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What Traits are Most Effective and Desired in PMs?

They are consummate consultants


Author Jeff Kavanaugh describes the mindset we'll cultivate in this course:

When conducting an analysis, it’s tempting to jump in, crunch data and create reports. Good insights, however, originate from a thoughtful work plan. A work plan consists of two components: an activity map and a thinking map. 

When most people think of cases or projects, they think initially of activity maps, the Gantt chart that shows tasks to be performed. They neglect the importance of thinking maps.

Thinking maps identify major issues. They cover the development of an initial hypothesis, analysis, message, an understanding of what needs to be accomplished - and an assessment of the information and data that will be required. Many people skip this step because they feel that there’s no time, or they think they already know everything they need. However, going down an unproductive path consumes precious resources, especially time. After weeks spent moving in the wrong direction, there may be no time to conduct a meaningful analysis.

A Masterful PM:

Seeks and uses feedback

Is self-confident in a non-arrogant way

Is a “straight shooter” who is able to be direct without being disrespectful

Takes full accountability and never makes excuses

Exhibits business acumen (e.g., when presenting to senior management, links their analysis and recommendations to real business issues)

Highly proactive (versus reactive) in their approach to getting things done; is a self-starter who takes action without waiting to be asked/told

Resourceful; able to figure out a path forward when faced with obstacles or situations with a high degree of ambiguity

Views issues cross-functionally and avoids “silo” thinking

In terms of time management and prioritization, balances the urgent and the important

Is outcome-focused (versus activity-focused) and exhibits ROI (return on investment) thinking when considering where to allocate time, money and resources




The Reminder Column

Please read my welcome note by Wednesday.

Your Week-by-Week Mastery List 

Missed anything? Refer to Weekly Notes and Study Guide
1. Know what experts note are desireable traits in Project Managers. Know your own strengths and skills. Spend time and thought optimizing your personal  strengths and gifts.