As a project manager, one of the things I have learned over the years is that communication is key to a successful project, not only within the team, but between you and your stakeholders.
So I would like to offer two perspectives, one from the project stakeholder and one from the program manager (ok, it’s more about what not to say to your ‘boss’, but program managers have a lot of bosses – they’re called stakeholders).
Unfortunately, a majority of executives are dropping the ball in sponsoring projects. A KPMG survey reported by the Project Management Institute found that 68% of companies lack effective project sponsors. Executives are preoccupied with their “day job” responsibilities and often neglect project work as a secondary priority.
Typically, project managers have to corral people across the organization to ship their projects. Further, most project managers do not have any staff permanently assigned to them for support. Therefore, your project managers rely on executive support to break through barriers.
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The author goes on to outline ‘3 Project Management Traps To Guard Against’.
The second perspective is a somewhat amusing but surprisingly accurate list of ‘what not to say to your boss’.
“It’s important to be cautious with what you say to your boss, as even the slightest slip-up could make or break your career,” says Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of “Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad.”
Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” agrees. “There are certain comments and questions based on negative perspectives that can set you back with your boss,” she says. “If they continue unabated, these phrases can sabotage an otherwise great job.” View the full post… businessinsider.com
Here are some of the 33 phrases they caution against:
‘I don’t know’
And the always popular ‘I just assumed that …’
I’ve found that when communicating with stakeholders if you have something negative to report make sure you offer a recommended solution and maintain a positive attitude.