May 172011

People are generally not bad. They want to do a good job, they want to be creative, they want to be accountable. People do have strengths and weaknesses though, as well as unspoken needs and fears, all of which are powerful unseen motivators that can drive all sorts of strange behaviour. You only have to observe the way people go about their business day-to-day in order to validate that.

There are the PC crowd, hiding behind smiley faces and politically correct murmurs and nods, yet saying and doing are two entirely different animals.

There are those, technically brilliant souls, but totally unable to focus and deliver.

There are those that can be trusted to knuckle down and get the job done.

There are those that require micro-management.

The list goes on and on.

There is a spot for all these in our corporates and on our projects. As a project manager your greatest asset will be the ability to ‘read’ the individual, to have a mental SWOT of them and to put them to use in areas within your project that gives them the best chance of shining. That’s good for them and good for your project.

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