Yael Cohen, PMP, is a project manager at
Lewis Fowler in Denver, Colorado, USA.
news empty-handed; o;er options to your client and
guide him or her to the most appropriate option.
More often than not I’m nicknamed “Hound” while
managing a project. While some might be o;ended
by this, I claim the name as a badge of honor.
Whether you’re nudging your team members or
your client, persistence pays o; (though sometimes
it takes longer than you’d like). ;e action item
list that comes out of weekly status meetings, for
example, is a good tool to hold your team or client
accountable. Of course, reminders—whether delivered in person, via email or over the phone—are a
go-to mechanism to prod people and encourage on-time delivery.
If you exude passion, your team members are more
likely to follow suit. Leading by example matters
when managing projects: It is easier to emulate a
passionate project manager than a disgruntled one.
But be careful not to be emotional; always lead with
a calming demeanor.
Turning around the troubled project I took over was
undoubtedly a team e;ort, but these four “P” techniques enabled me to successfully lead the project
across the ;nish line. ;e experience was a reminder
of the techniques’ e;ectiveness in di;cult situations
and also how valuable they’ve been to my career as a
project manager. While I may not be able to quantify
the value of these techniques, I can say with con;-dence that they’ve helped build my reputation as a
project manager who can turn a challenging project
into a success in any environment. PM
Whether you’re nudging your team
members or your client, persistence
pays off (though sometimes it takes
longer than you’d like).