Lead people, not projects


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Projects don’t care. Really.

Everything done in the roll of project leader, is about people. Leading projects provides a daily opportunity to connect people with each other.  Process improvements, tac time improvements, reductions in mean time between failures, installing new tools, designing a new building, building a bridge, bringing a new product or service to market, whatever. It’s all done for people, for community. Not for the project.

The project is just the forum that provides people with access to each other and the conversation about what it is they want to do.  As project leaders, we have a unique position, where we are the lens, focusing conversation and harnessing the power of the team so they can achieve.

In his book, Human Factors in Project Management: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques for Inspiring Teamwork and MotivationZachary Wong makes a point that, “To bring out the best in people, an organization must have a good management system and a work environment that supports its diversity of human factors.”

Mr Wong goes on to define 6 Key contributors to team success:

  • Mutual Trust
  • Transparancy
  •  Respect
  • Interdependency
  • Team Learning
  • Recognition

How do your experiences relate to this post? Are people the most important factor in your projects?

Leave a comment below.

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About Rick Thomas

Rick is a results driven, highly effective Project Manager, with extensive domestic & international Manufacturing Operations & Design Engineering support experience throughout Boeing Commercial Airplane enterprise including short term assignments in Japan, France, Australia, Italy, and most recently, England. . He has a proven ability to lead teams through intense & ambiguous situations. "I engage people." Outcomes consistently support enterprise goals and objectives while building enduring, capable, and diverse teams. A passionate practitioner of project management, Rick is fascinated by team building and the biases and nuances of communication. An internationally experienced Project Manger, with nearly 40 years of focused aircraft manufacturing operations support; Projects have ranged from re-engineering and simplifying complex supply chains and business systems, to complete audits of business quality systems, to build and certification of new engines. Rick holds a PMP, a Certificate in Project Management from University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Project Management Specialty from City University. Home is in Seattle, where he teams with engineers and designers developing and proving methods to bring cutting edge concepts into production.

Posted on 7-Oct-12, in Business, Leadership, Project Management and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Rick, fantastic site set up and content, keep it coming – regards Ron C

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