When you get into a team, the key thing to note is how any team becomes a reflection of its leader! This could be a small project team or a larger organizational department or even an organization that reflects the principles of its CEO and Board.
What is key here is that every team has its own dynamics. For e.g. if it is a small project team or a transient team which has been put together towards accomplishing some specific goal- i.e. A short-term project team, then in that case- coherence of its members is very key. Where there is not coherence with the members and the Project Leader, you will often find that there are un-happy people or that they refuse to accept the project manager as their leader and so on…
Coherence is not about about individuals having a good or bad personality. Different people have different styles. It is true that at a professional level, we are expected to deal and work well with all kinds of people, but the reality is that- it is not always true.
Workplace conflicts are even more apparent than between friends and unlike in a personal scenario where people at times back down to save the relationship, in professional situations, people back down only because they need to (maybe in a lower organizational position). This in turn leads to resentment and sooner or later and in outright or less-obvious way, it is going to get expressed- which may not be for the betterment of an organization.
All organizations should, but particularly if you are a smaller company, then make it a point to hire people based on coherence of your organizational culture. People can be taught techniques and methodologies, but you cannot change a person’s intrinsic personality (nor should you, since they are entitled to be who they choose to be).
But hiring based on coherence will allow you to develop and grow your teams, their capabilities in a manner which is not only beneficial to that specific individual, but also for your organization as a whole. You will find that your people feel better engaged and this in turn will help to build organizational-loyalty, which is starting to be a dying trait!
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Throughout my career I have been called in to resolve situations where the client initially thought that the project was going to be just a breeze and as they started working on it (and usually after blowing up quite some cash), they realize that they should have better planned it!!
Yes, it is very true that resources cost money, but inefficiency costs even more and not just money, it also causes frustration. This in turn typically leads to negative sentiments between team-members and stakeholders and organizational discontent. Over time, such repetitive failed work efforts ultimately lead to Employee Disengagement.
Sandhya Bhat MSc, CSSMBB, CSSE has developed several new (under patent filing) and enhanced existing strategic methodologies to improve technology and human capital utilization, produce greater ROI on investments and streamline service delivery. She is an acclaimed author, speaker, a sought after thought leader and an avid world traveler.
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Scaled Project Frameworks (SPFs) offer a streamlined and effective way of working to service a fluid environment with constantly evolving project work demands. Kanban and Lean-Agile are two of the most used Scaled Project Frameworks (SPFs). Watch on...
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Ultimately technology needs to enable people and this is done through a process, so when we strategically consider the People-Process-Technology triangle within our usual Project delivery methodology, we provide a technology solution that truly empowers and enables our clients. Watch on to learn more...
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Even the best managed project goes through a rough patch. It could happen because of myriad of reasons- right from lack of sponsor support to resistance from users to accept suggested changes. Of course, each of these areas are big challenges on their own and need to be tackled accordingly- e.g. ensure change management plan was considered even as the project was being rolled out and not just towards the end phase. Similarly, there are several other ways to ensure that projects just do not get derailed in the first place. In this series we will look in-depth at each of these scenarios. For starters, in this video, we will look at five ways to rescue a distressed project. Watch on to learn more. Do remember to like this video and subscribe to our channel, so you are aware of when we upload new videos on this channel and also in this playlist...
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