The Parallels between Life and Project Management – Discover the Resemblance
Learn the importance of applying values and principles to project management. Understanding the core focus of project management towards achieving objectives via the inputs from inner thoughts / opinions learned through life’s experiences is key.
Project managers need to have more than technical knowledge and skills. The success of projects requires more than just technical skills. Did you ever think of project management as the application of your beliefs and principles to meet the requirements? Successful managers must also be able to see their projects clearly and in time, just like they would with a core issue in their lives.
Let’s see if there are any other things that can be done to draw parallels between project management and life.
Don’t be a perfectionist – be flexible!
@Life: You plan your day when you wake up each morning. You may need to adjust your plans or find more flexible ways to get things done throughout the day to reach your goals.
@ Work: Project management plans are only efficient if they are implemented practically. However, it may not always be possible to implement the plans in a timely manner or with smooth executions. Managers must be able to foresee future problems and plan accordingly.
Verdict: Even the most well-designed plans can’t be used to deal with adverse situations or unbalanced points on a plan. All you have to do is relax knowing that you can handle any trouble.
Keep working with the Sense Emergency
@Life: There are many situations in your personal life such as your child’s education, special occasions and small crises at your home. You have to manage things and make decisions on the double.
@Work: You will also be confronted with stressful or agonizing situations as a project manager. These situations can sway your work processes or force you to make decisions quickly. To see your projects through, you must remain calm and work with urgency.
Verdict: Projects, life events, and other projects are designed with a time frame, budget, and resources. It is important that they are handled with urgency.
Training and Inspiration are the key words
@Life: Don’t be the ‘hated teacher’ that your children will avoid when you’re teaching them. Instead, be the caring parent cum teacher to make a difference in your child’s knowledge development.
@ Work: It is important to be “one of them” and not “above them all”. Also, it is important to coach and train your employees rather than just telling them what the do’s and don’ts are. Instead of being their “big boss”, be their inspiration.
Verdict: Recognizing the efforts of your team can be the best way to motivate. Be the organizer of your team’s path.
Communicate and Envisionage
@Life: Think about a situation in your own life. You want to be a doctor, but your parents want you to explore your talents in the arts and crafts field. You will need to explain to your parents your motivations for following your passion and ensure that they fully understand what you want.
@Work: Help your team visualize and inculcate unexpected issues. Avoid vague descriptions and be specific (with concrete diagrammatic interpretations and explanations) so everyone in your team can agree with you.
Verdict: Communication helps. Communication opens up the door to serious engagements. It also makes any situation more manageable.
Be the hero!
@Life: Trust and love in your personal life are also dependent on @Life