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#1 or@nge

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 08:59 AM

below is my project

as a project manager of a company how and what can/should i do:

a)improve my team members morale(teammate afried of afternoon team meeting,start keeping on 430pm.)

b)hard to communicate with team members (the average age of them are 46 and i am too young for them only 30.)they think they are old and pro enough no need help form me.some of them working nearly 20years for the company .


help me..urgen.......post it here or can sent a mail to me

(Moderator edit: removed E-mail address to avoid spambot harvesting. jgweed)

thank for your help...

Edited by jgweed, 14 June 2005 - 09:10 AM.


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Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:20 AM

Even though I'm only 16 I would recommend that to improve team members morale. I would encourage them more and make it sound like that they are doing a great job. When you work for a company sometimes employees like to hear that they are doing a good job.

But remember I'm only 16, and I'm trying to get a job still.

Edited by yanowhiz, 14 June 2005 - 09:20 AM.


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Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:23 AM

Hi or@nge,

As far as improving morale... You need to give us more information about what is going on with your group. Why do you think morale may be bad? What is being said about management/company? Working that problem requires a knowledge of what the enviroment is.

As a blanket morale booster, food never hurts. :thumbsup: Lunch! Also, I would listen to your people.

The second thing, you are the project manager and therefore should be an overseer of things going on. Even though you may view things as hands off because your people know what they are doing, distancing yourself from the group may cause you to be viewed as a weak leader. Moderate your contact... you pay them to do a job... allow them to do it, but don't be an absent player.

My 2 cents...

Rigel

Edited by rigelslight, 14 June 2005 - 09:24 AM.

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:29 AM

Even in a company climate that fosters team work, it can be difficult to get a team to function in a collective and co-operative spirit. As a IT project manager, I have found that finding and praising each member's unique strengths a good way to emphasize that the team is stronger than each member just because each member brings unique perspectives and strengths into a project.
As a project manager, your main goal must be to organize all the project's activities, monitor its progress, and shuffle resources to critical areas if needed. To do that, you have to build an atmosphere where asking for help and support if one member has a problem is met with affirmative responses. Project communication can be a simple as a quick "how is it going today" to a formalised approach with members updating Project software.
Most Project Managers are not specialist (for example I never code, and only know enough Cobal to understand what programmers need and how they need it), and a good thing is to make sure the other members of the team understand that. Sometimes you have to be a cheerleader, always a source of information, and always ready to listen carefully to what is being said (and not said) at meetings.
That a member is afraid of attending a meeting seems to indicate that the whole concept of teamwork has been supplanted by a climate of fear and finger-pointing that will make any sort of co-operation difficult to achieve. It will be your primary task to change that.
As the leader of the team, you have to be able to lean on the other's expertise and freely admit that you can't know everything in the kind of detail older, more experienced members do, and that you look to them to help you understand whatever technical subjects you don't.
An attitude of what is important is getting the project done on schedule and on budget, and that THAT is what the team needs to discuss at a status meeting is important. Having an atmosphere of openness where members can talk through problems will go a long way towards improving morale.
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John
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