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Project Manager : Project Manager Oct Nov 2011
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 39 1 emotional Intelligence: The ability to pick up on events and interactions (both verbal and non-verbal) and to process those inputs in the context of the project plan. 2 Adaptive Communication: The ability to articulate one's ideas – whether orally or in writing – to a range of individuals, groups and cultures using the most effective com- munication techniques for each group. 3 People Skills: The ability to quickly build and maintain positive relationships with team-members and stakeholders. 4 Management Skills: The ability to serve, motivate and focus a team and to foster collaboration among team members. 5 Flexibility: The willingness and ability to change one’s approach to project manage- ment and/or course of action in response to business needs. 6 Business Savvy: knowledge of the organi- sation’s business, strategy and industry. Ability to understand a strategy and align tactical work around that strategy. 7 Analytical Skills: The ability to think through problems and decisions. 8 Customer Focus: The ability to understand the end-user or end customer’s needs and the drive to ensure that projects meet those needs. 9 Results orientation: The ability to get things done efficiently and effectively. management ... that’s why soft skills leadership and interpersonal skills are sought after. “There will come a point where you will be required to demonstrate those skills before you’re offered a project management role.” The next generation Her position is supported by a new Forrester Research report that identifies a need for project managers to develop enhanced leadership skills. It’s no longer enough to possess good people skills and to be fluent in project management best practices, tools and methodologies, wrote Forrester analyst Mary Gerush in Define, Hire and Develop Your Next Generation Project Managers. Project managers need to be flexible and focused on business value; and they need even stronger communication skills than in the past. “Through their understanding of project management practices and their expert capabilities, strong project managers do more than just keep projects on track, they drive project teams to produce excellent results by analysing and understanding customer needs and helping the team work together effectively.” ••• top traits of future project managers Forrester analyst Mary gerush lists the following core capabilities of a ‘next generation Project Manager’. CAReeR CeNtRe •
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