Increasing personal value is very important.
Many people want a raise or promotion before they perform at a higher level. I have found increasing my knowledge, skills, and productivity always results in something good. Yes, there is a chance I am doing more than I am paid to do, but the rewards will come eventually!
Utilizing John Maxwell’s Law Of Duplication allows my growth as well. Once I can develop others around to me to do what I can do, I am able to tackle new things. These new ventures increase my value.
I recently worked on a project where the subject matter expert dug his heels into the ground and refused to share any knowledge. Do you think this person was highly valued for his specialized knowledge? A management opportunity for this person was taken away because he had to remain “in the trenches” since nobody else knew the product. Think about the missed promotion and salary opportunity!
For further reading, I highly recommend the post How Easily Are You Replaced? by Stacey Douglas.
It is so easy to hide behind email in Project Management.
Email is a great way of communicating clear requirements and keeping a documentation trail for your project team. It is especially handy for working in virtual teams.
Email can also be a noose!
I have heard project team members advise their deliverable is delayed because they never received an answer to their email request. Communication is a high percentage of project management so we need to step away from Outlook and call people (maybe even face-to-face if possible).
Many people manage their tasks via email as well. If your deliverable email is not in the top 20 of their inbox, the task gets buried. As project managers, we need to ensure we recognize the way our team members manage tasks so we can ensure we help them deliver on time. I call this “gentle nagging”.
Dan Markovitz recently wrote a great article about how the problem is the lack of a decent process for handling email, not a lack of time to handle it. Tim Ferriss wrote about implementing Zero E-mail Fridays.
Once we stop hiding behind email as a single tool, our communication can only improve!