Fundamentals Of Project Management

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Unformatted text preview: ust avoid undermining a person’s motivation. Management guru Peter Drucker and others have observed that many organizations do not have as much trouble with unmotivated employees as they do with the fact that they actually destroy motivation by their management practices and/or job environment. As an example, when I was in India I was told about a project to build a road. Working conditions were terrible. The temperature was typically 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the food at the site was of poor quality, and morale was very low. To add insult to injury, at night the project manager and his immediate staff stayed in a comfortable hotel. The project finally got into trouble, and the project manager decided to move to the site full-time. Soon the quality of the food improved, along with working conditions. Morale improved as a result, and soon the project was running smoothly. This project manager had no problem with motivation but had one with de-motivation! Responsibility for ensuring successful communication lies with the communicator, not with the person to whom the communication is addressed. I doubt that there is an organization in the universe that does not have a problem (make that problems) with communication. I know, I know—we managers don’t have communication problems. The entire fault lies with followers who simply don’t listen! How many times have you given people assignments, then found them doing the wrong thing? How many times have they told you they were doing what you had instructed them to do, and you argued that they misunderstood? Lost count? Me, too! Previous Table of Contents Next Products | Contact Us | About Us | Privacy | Ad Info | Home Use of this site is subject to certain Terms & Conditions, Copyright © 1996-2000 EarthWeb Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of EarthWeb is prohibited. Read EarthWeb's privacy statement. Fundamentals of Project Management by James P. Lewis AMACOM Books ISBN: 0814478352 Pub Date: 01/01/95 Search Tips Search this book: Advanced Search Previous Table of Contents Next Title Unfortunately, it makes no difference what you intended to communicate. It is how the person interprets what you said that governs her behavior, and if she gets it wrong you will simply have to get her to redo the work. So it is best to get it right the first time. Again, if you have problems communicating with people, get help! Soon! ----------- One related topic—if you don’t know how to make good presentations on your project, you should improve your presentation skills. You may be running the most successful project in the world, but if you can’t convey that point to anyone else, it won’t matter. You will be judged on what others think is true, rather than on the facts. The meaning of a communication is the response it gets. Decision making is the remaining skill you need to be an effective project manager. I refer not o...
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