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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2013
24 Project Manager IF THEY SEE YOU'RE WILLING TO LEARN FROM THEM, THEY MIGHT BE MORE WILLING TO LEARN FROM YOU. LEARNING IS CRUCIAL TO LEADERSHIP MEMBERS Future leaders It's an old question with ongoing relevance: what makes a good leader? According to two future leaders, each with a raft of projects under their belt and a bright future in leading projects and teams, continual learning and communication go a long way. BENJAMIN MILLER Issac Heard, BIM Manager, Construction, CSI Global I work for a consultancy rm -- CSI Global -- in an area that does Building Information Modelling (BIM) consultancy for constr uction projects and asset ow ners. We aim to create a model that integrates a lot of di erent project infor mation into a single system. Depending on how a client wants to use BIM, our model might only be used in the design process, or it might be used and updated throughout the construction process, before being handed over to create e cient maintenance and facilities management processes. I work one-on-one with members of a project team to develop and implement BIM, e ectively asking people to change the way they create, share, access and use infor mation. In my opinion, a hands-on, democratic style of leadership is critical for change management. You need to be able to develop a rapport with people. If you get out and work with people at the coalface you can show them that you're willing to lear n from them. If they see you're willing to learn from them, they might be more willing to learn from you. Lear ning is crucial to leadership. Once someone thinks they no longer need to lear n, especially in my eld, they're the most dangerous person on the project. Similarly, if you think you can't lear n from your team and stakeholders, you may potentially miss the most important part of the project. For project managers at any stage of their career it's important to be able to lear n and take advice from all levels in your team. Every project manager needs to understand that you don't understand everything and probably never will, so be open to all advice. I sit on the committee for the AIPM Young and Emerging Project Professionals Special Interest Group (YEPP SIG) in WA. It's a fairly new program in WA, but we're setting up networking opportunities and educational events to help people lear n how the industry works. We bring together people who are more advanced in their careers and people at early stages of their career so they can bounce ideas o each other. Because of our broad scope, we've created a hub between the di erent disciplines of project management, so that young project managers can develop their leadership capabilities across disciplines. I've certainly found it interesting to see how people in di erent disciplines approach management and leadership. It's good to hear other people's points of view about what makes good leadership or what helps projects succeed. In terms of running a project within YEPP, I've lear ned that in order to successfully get a project o the ground you need a team of people who are committed to being hands on straightaway. If someone is at the top pointing down and giving direction, nothing gets done. 1
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