Habits of effective project manager for success in work and personal life referring to Mr. Covey’s Book: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Successful people know that habits are the key for their success. Good habits help you strive for success and bad habits drive you to failure, simply because creating a routine in life makes it easier to handle similar situations, so you free your mind for new opportunities and handling unforeseen conditions. As a PMP, we have all thought of what are the habits of effective project manager for success in work and personal life.
Stephen R. Covey is a highly educated and experienced religious and philosophical management consultant and his recommendation is actually applying mystical and true religious teachings that are based on human psychology and inter-human relations. Actually, I consider Mr. Covey as a modern age guru. Since I can apply all his recommendations to my belief and see how some of his philosophy really apply to all cultures and personal backgrounds related to our Anthropology discussion in earlier posts.
Mr. Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was published in 1989 and had so much influence on people that many professionals found ways to apply his recommendations to their field. PMI also recommended applying these habits to their members in 1996. There is an interesting article on PMI’s site published b Applying Covey’s Seven Habits To A Project Management Career that summarizes habits of Effective Project Manager. You must be a member to PMI in order to read the full article, but here is a summary from it’s free abstract:
- Project managers can be proactive (#1) in their roles as decision makers, marketeers, problem solvers and team builders.
- Beginning with the end in mind (#2) is analogous to starting a project with a good requirements definition.
- Putting first things first (#3) relates to proper task prioritization.
- Think win-win (#4) means that project managers need to understand the sources of conflict in order to best resolve them.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood (#5) highlights the importance of communications.
- Synergize (#6) relates to the project manager’s coordination skills
- Sharpen the saw (#7) reinforces the project manager’s drive toward continuous process improvement.
Although I read the E-book version of the book, however, I enjoyed the audio format with Mr. Covey’s voice much better. I recommend that you purchase both from Amazon.com at: