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Leadership Tools Monthly News, March 2009
March 30, 2009

Project Management
Leaders Achieving Results


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  1. Site News
    • Updates - and What's Coming Soon
  2. Lessons-in-Leadership
    • Project Management - Drive Quality Results
  3. New Tools, Resources & Ideas
    • NEW - Project Management Tool!
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Lessons In Leadership

Project Management
Drive Quality Results

"A project is complete when it starts working for you,
rather than you working for it."

- Scott Allen

As a leader it is imperative that you implement a process with your team members, which requires them to report back to you on the status of their assigned projects.

Too often managers assign a project and expect things to get done correctly based on an initial meeting with the assigned project manager. The leader is then surprised or even disappointed to learn later on that the project manager did not really accomplish what was intended.

In all things, continuous communication is key to ensure an ideal outcome. Project management is certainly no exception.

Think about the last couple projects you have delegated to a team member. Did the project end up resulting in the outcome you expected? Perhaps he/she produced more than what you expected, or was it less? Did you consider that project a success?

Project management requires more than just a dedicated project manager - it requires a project management process that keeps all parties in the loop and focused on pre-determined time lines.

Leaders do not allow success to ride along on the winds of chance. They ensure success by adopting proven systems and processes that hold team members, and themselves, accountable.

Establishing and adhering to a timely and comprehensive project review process, no less than weekly, will reveal anything that may be putting the project at risk. Meeting regularly is a great way to support your project manager.

Your time is the most valuable thing you can give an employee. Be sure to invest time regularly to assure each member of your team that you will provide the support and guidance that he or she needs.

There are a great many tools and resources available in the area of project management. Unfortunately, the cost associated with these tools can often be prohibitive.

The good news is that effective project management does not require anyone to spend hundreds of dollars for a slick piece of software.

The essentials of quality project management can be accomplished on one piece of paper.

No matter how many employees you have, you can use our project planning tool to keep everyone focused and each project moving toward completion.

In the next section, we’ll cover the important parts of a project planning worksheet… and YES, we’ve added a free project planning tool to our Leadership-Tools library!

"Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember,
involve me and I'll understand"

- Chinese Proverb

New Tools, Resources, Updates & Ideas

NEW: Project Management Tool!

"Despair is most often the offspring of ill-preparedness"
- Don Williams Jr.

Our project management tool is a document that you can download immediately as a current subscriber. Just enter the secret password in the Free Tools section and you will see this new tool at the top of the list of downloads.

Leaders can walk a fine line when it comes to setting clear expectations with their project manager. The project can quickly go in a direction not intended if you are not having regular discussions about the most recent steps taken, as well as what steps are being planned next.

Our project management tool helps you manage all sides of the project in a timely and efficient way.

Although the tool is fairly self explanatory, I have provided a snap shot below of the form as it is intended to be completed.

Project Management Tool

Click to see a FULL SIZED VIEW of this sample project planning tool.

As you can see, the tool is simple yet highly effective if you (as the leader) make it a regular source for updates from your project managers.

You may wish to change some parts of the form, or add an additional section for information you want to review regularly with your project managers. That’s great... go for it! That is the purpose of this project management tool - make the tool work for you.

Use our project management tool in whatever way helps you to support your team members and ensure success for the team and the organization.

"If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for."
- Florence Scovel Shinn

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