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Saturday, August 28, 2010
Great Project Team Leaders
If you watch professional sports you often see the positive results of a great coach and a great team (Go Tampa Bay Rays!).
Great team results come from good coaching, and the right team talent all coming together at the same time to obtain a mutual goal...Winning!
A project manager is often thrust into the role of team coach. A coach is a critical component of the team, and their job involves ensuring the team is ready and able to deliver the "desired results". No matter what your style of communication, or your level of team building skills, it is important to lead the team in a way that ensures they use their talents to their fullest potential.
My Three Random Team Rules
1.) You must know each team member's skills, talents, and abilities and manage them accordingly.
2.) As team leader you must be respected, you must be a tireless champion for the cause (desired results, winning, meeting milestones, etc), and you must form a bond built on trust with each member of the team.
3.) The weakest relationships you have on the team can often be your project's biggest risk.