You're appointed to manage an event for 350 people. The client insists on the Velvet Room at a prestige hotel, but the room can only accommodate 300 people. You manage to convince the client to rather use another venue, what skills are you using here?
When you have been tasked to run a project, there are a few things that need to be in place to ensure that the project is a success, for example, project integration, scope management, schedule, cost and quality management to name a few. Another critically import skill is power skills.
When running projects, managing your team will be crucial to the success of the project as they can ultimately make or break the project. Therefore, great Team management skills are required which include, but are not limited to:
- Delegation Skills
- Motivational Skills
- Communication Skills
Within the above team management skills, lie a few skills that are of utmost importance, which we will explore further:
- Negotiation skills
- Various forms of negotiation will take place during the process of planning a project. You might have to negotiate with the client surrounding their requirements and deadlines, especially if the expectation is unrealistic. You will be working with a budget which, in most cases, will be tighter than what would have been ideal. You will have to negotiate with suppliers on the prices they offer.
Conflict will happen when planning any project. There are various reasons for this, work pressure caused by deadlines or strained budgets, differences in values, perceptions or expectations, scarce resources or personalities. When conflict arises, the project manager must be able to swiftly and effectively resolve any conflict to ensure a productive team.
One of the most valuable assets a company has, is its employees. Often when working on a large project, you might have to request employees from other teams to assist you and your team. This could cause some concern for the teams where members are being pulled from, so you will have to hone your persuasion techniques to get the best team members aboard.
- Negotiation Skills
- Conflict Management Skills
- Persuasion Techniques
- All of the above