A Survival Guide for Project Managers (1998) by James Taylor

By James Taylor

Undertaking managers want distinctive units of talents - technical abilities to accommodate tracking, monitoring, and controlling a undertaking, and human talents to deal with the issues that continually come up while humans needs to interact. A Survival consultant for undertaking Managers blends those very varied ability units right into a accomplished, all-in-one source ideal for somebody who must research the basics of venture administration.

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Summary Project management has become a recognized career path in today's business environment. With more and more companies turning to project management as a better way of managing Page 17 their business, they are also finding that their project managers need more training. Not many years ago, a project manager was chosen because of his, and occasionally her, technical expertise and general enthusiasm or aggressiveness. Those days are gone forever. Today's project manager has to be a generalist with strong interpersonal skills.

Focus on the important points of the message. appropriate level of concern and support. If the meeting is a team meeting to discuss the status of a project task, then a high level of critical and interactive listening is required. If the meeting is for entertaining or recognizing a team member's work, then listening noncritically is called for. Facilitative listeners adapt to the appropriate level of listening to fit the purpose of the meeting. Page 40 Allocate adequate time for the meeting. There are few things more annoying than having members of a team move in and out of a meeting or for a person to interrupt a meeting to take telephone calls.

Am I careful about the choice of my words? Do I use slang excessively or profanity? Do I ever use racial or sexually biased language? · Do I use correct grammar? Many people will be surprised at the number of bad habits they have because we don't often take stock of our shortcomings. After self-assessment, it is beneficial to ask someone closea spouse, parent, or siblingto provide a similar assessment. With several data points you can develop and then implement a plan for improving your communication skills.

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