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Who Has More Fun Managing Projects Than You?

        posted by , November 21, 2012

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
~ Dale Carnegie
Have you ever noticed that the best project managers make project success look easy?

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It's strange but true: many of the habits of effective project manager aren't just productive — they're fun.

1. Making Friends

True friends stab you in the front.
~ Oscar Wilde
Nothing is more likely to improve your chances of effectively managing a project than making friends of your stakeholders.

It's not possible to be friends with everyone. Nevertheless, PMs who effortlessly establish rapport with their coworkers, customers and partners are most likely to succeed.

2. Being Candid

Be candid with everyone.
~ Jack Welch
Being too crafty with information can backfire on a project manager.

When you're candid with stakeholders and your team you make it difficult for anyone to cast blame on you for issues or project failure.

Candor also improves decision making and builds trust.

3. Enthusiasm

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill
Project managers who manage by example — letting their enthusiasm shine through end up inspiring their teams to victory.

4. Diligence

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
~ Confucius
Diligence might not sound all that fun. However, when people let things slide they tend to feel guilty and unhappy.

If there's a single key to the success in the project management profession it's unquestionably diligence. Project managers who have a pulse on every aspect of a project, who fulfill every obligation to a stakeholder are likely to deliver successful projects.

5. Action

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
~ Mark Twain
Project management is no profession for the passive.

Effective project managers are so active that they risk being annoying. They pop by people's desks, they respond to emails, they schedule plenty of meetings and they want to be involved in anything important to the project (e.g. governance).

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