To Be a Great Project Manager, Follow These 7 Rules

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What does it take to being a fantastic project manager? To be one takes a lot of effort. I am the marketing manager at ProofHub. Management was not easy for me. There are a lot of things I have to take care of — from streamlining schedules and delegating tasks to balance budgets. The journey has been quite overwhelming but I have been doing good because of the rules I follow as a project manager.

You are the manager and you’re responsible for the well-being and success of a team of people and the organisation. Whether you were just promoted to a managerial role or if you are simply looking for ways to improve, this article is for you.

  1. Compulsively Organized
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Staying organized helps you gain control of your time to plan things to achieve goals.

  • Focus on what’s important
  • Make to-do lists of important tasks (I make my to-do list on ProofHub — a collaboration software that keeps me and my team updated with their team’s responsibilities)
  • Use calendars and planners
  • Reduce clutter
  • Manage your phone calls

onus tip: ProofHub will help to communicate action items, keep track of the details and status of each task, and establish relationships between teams.

Try ProofHub to stay organized. See how it works.

2. Think in Detail

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Until you go thoroughly through what you are doing or what you are told to do, you’ll not be successful. If you don’t think through the issues of your project, who will? I am very particular about describing my expected results, which makes it easy for people to recognize the benefits of the project. You’ll find people around you asking important and insightful questions.

3. Manage Time Effectively

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Once time has slipped away, you’ll never get it back. A good project manager should always be conscious of their time for self-improvement. Keep a track of what tasks are more important to finish first, what can wait. ProofHub is a sophisticated tool that delegates tasks to be done by others, prioritizes them and set due dates so nothing is missed.

Do you know ProofHub can track time as well? Give it a try.

4. Be Mr. or Ms. Fix It

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When you are given the title “project manager” that means you are the one who has to do it all. If you see something that’s broken, that is not on the right track, take the action to fix it. Develop a realistic plan to bring out the solutions for your team’s problems and the expected issues in the project. Your this attitude will bring in positive energy in the people around you and boost you to have a ‘do it’ attitude.

5. Believe In Your Team And Your Project

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You’ll not be successful as a project manager without faith in your team. Be the one who has an honest opinion and is a sincere advocate for both the team and the project. By finding what’s working best in team performance, you’ll most likely be able to highlight positives to everyone around you. And in turn, give out a belief in the overall success of the team.

6. Make Communication Among Team Members A Priority

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Communication is the key. When asked about failures in the workplace, a Salesforce study shows that 86% of respondents indicated a lack of collaboration or ineffective communication. Make sure you’re in always contact with the team. It is your responsibility to make sure everyone is heard, be updated with everything that is going on with your project and your team. You will be able to undertake if anything comes out of the blue.

7. Deploy Empathy

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Having powerful empathetic communications is a crucial piece of being a great manager. Empathy is those “soft” leadership skills that a manager should be having to be a good manager. You should be aware that only motivating your employees is not enough, their individual goals are also important. Show empathy to them to stay in alignment with their interests too.

So, makes a good manager? The kind of manager that inspires a team, fosters growth and productivity. It’s not just managing a team, but putting the amount of effort to make the team successful.

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Chief Marketing Officer@ProofHub. Featured writer on LinkedIn. Contributor at Elearning Industry, Dzone, Your Story and Business.com.

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