04 Apr Is There A Rift In Your Project Management Team? Here Are Some Things To Look Out For
Warning Signs That You May Be Dealing With A Disruptive Influence In Your Team
It is not uncommon for a team to work on each other’s nerves at one point or another over the course of a project, simply put, we are only human and even the politest, self-aware people get pushed to their limits. But while there are natural reactions to human interactions, there are also those who bring a level of toxicity to a project that really nobody on the team should have to deal with. So, with that in mind let us see if we can iron out some of the creases that arise.
What You Should Be Looking Out For
A lack of organisation can be the ultimate killer in the project management spectrum. This extends to anyone involved from top to bottom. If something isn’t well-planned it can never be well-executed. How do they respond to criticism? Do they genuinely want to correct their approach? Are they just telling you what you want to hear? Even worse, do they get uppity and defensive when you offer some sincere and well-meaning words? If you answered yes to any of these it could become a problem. It is also of huge importance that people are on the team are willing to admit fault as well speaking up when they are struggling with a task or aren’t experienced enough to deal with something on their own.
What are their communication skills like? Is there an ongoing dialogue or is it in dribs and drabs? Always make sure the members of the team are talking to one another, miscommunication is common and can become an issue further down the line if it isn’t addressed quickly. There are numerous apps available that help with this and if that isn’t the route you want to go then hold regular meetings where things can be brought to light as a group.
How To Deal Effectively With Disruptions On The Project
If you are concerned that things aren’t going to plan all you can do is look after your own interests. To ensure this, make yourself indispensable to the cause. Don’t engage in petty arguments and make suggestions that will add value. If there are things happening on the project that you are unhappy about or think merit reporting, then keep a list. Make a note of the issues over the course of the week and bring them up at an appropriate time. You can then show the other members what you have noted in a professional way.
Miscommunication is a big barrier to success in project management and this can be cleared up by making definitive lists of the duties and expectations required from members of the team. Always remember that a happy team is an effective team, try to maintain a sense of comradery among the team’s members. If there is a sense of community there is a much higher likelihood that people will pull in the same direction and tasks will be tackled with far more gusto if people work towards the same goals.