REINVIGORATE YOUR LIFE / THE “CHEETAH KNOW HOW” SERIES

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS ART – LITHOGRAPH, 50X70, FRAMED, 2008

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen Medina, CAPM®, Co-Author

The definition of reinvigorate is: To put vitality and vigor back into someone or something.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Where exactly do you find this extra vitality and vigor? How do you determine that someone or something is lacking said vitality and vigor? And what is the process to insert vitality and vigor into that someone or something?

If that something is your life and the projects that make up your life, Cheetah Learning is here to help.

Reevaluate. Do you have a project in your life that has more parts lackluster than vigor? The first step is, don’t beat yourself up about it. There might be a reason that you have lost your motivation around this particular endeavor. Find out the “why” of doing the project and ascertain if you still have the same motivations and passions to complete it. If you don’t, then allow yourself to toss the project and do something that better fits who you are today. 

Re-tool. How do you feel when you don’t have the tools you need to accomplish a task? Perhaps the complete opposite of invigorated? That is how your project team will feel if they have a clearly defined task and deliverables, but don’t have the tools to reach their objective.

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find out if there is a capability problem on your project team, as your team members with the issue may not even know that they have a problem. The solution may be advanced technology, further education on the domain subject, or training on systems and procedures. Once the person has the tools they need, they will have a clear path to their objective and be reinvigorated about their part in the project.

Regroup. Have you every felt like you or your project team was losing momentum on a project, and it was hard to pinpoint why? Come back to the project agreement that you created at the beginning, and remember the overarching goal that dictates your day-to-day activities.  It’s also important to acknowledge how your project goals fit in with the strategic direction of your organization. When your project team knows the purpose behind their actions, they will be able to have passion and conviction about the project as a whole.

Reapply the basics. As we get into the depths of a project, sometimes we can forget to do basic project management practices. What is interesting is that it is often the most experienced project managers that fall to in the trap of slacking on basic project management techniques. As you gain more experience, it can be easy to think that you are “too good” for the basics. The fact is that as projects get bigger and more complex, it is imperative that we stick to basic good project management practices, such as getting stakeholder buy-in and documenting lessons learned, in order to keep the project on track and on task. Reinvigorate your project when you get back to the basics that made you a great PM in the first place.

Repeat. Henry Adams once said, “Chaos breeds life, while order breeds habit.”  It is natural for a project to become unorganized and for team members to lose their motivation. It requires the influx of energy to create order out of chaos, and to create an invigorated project team. Make a point to shake up your project team periodically with the tips mentioned above to provide an influx of vigor and vitality into the projects in your life.

Have a fantastic and invigorating day!

About the Author:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 50,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.  

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network, is carried by over 400 publications.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton. 

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