Effective leadership is important for projects – no one disputes that and a quick online search will throw up plenty of survey results that position leadership as one of the key factors for project success.
However, leadership is hard work. It’s also very stressful. I hear a lot about ‘being a leader’ but I don’t think the discussion is wide enough. We also need to talk about how to cope with being a project leader because it’s difficult, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience at the top.
Project managers manage projects for a living. Even if you only manage the odd project here and there as part of your day job, the chances are that you have more experience doing that than your sponsor does in sponsoring projects.
There are three simple reasons for that.
A mind map is an excellent place to start a project. It helps you collate all the ideas and potential tasks for your project, but you might not realise you can easily use the same data to build your project plan. Here’s how to take the unstructured data of your mind map and transform it into a Gantt chart.
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