“Inspiring Your Project Team” was the topic of the 26th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project manager topics, we have a weekly hangout which is hosted via Google+ Hangout. These hangouts are held each Friday at 9:00am pacific time.
In this hangout, Mark Phillipy was joined by Alric Burke. Together they discussed what it takes to inspire your project team. When you can inspire your team, their performance as a team increases. The following are some of the concepts that were discussed:
Importance of being inspired
- In life we all have experienced individuals who have inspired us to become better. They might be family members, friends, or public figures.
- During the hangout, Alric referenced the following quote from Zig Ziglar
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Examples of people who have inspired
As I think about people in history who have inspired me three people of recent times come to mind:
- Nelson Mandela – Inspired a whole nation to change the way they look at people.
- Steve Jobs – Lead a company to be very innovative in their approach which inspired great products that changed the world.
- Martin Luther King – Provided a vision that people rallied behind which changed how we look at people.
Project Manager is conduit between Management & Project Team
It is important for the PM to inspire your team since you are the conduit between management and your team.
How to Inspire
- Quote from Antoine de Saint Exupery
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
- Paint a Vision
- It is important for the PM to help their team understand the vision of the project
- Share your passion
- “Your own passion in managing the project is very contagious” Alric Burke
- Personal Connection with Team Members
- Developing a personal connection with team members helps inspire them and builds trust.
- Provide Opportunities for Team Members
- “If you give the opportunity for someone to shine, then they will amaze you.” Alric Burke
- Develop Culture of Trust
- Create a team culture where team members trust you as the project manager and trust each other.
- Serve your team (servant leadership)
- Remove road blocks
- Don’t ask team to do anything you wouldn’t do
- Be with your team
- Example: Working the weekend or evening during a go live
- Serve Ice Cream each week
Please share in the comments of this post either how you have been inspired by someone in the past or effective ways you have inspired your team.