Beyond PMO Consulting

"welcome to my personal blog," Ammar W Mango

  • about me

    Organizational Project Management Consultant, using profession as a platform for learning beyond just work. My passion is learning more about self, people, universe, and God.
    I am into Religion, Meditation, Yoga, and Tai Chi. I love learning about human behavior and motivation.
    I am a gourmand who loves healthy food and following latest research into health and natural healing and remedies. I jog and swim whenever I get a chance.
    Please write and tell me about yourself
    Welcome to my blog
    Ammar

  • New!

    PMPNOW Download Link

    Download my new Mobile App PMPNOW! FREE

Tips for better human relations and team building on projects

Posted by Ammar Mango on November 4, 2012

I learn a lot from my team. Especially when I take the time to listen.  I should listen more to them and I am sure if I do I will learn more.  Here are examples of creative ideas and inspirations I have gotten from my team members, present and past.  All of them focus on motivating and managing stakeholders and building team spirit.

First tip is to celebrate successes, even small ones with the client.  This is very helpful to build teams that extend beyond company boundaries to include subcontractors, suppliers, and clients alike.

Second tip is to call for impromptu meetings with the team to discuss an emerging issue, a new idea, an opportunity etc, especially an idea form another team member.  Make it a short meeting, preferably standing, and get input from everybody.  It allows team members to interact and feel empowered to participate in improvements.

A third tip is to go out to lunch or other activities off the company premises.  This can be going bowling, playing basketball, gokarting, etc.  It helps the team interact outside the limits of work roles and pressures.

This fourth trick comes from my ex boss.  He used to to share with us, and encourage us to share personal photos.  So we have lunch together once a week and each week one of us would share family and personal photos with the rest of the team in an informal manner.  The idea was very useful and fun at the same time, especially that the team members came from different countries and cultures and sharing the personal photos gave the rest an idea about a different culture and customs.  It was an excellent team building exercise.

One last trick I would like to mention is creating the “Project Book.” This is before everything turned electronic.  I learned this from one of my ex project managers.  She used to use the project book as you would use a family photo album.  She would include excerpts and headlines from emails, memos, issues, opportunities, successes, plans, etc from the project and put them in a big binder in a timeline order.  She would even include photos, things, ribbons, cuts of paper, drawing and doodles from team members and much more.  These become great material for “show and tell” to management, team members, and help sell the project, the team, and the successes from the project.  It also builds team spirit.

If you have a nice idea for team building please share it with us here.

Advertisements

One Response to “Tips for better human relations and team building on projects”

  1. SutoCom said

    Reblogged this on Sutoprise Avenue, A SutoCom Source.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: