…we need to invest energy to get them moving again. Remember that all projects have inertia. So, how can I invest energy back into a stalled project?
- Spend some time on “right brain” or creative activities (project management is a “left brain” activity). Today, I needed to jump-start my thinking about relocating into a new campus building next January. So, I pulled out the blueprints and started tracing the outlines of the walls. It helped me envision the future activities that would take place in the new location.
- Invite a teammate to lunch, or to share a cup of coffee. Some of our best brainstorming moments come when we leave the building and stop talking about the project. It gets us out of our “office thinking pattern” and takes us into fresh territory. The important thing to remember is to not push an agenda to discuss the project. Let that happen on its own timing.
- Accelerate the deadline. I find that most of my teammates work best under pressure. Me too. Deadlines help us move past the unimportant aspects of the project and get to the heart of the issues. (This tactic has to be used with caution. If the team knows you gave them an arbitrary deadline, you lose your credibility)
- Recast the vision. We all know that vision fades. I sometimes forget how important certain projects are to the leaders above me. When I hear them talk about how vital the project is…it motivates me to engage with fresh energy. Our teammates need that vision-casting from us as well.
What other ways do you re-energize a project? Post a comment and share with the rest of the group!
Thanks for listening.