Rite of Passage
Proper coaching means those new to the profession don’t have to undergo a trial by fire. This article explores how experienced project managers should groom young project managers. While seasoned veterans should take the initiative to get their team up to speed, new members must be willing to learn. When coaching team members, experienced project managers need to understand what works and what doesn’t. It is essential to spend sufficient time with the new professional and to evaluate his or her skills and knowledge base. Don’t make assumptions. When delegating tasks, assign small ones first. Don’t overwhelm a new project manager. A sidebar listing five ways to calm a panicked team accompanies this article. Two tips on coaching are also included.