be prepared to look at unusual opportunities. Richard Templar

Breaking out of familiar thought patterns and coming up with new possibilities; it is one of the keys to improving creativity. Lloyd King

Being creative is about finding new and different ways to solve a problem. Richard Templar

Too much management and you stagnate. Too much leadership and you get nowhere. Embrace the challenge of striking a balance. The management and leadership network

The really good managers are also leaders – They inspire and motivate, encourage and enthuse. Richard Templar.

These are thought lines i garnered from a book i am reading currently- “The Rules of Management” by Richard Templar. It is funny, witty and practical. No one is paying me for this just sharing something i believe would be useful for anyone wearing or thinking of putting on leadership shoes.

Inspired by Jackie’s Tuesday Trickles Challenge: Sharing quotes and thoughts to inspire you and others

Adebisi Adetunji (C)