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Project Team and People Management - Part I of II

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Instructor Information: Anne Smith, P.E., M. ASCE

Course Length: 1 Hour

Purpose and Background

Are there some people you just “click” with? Are there others you tend to “conflict” with? Don’t you wish you could understand what makes everyone “tick” so you could more effectively lead your team and work easily with the stakeholders on your projects?

This two-part webinar focuses on identifying and understanding individual behavioral style preferences and how they manifest in the project environment. Tools and techniques are demonstrated and examples offered on how to improve team relationships, performance and resolve conflicts. Participants will determine their own style preferences in common day-to-day project activities, such as communication modes, gathering and analyzing information, decision-making balancing process and organization, and how to identify the style preferences of others. The understanding of style preferences is based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the development of which began in the 1930s and has continued to present day. Approximately 2 million people a year use the instrument worldwide.

A project leader or manager must consider individual team members’ behavioral style preferences in addition to their technical abilities in order to capitalize on their strengths and define the appropriate style of planning, monitoring, communication and coaching required for a successful project. These are critical skills for today’s project leaders. The technical factors may be challenging, but the “human factors” add many more levels of complexity.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Observe behaviors and identify others’ style preferences
  • Understand their own style preference and how they prefer to work with others
  • Adjust their behavior to make team members with different style preferences more comfortable
  • Coach and make assignments to team members in ways that complement the team members’ style preferences
  • Develop strategies for working with different style preferences or improve project relationships
  • Improve project team communication and cohesion

Webinar Benefits

  • Understand your own personal style preferences and how they affect your team
  • Learn how to observe behaviors to identify others’ style preferences
  • Understand what motivates others to improve their performance
  • Learn how to work with different style preferences
  • Learn how to work with similar style preferences
  • Strengthen current team relationships

Intended Audience

This webinar will benefit professionals who are responsible for or involved with a project team, whether it be a team working on an engineering, architectural, scientific, or IT project during concept, planning, design or construction phases. The benefits will also apply to internal management, marketing, IT or administrative teams.

Webinar Outline

Part I

Individual Differences and Team Performance

  • What makes us tick
  • Value of understanding individual style preferences
  • Style preferences and project leadership

How We Communicate and Direct Our Energy

  • Extraversion (E) – Introversion (I) Preference characteristics
  • Identify and understand your own preference in a project team setting
  • Understand how to build on the strengths of team member preferences
  • Understand how to watch for and coach to strengthen skills based on team member E-I preferences

How We Gather and Analyze Information

  • Sensing (S) – Intuition (N) Preference characteristics
  • Identify and understand your own preference in a project team setting
  • Understand how to build on the strengths of team member preferences
  • Understand how to watch for and coach to strengthen skills based on team member S-N preferences

How We Make Decisions  

  • Thinking (T) – Feeling (F) Preference characteristics
  • Identify and understand your own preference in a project team setting
  • Understand how to build on the strengths of team member preferences
  • Understand how to watch for and coach to strengthen skills based on team member T-F preferences

How We Balance Process and Organization in the Outer World

  • Judging (J) – Perceiving (P) Preference characteristics
  • Identify and understand your own preference in a project team setting
  • Understand how to build on the strengths of team member preferences
  • Understand how to watch for and coach to strengthen skills based on team member J-P preferences
 

Part II

How Style Preferences Affect Project Leadership Effectiveness  

Review Part 1 Assignment

  • Review pitfalls and challenges in identifying style preferences
  • Review tips for identifying style preferences

Project Planning

  • The impacts of team members’ style preferences on project planning
  • How to delegate to team members based on style preferences
  • Tools that can be used to draw the best out of each style preference for successful project planning

Project Tracking

  • How to run meetings with team members with different style preferences
  • How to follow up and monitor team members based on style preferences
  • How to meet deadlines with team members based on style preferences

Communications  

  • How to promote successful team communication by understanding style preferences
  • How to improve each style’s flexibility in communication with other styles
  • How to prevent conflicts due to style misunderstandings

Summary

  • Review of style preferences
  • Checklists of Preference Flexibility Actions
  • Action Plans
 

Assignment Between Part I and II

  • Review checklist of style characteristics
  • Review worksheet of observing behavioral preferences to identify styles
  • Identifying style preferences of current team members