I often refer to Stephen Covey in my classes as well as with friends. I even gave my children a copy of his first successful book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (1) for Christmas this year. I like the simplicity of this book and the way it is divided into seven habits. Stephen Covey brings together the majority of personal development theories in one guide that is easy to follow and understand.
The first habit he recommends is ‘Be proactive’. Being proactive means being aware of two things.
Last week I ran a workshop on project management with the management team of a company. Together we studied the role of the two agents in the project manager/sponsor tandem.
Everyone agreed that the project vision was the sole preserve of the project sponsor, while the project manager was responsible for seeing it through. This responsibility gives him de facto control of the project budget as well as the leadership of the individuals assigned to carry out the project tasks.
Managing a project is like preparing a meal. Just about anyone can get food on the table. But pulling off a five-course meal for a large group of guests is another story. If you really want it to be a success, you’ll turn to a professional.
The same goes for projects. Anyone with a minimum of organisational skills can see a project through. But when the project gets more complex, you can increase your chances of success – and reduce your chances of getting an ulcer – by handing it to a professional project manager.