Project Delivery can be fun

Have you ever worked on a project that you have really enjoyed? If the answer is yes, excellent. What was it about the project that you enjoyed, was it the team, scope, support?

Some people enjoy working on projects that resonate with them, aligns with their values. These are the best projects as you are working to deliver something that’s has meaning for you and therefore you are more likely to go the extra mile to get the project delivered and be able to articulate what is required and by when. You will also talk more knowledgably and passionately about the project thus engaging key players and getting support, buy-in, when necessary.

Project Delivery and Communicating

Project Delivery and Communicating. Communicating is spelt with a C as it is so important to keep the compunctions on a project regular and accurate.

Too many projects fail due to the right information not being Communicated at the right time in the right format, resulting in important information, escalations, decisions being made.

Some project managers don’t like to highlight an issue, slippage, problem as it may be seen as a sign of weakness. This can lead to even harder questions to answer and conversations to answer.

Struggling with Project Delivery

So, you have tried everything and still the project will not be delivered. The project sponsor is jumping up and down demanding it is sorted, the customer is threatening to remove payment and find another person / organisation to deliver the project. Being the project manager, everyone is looking at You.

Hang on, is it really all about you? No. You may be the face of the project, a presentative of the project, but a well-run project will have a strong, focused team delivering the project.

Coaching people who have been made redundant

Working with a Coach during a redundancy process provides the confidence and support many people require.

For managers, making people redundant can be a challenge. They might not want let their hard-working loyal team go, lack the confidence to tell them, not be in a position to answer the challenging demanding questions, wonder how the workload is going to be achieved. They may be on the redundancy list themselves.

Building up those left behind

You are in a team with strong values, working hard to deliver what the customer wants, to a high quality, on time and with in budget. You support each other when there is an urgent piece of work or when the work load is high.

The out of the blue, redundancies are being announced. What! Panic sets in, you are all expected to continue work and deliver as normal.

Helping people through redundancy

Are you in the process of being made redundant? Or maybe you have already been made redundant? Today this is commonly called being outplaced. No matter what people call it, some people find it incredibly difficult to accept. They feel let down, offended, rejected useless.

Other people see it as a great opportunity to change the direction of their career, take early retirement, do a role that is less demanding and stressful.

How a coach helps a team leader

I have worked with some amazing and some really challenging teams.

What made them amazing? They worked together, listened to each other, helped each other out at difficult times, shared their experiences. A challenging team was when a team member would not work with the others, saw themselves as above their team members, the team did not have all the relevant skills required to complete the workload, or there was no agreed set of team behaviours or a team charter to follow.

Tips for Leading a Team

You are a team leader, looking to have the best team that works together, delivers quality results, believes in themselves as a team, understands / respects / supports each other, are able to get on with their daily activities, is respected by senior management and other teams.
Where do you start to create such a team?

Developing your teams skills set

How well do you understand your teams’ skills and career growth path?
Understanding each other’s skills, experience, achievements contribute to a team being high -performance team. Without this knowledge it is difficult know:

  • If the team is able to perform to the require level
  • Who is best for each task
  • Who to call upon to resolve challenging task
  • What skills are lacking within the team
  • Have a competency growth path for the team members.

Creating a High-Performing Team with agreed behaviours

Are you looking to have a high-performing team with well-defined behaviours?

No matter what size your team is, the more they understand each other’s skills, experience, and values, and ways they like to work, the better they function and deliver the required results.

When I was a team member, I liked to feel valued, have my opinion asked & respected, given an opportunity to learn from others and share my knowledge and experience.