Depending upon your view of the world, the Project Manager owns the project. This ownership can range from just being Responsible to being 100% Accountable for the results of that Project. Regardless of your view, there are many forces that will converge to bring your project to a grinding halt. It may be different priorities, a lack of interest or funding could be drying up. It may be there are competing demands within the organization. The question is, how do you keep your Project moving forward through these forces?
This is where it takes conviction as a Project Manager. Conviction means that you have a fixed or firm belief. You need to have this conviction, or firm belief, that Project will be successful. There are three ways that you can do this:
Hold The Course
Once the direction has been set for your project, the decisions have been made and that everyone agrees that this is a good thing to do…don’t deviate from that path. Hold the course. We are not saying that you can’t be flexible. There are certainly going to be changes, adjustments, and modifications along the way. But you can’t take a 180 degree approach and go in an entirely opposite direction. Just like a sailboat will tack into the wind by going a little to the left and a little to the right…but it’s always moving forward. That is how you need to hold the course and move your project forward.
Speak With Passion
Throw away the Power Point. Throw it out the window. Quit reading bullet points. Stop the mind-numbing slide after slide foray into mediocrity. Look people in the eyes, use gestures, wave your arms, and raise your voice from time to time. Let people know that you are speaking from the heart as it relates to getting your Project done and that you are passionate about moving it forward.
Holding the course, speaking with passion, and delivering results are what will make a big difference in your Projects. Successful projects will give you great stories to tell. When times get tough you can reflect upon how a particular project was completed despite adversity and inspire people to do likewise on their current project.
By doing these three things: Holding the Course, Speaking with Passion, and Delivering Results you can be convicted as a Project Manager and be sure to deliver on time every time.