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Project Skills Newsletter Issue #9 - 10 Tips To Be A Team Player At Work
December 09, 2014


Welcome to Issue #9 of my Project Skills Newsletter. I hope you enjoy this issue!

Hi there! If you work as part of a project team, you’ll no doubt know the importance of being a “team player”. In the ideal situation, all project team members work alongside one another, absolutely focused on delivering the project on time and on budget.

But that is seldom the case. Often, you’ll see a couple of miscreants who sabotage the team effort. We’ll hear words like “ that guy’s is just difficult” or “he doesn’t do anything”. This kind of project malaise will hurt the team and hurt you as a project manager.

If left unchecked, team morale can be lowered by the problematic team member, and will lead to certain disaster, with missed deadlines and low quality deliverables ...

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Some facts about what is project management experience and how you should document it.

Learn one of the biggest reasons why projects fail
Highlights one of the biggest reasons why projects fail and what you can do as a project manager.

Essential bank domain knowledge for IT professionals
Some essential bank domain knowledge and background for IT professionals.

My project nature matrix
My special project nature matrix to help classify projects.

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3. Tip of the Week

My tip this week is to find time to be alone.

As a project manager, there are HUGE demands on your time. Once you step into the office, you'll typically be assailed by issues, risks, client requests, etc. How do you find time to plan and look out over the horizon for the "correct" things to do to move the project forward?

For me, one of the key lessons I've learnt is to find some time alone to plan. Not just for my work as a project manager, but also for my life, my dreams and goals. Just 30 minutes a day can make a huge difference to where you see yourself going, and how to get there.

Take a little time out to see things clearly. To think for yourself. And the world becomes just a little clearer to you. You can do it in the early morning, or late night, or just book a meeting room and shut yourself in. As long as you do it - remember, it's really important!

Final Thoughts

I hope you all have a great week ahead! If you have any questions, send feel free to send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.


Very Respectfully,
Gary Tan
Author, Project Manager & Business Analyst

P.S. Check out my tips and resources for the PM and BA.


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