Project Management - Part 3
Projects can be messy. We set ambitious goals and work with a variety of people with different personalities to achieve our objectives, so something is bound to go sideways. How can you prepare yourself to avoid giving up?
So far, we have discussed firstly, being specific and clear in defining the project with yourself and then with your team. Secondly, we talked about setting goals, which is the "what" you want to accomplish by "when", and then working with the right people on your team to define objectives. It's important to delegate the tasks to the right people and set a deadline for each. Let's pick up with point number 6!
6. Beware of any Project Killers
There are a lot of things that can sideline a project. For me, I have found that I can categorize my project killers into the 4 D's.
A great question to ask yourself when opportunities arise is, "Will this opportunity benefit the big picture of the organization and its vision, or is it a distraction?"
Every leader is going to battle discouragement. It's inevitable. Usually, it happens when we are disappointed over a failed expectation.
It is very rare that a project doesn't involve conflict. Recognize the symptoms and take the time you and your team need to rest, recreate, refuel, and refire with the vision.
If I feel myself or the team disengaging from God, people, or the vision, I know that there is a problem most likely due to losing focus.
Avoiding the Deadly D's
Visions leaks so it is important to continually reiterate the vision throughout the project, not just at the beginning or when the 4 D's raise their ugly heads.
I tell my team all of the time to not just bring me problems, but also solutions. We want to be solution focused, not just problem focused.
I think there are two main areas of responsibility for a project manager:
- Resource your team with everything they will need to get the job done.
- Learn to communicate with your team. A project manager's primary function is to communicate and bridge the communication between all the different personalities involved.
Spiritually, we must keep our heads in the game and our hearts pliable towards the Lord in the multiple projects and diversity of team players day to day. As a pastor, I remind myself often that Christ is the head of the church and that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. I must surrender daily to God's lead, rely on His strength, seek His wisdom from the Word, and cast all my cares on Him because He cares for me. I also remind myself that the church is the hope of the world, and Jesus gave us a mission to reach every available person, at every available time, by every available means, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by creating churches unchurched people love to attend.
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