VOICES Project Toolkit
Inspiration can be hard to find—and
keep. From completing the smallest
daily task to achieving project milestones and overarching goals, project
managers and their teams need to
care about the job at hand. We asked
practitioners: What motivates you
and your team?
any situation—especially when things change. As
the team faces uncertainty and risk, motivation
I am motivated by constructive criticism. Adequate feedback about performance boosts my ego.
I thrive when I am not micromanaged and maintain
my independence within a collaborative environment. A leader who knows how to leverage that
properly will create an open, trusting and engaging
team. In my experience, that fuels a constant effort
to improve, and the team will strive to solve lingering project issues.
Change can be difficult and very frustrating for a
team without motivation. A leader who can manage
change well goes a long way in motivating a team.”
—Michael Areola, PMI-ACP, agile system manager,
TransCore Link Logistics, Houston, Texas, USA
I feel the most motivated when I’m given
full responsibility for performing tasks.
To me, if a manager grants partial or full
responsibility in order to implement a certain task, it
shows me that I’m a trusted employee. It also means
that he or she is giving me an opportunity to grow.
When I was working in the Ministry of Defense’s
For me, project management is a mindset;
it’s not just a profession or skill. It is the
process of thinking that, given any prob-
lem, I can apply a structured approach to
solve it, whether it’s an IT project or a life problem.
I can impose a framework around the problem,
control it and apply a process (traditional or agile) to
solve it. That motivates me.
So does the fact that project management
transcends the workplace and has applications in
our everyday lives. Whether it’s the project of very
carefully planning a road trip to take a 95-year-old
relative to see her 93-year-old sister, or a project
of personal financial family planning, the thought
process is very similar.
Finally, I’ve learned a great deal about human
nature (and myself) by managing projects. Project
management provides us with the opportunity to
observe human behavior.”
—Sizwe Dumisani, PMP, deputy program manager, DKW
Communications, Washington, D.C., USA
Real motivation comes from the project
manager who possesses the necessary
skills to develop productive behavior in
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