What makes working as a Project Manager (PM) so unique?
As a Project Manager, you are involved in all project phases. By adopting a helicopter view, you are able to quickly spot the common thread of a particular project. Moreover, challenges that arise during the journey keep the work exciting.
How would your colleagues describe you?
During a short feedback session with my colleagues, words like structured, diplomatic, transparent and punctual appeared. They told me that I combine those with a team-player mentality and that I am not averse to the occasional joke to keep the team spirit high.
What is your go-to productivity trick?
As a PM, you need to keep an overview of everything that is going on and encourage your team members to meet the deadline. Short-term to-do lists are as vital to me as long-term planning. Unfortunately, I don't have an Einstein brain, so reminders in my calendar keep me on track every time.
How can you stand out as a PM?
You should try to empathise with the roles and challenges of your project members and keep the team spirit upbeat. Avoiding panic management is the key to project success.
If you could go back in time, what would you say to yourself at the beginning of your career?
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”, dixit a famous philosopher. Do not try to run when you can only walk. Although chances are that you will sometimes end up with jobs that are not quite what you would consider dream jobs, you can learn from every single experience.