As the PM, Always give away the wins, most important tip I can give to anyone

on Tuesday, 01 January 2013. Posted in Project Management, Blog


One thing that I learned throughout my career is the importance of teamwork. Human nature is complex and one of the areas I believe I have done extremely well from employer feedback is my self knowledge:

how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems and how to adapt your own style to get along better with others

Having been to many corporations because of my profession, one key mistake that is made often, most people hire in a tribal way. They recruit people like themselves; people they feel comfortable with and who they know or have worked with before. But to hire well for your project to be successful.  You should seek out diversity, diversity of thought, people who bring different ideas, experiences, and perspectives to your organization, expecially on difficult enterprise wide change projects like CRM, ERP and SAAS projects

Now, here’s my methodology so you can do this, too:

  • Let go of judgment. The first step in recognizing talent is recognizing talent! You can only do this if you are able to put aside your own issues and prejudices and see others for who they are. You’ve got to be able to compensate for your own “perceptions” when assessing others.
  • Let go of jealousy. If you’re jealous of what they’ve got, you’ll feel it, they’ll feel it, and it will end bad.
  • Let go of labels. Strong people don’t need anyone to define a relationship with labels because they’re able to figure it out on their own. Trying to label a relationship can scare a strong person off. (If you’re not comfortable with ambiguity? Keep that to yourself.)
  • Let go of doubt. Great people want people around them who are even better then themselves. If you don’t believe you belong, you don’t belong.
  • Let go of control. Great people will do things you don’t understand and can’t explain. Insisting on living in a world you fully understand will keep you from experiencing people who can open you up to new and bigger ideas. Great people approach their worlds with innocence, wonder, and curiosity.
  • Let go of you. Help the people around you shine brighter. The strong one’s will keep you around and start feeding your gift back to you. (The weak ones will show their true colors by trying to take advantage—easy to deal with once you’re prepared for it.)
  • Let go of safe. Surrounding yourself with extraordinary people guarantees one thing: change. Scary, risky, life-altering change. No-more-comfort-zone change. Great people require us to abandon the safe harbor of our routines.

Did you get it yet? Greatness happens when you let go. It’s the ultimate “chicken soup;” you bring only your true self and all the other ingredients you think you need actually are provided by others when the time comes. It takes an incredible amount of self-confidence and faith to play this game—but I never did say it was easy.

That’s my recipe. I hope you can make it work for you!



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