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Project Skills Newsletter Issue #15 - Are You Suited To Be A Project Manager?
February 24, 2015

Hi there,

Gary here and welcome to Issue #15 of my Project Skills Newsletter. I hope you enjoy this issue!

When I speak to some of my readers or Associates in my firm, they like to ask me questions like "What is Project Management like?" and "Am I suited to be a Project Manager?".

In fact, I get so many of these questions that I started developing a "Project Management Career Questionnaire".

The purpose of which was to assess, based on responses to a series of 10 questions, whether a person is cut out to be a Project Manager.

I want to share with you this questionnaire and just take you through some of my thoughts as to what kind of people are suited to be Project Managers.

Click here to read more.

2. More Articles

6 tips for speaking clearly as a project manager
A set of 6 tips for speaking clearly as a project manager - the ability to speak effectively is an important skill to master for project managers.

Do you need to know IT to be a project manager?
Explains whether you need to have IT knowledge in order to be a project manager. IT skills are not a must, but good to have for a project manager.

6 types of PMO jobs available
Learn about 6 types of PMO jobs available in the market, which are suitable for those looking to break into a project management career.

Top 5 PowerPoint tips for consultants
Here are 5 PowerPoint tips for consultants - useful for those developing presentation slides for senior management.

Top 3 PMP preparation books
A list of the top 3 PMP preparation books for those about to take the PMP exam. You will need one of these books to help you prepare.

For more articles, be sure to visit

3. Tip of the Week

My tip of the week is to "Get The Monkey Off Your Back".

This concept came from a best-selling Harvard Business Review article and is a well-known management concept.

The "monkey-on-the-back analogy" says that managers should transfer initiative back to their subordinates and keep it there.

When someone on your team comes to you with a problem and you agree, consciously or otherwise, to do something about it, the monkey is now off their back and on yours.

You may say things like:

  • Don’t worry about it, I’ll take care of it (or I’ll handle it.)
  • If you have problems, just give me a call.
  • If you can’t do it I’ll figure out how to get it done.

Saying things like that indicate you may have a Monkey Management problem.

The solution? It's a three-fold delegation approach.

1. Make sure that the person you are delegating to understands how much authority and autonomy they have in completing the task. Do they need to check with you or can they use discretion to complete on their own?

2. Determine a specific date to get a check in on the status of the project. If there is no “deadline” to communicate progress, other projects will somehow become more important.

3. Never hand off a task without a complete and thorough plan of how the project or task will be accomplished. Be sure to check for knowledge, resources and time availability by the person assigned to the project.

Do this more and you'll recover more time for yourself to do the important stuff at work.

How To Start A Project Management Career

Are you wondering how to break into a Project Management?

Would you like to understand how others have successfully switched to a PM career?

Or discover what skills, certifications and domain / industry knowledge are required to excel in a PM role?

I’ve written a practical, easy-to-read guidebook that will help you find your best path to Project Management – one that leverages your unique skills, experiences and career background to your advantage.

Click here to find out more.

Final Thoughts

I hope you all have a great week ahead! If you have any questions, 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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