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Learning as the Project Manager

10 Sep

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Raechel from Talking Work asking if I would be interested in being a guest on their show.  I had listened to a few of their shows in the past and was very impressed with the content and guests they have had on their show.  I was quite honored and excited by the invitation, so I wholeheartedly agreed.  Although, I did not know what to expect or what questions I would be asked, I will say it was an absolutely neat experience to be a guest on their show and share what we all have in common, which is work.  Below, you will find one of the questions I was asked, but please feel free to listen to the entire showThank you Ty and Raechel for the honor & opportunity to be a guest on your show, I really appreciate it! 

When Team Members Have More Experience Than The Project Manager, is That a Positive or Negative Thing? How Do/Can They Help You Make Better Decisions?

I think it can be both a positive opportunity and also a challenge. I am the type of person that absolutely enjoys learning from and working with others, as it provides an opportunity to:

  • Gain tribal knowledge from these experienced professionals in the organization
  • Discover new ideas & tricks
  • Have a great resource or mentor to bounce ideas off of
  • Know whom to contact if you run into an issue

I find learning from others is similar to learning about history in school, as you want to learn about what has happened in the past to help prevent mistakes in the future.  I also feel that by taking time to listen to others and learn from them, it helps you to grow more on a professional level, become more informed, and show others that you value their input and help.  Of course, we are not experts on everything, so it’s nice to have the support of others to help you throughout the entire process of a project.

On the other hand, it can be challenging if you may run into a situation where it feels like there are too many Chiefs, but not enough Indians.  If you are new to a company or just started a new career path, others may question or test you to see if you are capable of doing that job in the organization.  Of course this makes doing your job a little more challenging at times, but we all started at the bottom at some point or switch to work at a new business, so it takes time to learn from others and more about the organization, so others feel that you are on the same playing field.  It’s always good to setup side meetings with others to better understand what role they play in the organization and show others you appreciate learning from others that will best benefit both parties.

Please comment below with your thoughts and comments, as I would love to hear them!

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