New Year Resolutions for the Project Manager

December 12, 2016

With 2017 right around the corner, brands and businesses are putting the finishing touches on their strategies for the New Year. Whether it’s exceeding revenue targets over 2016, reducing the cost of overhead or travel expenses, or perhaps increasing the number of new business leads month-over-month, each and every business has unique targets and objectives moving into the upcoming year.

But for an individual, whether a contractor or employee, how can you prepare yourself for 2017? In particular, how can a Project Manager prepare themselves to exceed their goals and targets for the New Year?

That’s why we’ve put together New Year Resolutions for the Project Manager.

These are our 3 tips every Project Manager should consider for 2017

 1. Listen and Engage

Whether you are working in an Environmental project position or a development company or agency, it is important to listen and engage in all facets of business – especially as we move into 2017.

It’s important to pay close attention to the strengths of your teammates, consulting agency, clients and customers. Listen to their feedback, wants or needs, and engage with your stakeholders in a language that they will understand. For example, the way a project manager might speak with a real estate team is different from that of an environmental resources team.

2. Consider your organization tools

With greater targets and the need for even better results over 2016, it’s time to consider the organization tools you are using.

Project management platforms like Asana or Trello are great for using on a team level, with the Project Manager being responsible for the relationship and set of tasks. If you use an in-house project management tool, consider reviewing strengths and weaknesses prior to January. Is there an opportunity for improvement?

3. Embrace change

Change is the only constant, as they say – and that couldn’t be more true as we move into 2017. With many industries in British Columbia experiencing great success in 2016, it’s time to look ahead and determine what might change, and what might stay the same.