1. Adopt a project state of mind
- Projects have a beginning and end and result in the delivery of a product or service. Keeping that in mind separates your critical projects from the day to day operations of your business and keeps the focus on the intended outcome.
2. Clearly define roles and responsibilities
- Does everyone know what to do? Make roles clear and let team members know what they need to do to successfully complete the project. Let them figure out how to get it done!
3. Establish a rhythm for communications
- Regular communication keeps everyone on the same page and provides an opportunity for early warning when problems are encountered. Encourage openness and use your meetings to harness team expertise to resolve issues. 30 minutes max of course.
4. Make a note of it
- Few team members read long meeting notes. Keep your meeting notes focused on actions and agreements in bullet form. These are quick to write and quick to review.
5. Check in prior to due dates to anticipate issues
- The role of any good leader is to keep the team “in bounds” rather than giving a red card when things go off the rails. Establish open communications to identify exposures and check in often on critical milestones before they are due.