This won’t be a shock to most of you: human resource management is the most difficult part of project management. Do you ever wonder why won’t the project team just do what’s been asked of them? Do you ever wonder why management won’t give you more power to help the project team get the project done? Or why you can’t have all the resources you need to get this project done?
I bet you have. I bet you’ve asked countless other questions related to human resources. It’s a tough business and whether we like it or not our project team, our workers, and our colleagues look to us for two things: leadership and management.
Management is concerned with getting the job done. Leadership is concerned with motivating, aligning, and directing people. All the above info is accurate, interesting, and great for any MBA class, but to apply it, well, that takes experience and talent. No jokes here.
I believe, and I bet you’d agree, that you cannot be an effective project manager without leadership and management skills. It’s your job to lead, direct, and motivate your project team to deliver on the promises the project scope has made. Is it easy? Surely not. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
Joseph Phillips is the author of five books on project management and is a, PMI Project Management Professional, a CompTIA certified Project Professional, and a Certified Technical Trainer. For more information about Project Management Training, please visit Project Seminars.
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