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How to Work with a Micromanager

Working with a micromanager can be difficult if you don't know how to manage the micromanager. If your boss scrutinizes every move on your project, questions your decisions and methods, and gives unsolicited [more…]

How to Confirm Team Members’ Participation in a Project

As you start your project, you need to confirm the identities of the people who’ll work to support your project. To do so, verify that specific people are still able to uphold their promised commitments [more…]

How Project Managers Help Teams Function Well

A project manager knows she has a well-functioning when team members trust each other; have confidence in each other’s abilities; can count on each other’s promises; and communicate openly. A well-functioning [more…]

How to Keep Team Members Focused on a Project

At the start of a project, staying committed to the overall goals of a project can be easy for a team. As the project progresses, however, a project manager may need to refocus team members' energies. [more…]

What to Do When You Complete a Project

So you're about to complete your (successful) project. Filing the final report, however, isn't the project manager's last task. You need to help your team members transition off the project, acknowledge [more…]

Project Manager Skill: How to Run Productive Meetings

Project meetings don’t have to be painful experiences. If you plan and manage them well, project meetings can be effective forms of communication. They can help you find out about other team members’ backgrounds [more…]

How to Use Meetings to Manage Your Project

At work, just saying meeting can induce groans; but meetings are an effective way to manage projects. Three kinds of meetings help keep project players engaged: regularly scheduled meetings, [more…]

How to Be an Effective Project Leader

Leadership and management are two related but distinct sets of behaviors for guiding and supporting people through a project. Project managers must be able to lead and manage to keep team members on track [more…]

Project Management: How to Motivate Team Members

Efficient processes and smooth relationships create the opportunity for successful projects. And having team members personally commit to your project’s success gives you the greatest chance of achieving [more…]

How to Keep Team Members Committed to Your Project

When managing a project, you have to keep people committed to it until the end. Although some people commit to completing an assignment because someone tells them to do so, you get a much more serious [more…]

Motivating Your Project Team with Feedback and Rewards

Getting your team members to appreciate your project’s value and feasibility helps you motivate them initially. However, if the project lasts longer than a couple of weeks, the team’s initial motivation [more…]

Top Time Management Tips

Help yourself to save time, and also to make the most of your time, by taking on board these tried-and-tested time management tips. If it’s too overwhelming to adopt all of them, pick one to try at first [more…]

Knowing Who You Need to Involve in Planning Your Project

Knowing early on who you need to involve in managing your project allows you to include the right people in your initial objective setting. It also allows you to plan for their participation at the appropriate [more…]

Grasping the Role of the Project Manager

To be an effective Project Manager, you have to know what your job involves. This list summarises the main tasks in project management. Some things on the list involve consultation with others: [more…]

How to Create a Skills Matrix

Use a Skills Matrix to confirm the skills, knowledge, and interest of your team members. A Skills Matrix is a table that displays people’s proficiency in specified skills and knowledge, as well as their [more…]

Small-Meeting Checklist

Running a successful small meeting takes time and planning. Use this checklist to stay on top of the details. For explanations of each of these points, refer to the e-book [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Running a Great Meeting In A Day For Dummies

Ten Tips for Appearing Confident When Leading a Meeting

As the leader of a meeting, you want to appear confident and in control. This means being assertive; you express yourself in a positive and confident manner and allow others to do the same. This approach [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Running a Great Meeting In A Day For Dummies

How to Make Your Meetings More Effective

When you run a meeting, you want to keep it moving and make sure it's productive, but you also want everyone to feel that it was time well spent. The small stuff often can have a large impact on your colleagues' [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Running a Great Meeting In A Day For Dummies

How to Draw Out a Speaker with Probing Questions

One of the key duties of a meeting facilitator is to make sure participants' ideas are understood by everyone. Probing with questions is a listening tool you can use to draw out and add depth to the speaker's [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Running a Great Meeting In A Day For Dummies

Minding Your Manners: Teleconference Etiquette

In order for a teleconference to run smoothly, participants must follow certain rules of etiquette while on the call. Follow these guidelines whenever you're involved in a teleconference, and consider [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Running a Great Meeting In A Day For Dummies

How a Time-Management Schedule Will Set You Free

Too many people feel that the structure of a time management system is too restrictive. They think the freedom they seek with their schedules and their lives is contained in a more flexible environment [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Effective Time Management In A Day For Dummies

Time-Management Technique: How to Conquer Dreaded Tasks

When facing a huge or intimidating load of work, taking the tasks apart may be the best way to make progress, stay on track, and put away that project in a timely fashion. [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Effective Time Management In A Day For Dummies

Ten Tips for Running an Effective Meeting

In today’s business world, it’s not only what you do, but how you do it that’s important. So, being able to successfully run a meeting is as important as what you cover in it. Here are some tips for preparing [more…]

For Project Managers: How to Elicit and Sustain Commitment for Projects

You can't do your project alone; as project manager, you need your team members to work together to successfully reach the project's final objectives and goals. Follow these tips to bring enthusiasm and [more…]

Effective Project Management: How to Hold People Accountable

When people accept a responsibility, they give you the right to hold them accountable for their performance. Even if you technically have no direct authority over a person on your project team, act as [more…]

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