You’ll likely find information about systems approach to project management in a book on project administration.
You know what?
This is awesome. I hope you’ll read every book on your Amazon wishlist. I do.
These books can sometimes miss the bigger picture despite their incredibleness. You don’t want to be just a project manager who can implement processes in coherence.
You want to be a successful project manager. I have done extensive research on the skills that make a project manager a success. The article below will reveal the hidden talents that transform ordinary cubicle-dwelling project mangers into successful, powerful project managers.
1. Successful project managers place the right people in the right places.
George Marshall was the one who did it right
George Marshall was a great project manager. He won a war. Like a real war — WWII. Winston Churchill called Marshall “organizer of victory,” which sounds like a nice title. He went on to win many sweet awards and positions after he won war. (Have you ever heard of the Nobel Peace Prize?
He was not called “project manager.” Instead people saluted him and called him “General,” but it is clear that this guy could get things done. Quora discussions revealed that Marshall was “a genius at selecting the right people for the right jobs.”
This is his enviable talent — selecting the right people to do the right job. This is a great talent. Even if he or she is Captain America, no one can win a war by himself. You need help. A project manager is able to recruit, advise, and direct that help.
Your massive project and your grumpy employees are likely to be a very difficult reality to deal with every day. Think about Marshall. There were also harsh realities for Marshall to face: Bombs. Tanks. This is stuff.
He chose the right people and placed them in the right places to save the free world from its inevitable end.
This is successful project management for your company.
2. Successful project managers plan ahead.
Steve Jobs was the one who did it right
Here’s one my favorite Steve Jobs quotes:
Here’s to the misfits and rebels, to the troublemakers, to the people who see things differently. You can quote them, disagree, glorify them, or even vilify them. But you can’t ignore them because they make things better. Jobs was able to envision a future, and then bring it to life, whether he was creating a prehistoric personal computer device or trying to store thousands of songs in his pocket.
Without planning, this is not possible. Anyone who has seen Apple’s incredible launch of game-changing products will tell you that planning is key to Apple’s success.
Steve Jobs was a major planner of much of this. According to a DailyMail article, Steve Jobs spent more than a full year working on products that would protect the company’s future.
He planned, he project, and he made sure that there was a process in place to execute it. His succession plan was a perfect example of project management success. This type of success requires a long-range view, complete calendar mastery, as well as the insights from gantt chart.
We hear undertones from an invete in Jobs’s quote about the crazy people who change the world.