I was scrolling though my Twitter feed the other day when I ran across this post form PMI Mile Hi Chapter (@PMIMileHi)
Sometimes we neglect our most priceless asset — the project team. We focus too much on a project’s deliverables, timeline… #PM #PMP
This struck a chord with me. I was immediately compelled to quote it with this addition:
#PutPeopleFirst and watch the project succeed! #Leadership #PMOT #PMP
We see and hear things like this all the time, but why does this really matter? What is it about relationships that can make or break a project team? After all, these are professionals that have been hired to do a job, right? Well, the answer to that is, yes, but only for a time. If you don’t take the time to build the relationships with your team, they will find someone else, somewhere else, who will.
You see, we all have the desire to be appreciated, understood, and maybe even liked. What we don’t want is to be bossed around, micromanaged, and looked down on. As a project leader, or any leader for that matter, you have an opportunity to create a good working relationship with your team. If you do that, you will NOT be disappointed.
What do you do? How do you get there?
- Make your open door policy is truly open door
- Talk to your team – often – and in their environment
- Plan team building outings – even low budget outings make a big difference
- Introduce a little fun in the office every now and then
- Show your appreciation when the team performs well – again, even low budget appreciation awards work
What you can expect
- Even a team with low morale initially will start to transform
- Attitudes will improve
- Project performance will increase
- Your team will become coachable
- Your team will work harder than they ever have and will accomplish more than they thought was possible
What are some ways that you can show your team your appreciation? How do you relate to them? Please share some of your thoughts and success stories below.