Whenever a “project comes together” smoothly, on time and with deep satisfaction, all involved are inspired and motivated to succeed again. Conversely, if a project limps along, seems lost, with tension and friction driving the agenda, participants are looking for the door and any excuse to leave.
We all want to be successful. When you are planning your video and audio projects, what can we learn from experienced project managers? If you gathered these folks in a room and asked for their best advice, this is what you might hear.
- Don’t be afraid of “I don’t know”. If you don’t know the answer, don’t bluff.
- If you goofed up, take the blame, If you are wrong, apologize.
- Never gossip. When someone gossips, two people are hurt – the person being talked about and the person doing the gossiping.
- Share credit whenever possible. You will look stronger, more confident, and you are building strong alliances that will help later.
- Ask for help. You will save yourself from embarrassment and you will make a good friend and ally.
- Let it go. If you feel offended, be gracious and diplomatic and move on. Holding a grudge only weighs you down.
Remember, the effective leader:
- Makes others feel important
- Provides the team a clear direction and why it is important
- Follows the Golden Rule
- Admits mistakes
- Criticizes others only in private
- Stays involved and close to the action
- Examines failings and learns from them
- Celebrates group success with the group
Inspired by “The Manager’s Intelligence Report” – Ragan’s Communications