Love your team

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In any project, your team will make everything happen – or not happen. Teams are made up of people, humans hired to do the work. But if we treat them like “human resources” or simple units of labor, we will not get the best results.

Love them. Like them. Talk to them. Be a friend, a supporter. Let them experiment. Ask their opinions, and take their advice. If we have done our jobs right as a project manager, when the project is done the team should say “Look what we did!”. 

A very wise PM once challenged me to go an entire week without using any personal pronouns whatsoever. No “me”. no “I” or “my”. Try it. Instead of saying “I want this done by Thursday”, say “The project needs this output by Thursday. How would you make that happen? What support would you need? What obstacles stand in your way?”

Try it. Build up your team. Then hang on!

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