According to Wikipedia, a project manager is a trained professional responsible for the planning, procurement and execution of a project with a defined scope, and a defined start and completion date, regardless of any industry. A skilled project manager is critical to the success of the project.
Worth Remembering – “Being a good project manager is like being an artist – you have different coloured process streams combining into a work of art.” – George Cimmarrusti.
If you think of yourself in that same context, you are a project manager in charge of all aspects of managing your life. Some of the competencies critical to a project manager’s success managing a project are essential to your success in living the life you envisioned.
Five competencies that are critical to your success as a project manager.
Execution: PMs employ strong organizational skills and incorporate time management principles into the workflow. That’s no different than you. Wishing and hoping won’t make it so. You must plan and execute your plan to reach your goals and complete your project on time.
Decision Making: PMs make timely decisions based on facts, circumstances and needs. That’s no different than you. What steps do you need to take to reach your goal? All those pieces need to fall into place. Have you prioritized what needs to get done and by when?
Strategy Development: PMs understand the impact of a project on the overall business and integrate business goals into the scope and deliverables of the project. That’s no different than you. Unexpected situations may arise that need your immediate attention. You may have to put your project on hold temporarily.
Critical Thinking: PMs apply ongoing analysis to determine the project’s progress. That’s no different than you. What gets monitored and measured gets done. Are you on track to reach your goals on the timeline you set, or will you need to adjust your completion date?
Leadership: PMs take on the leadership of the project. That’s no different than you. You need to own it. You must take ownership of your life and be disciplined enough to say no to things that detour you from accomplishing your goals.
Worth Remembering – “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals; adjust the action steps.” – Confusious
I’ve identified five competencies that are critical to successfully reaching your goals. Which ones are you good at – and which ones will you need to learn? Please feel free to contact me – I can help you develop the skills you need to accomplish your goals. After all – if you think about it, you are the project manager of your life.
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