Communication is critical in all aspects of project management and you must master this essential component to see success in your future. The reality is that if as a leader you can’t effectively communicate project goals and objectives and clearly provide direction to your team, how will they ever perform to your expectations? Not only do they need to know what their individual role is, they need to know how it fits into the bigger picture of the project. Everyone needs to be focused on the same objective and that objective needs to be clearly mapped out. Communication must be concise, consistent and it must flow both ways.
It’s not always easy to keep a team motivated. Projects can often change direction and weeks of work can be undone because the scope has suddenly changed. As frustrating as it can be to have to rework, revise and repeat, I can promise you this: keeping the lines of communication open throughout the process will not only keep the project on track, it will keep everyone’s priorities aligned and on the same page. It’s no trick, the success of the team’s performance determines the outcome of the project. So give yourself a treat and communicate, communicate, communicate!
Teamwork is a “scary” good thing and as a PMs, we can enjoy the challenge of keeping everyone on track and motivating them for success. I’d love to hear about how you keep your team motivated and the various ways you communicate with them. Drop me a line and let me know your secrets to success!