And it's interesting to note how the team follows the leader: The more disciplined the leader, the more disciplined the team. A disciplined leader gives others an anchor -- a sense of stability and accountability.
You may wonder why some people are disciplined and others are not. I believe it's a choice. Disciplined project managers strongly believe that delivering on the project result is a function of project management science and disciplined execution.
Here are some ways to become a disciplined project manager:
- Plan the next work week's activities a day or two ahead of time
- Confirm activities the day before
- Conduct daily reviews of what you did or didn't accomplish
- Follow through on your commitments
- Avoid time-wasters, such as unrelated conversations
- Practice staying within the time allotted to the meetings, tasks and activities
- Hold yourself accountable for your own deliverables by using a daily tracker document
- Communicate with stakeholders and sponsors regularly, regardless of the results
What are the ways you've become a disciplined project manager? And how has it helped you deliver better results?
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