Successfully running a project is no easy task. That’s why anyone in this position needs to have the right set of skills. While technical skills are often the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks about a project manager, there are actually quite a few other traits this type of leader needs to possess.
Whether you’ve been put in the position of managing a project or are helping someone in that position, let’s take a look at the different ways to keep a team engaged throughout the course of a project:
The best project managers know how to delegate. The reason that skill is so important is providing increased responsibility is actually a great motivator. When someone is given the same task over and over, it’s unlikely that they’re going to stay fully engaged with what they’re doing. But when a team member’s quality work is rewarded with new responsibilities, they will continue to feel very committed to delivering what’s needed to successfully complete the project.
There are plenty of projects that have long timelines. While that duration may be the amount that’s needed to finish the project, it doesn’t mean your team has to focus on a date that’s far off in the future. Instead, you can break a project up into chunks or create milestones. By giving your team targets to hit over shorter periods of time, you can keep morale high by creating opportunities for team members to feel good about significant amounts of work that have been completed.
When a team member does something great, be sure to let everyone know about it. In fact, one of the secrets of great project managers is creating an atmosphere where individuals actually take the initiative to publicly congratulate other team members. This type of recognition will have a direct impact on keeping everyone motivated and engaged.
This ties in with the first strategy of increasing responsibility for team members. As a project progresses, there may be times when it makes sense to change the primary roles of members of the team. This can help motivation by preventing everyone from getting bored with what they’re doing. And if you notice that someone is struggling with a specific task, switching things up among multiple team members can get progress back on track without harming an individual’s motivation by making them feel singled out.
Optimizing process management is just one of the ways that the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program can improve your business. To learn more about how this approach can help transform your business, be sure to take a look at our process page.