One of the toughest challenges in project management is motivating people who don't report to you. In the course of your project you may have to overcome bureaucratic hurdles, resistance from department managers, and getting cooperation from people with their own set of priorities. Without firm support from senior management, no one will take your project seriously and you'll constantly be swimming against the current. Always try diplomacy...
first, but when that fails you'll need a big motivational stick - and nothing gets the wheels turning like a friendly phone call from senior level management.
12 STEPS TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS
Step 01: Identify sponsors and stakeholders
Step 02: Get a champion in top management
Step 03: Clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables
Step 04: Own the planning process
Step 05: Establish a methodology
Step 06: Be honest about your abilities
Step 07: Make sure you have the resources
Step 08: Assemble the best team you can
Step 09: Communicate early and often
Step 10: Establish clear metrics
Step 11: Keep your deliverables in mind
Step 12: Know when to ask for help
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