When It’s Time to Cut Your Losses
Much like the sporadic leadership in Washington today, too much disagreement, poor direction and indecision can and will make a project fail. Many project teams these days include diversity and while this is a good thing, knowing when to step up to the pump and say enough is enough takes some strong decision-making skills that may not make you very popular as the project leader.
What project leaders can learn from the continuous disagreements we see at high government levels is knowing when too much indecision is bad for the project. This makes every stakeholder unhappy and will become a trust issue if managers miss the mark on effective management.
Know when it’s time to pull your team together and take charge, even if you have to use focus groups or brainstorming sessions. Better yet, encourage your group to agree to disagree, especially when you see the project falling into the black hole of no return.
You may not be able to convince the entire team, upper management, suppliers or even clients but what you can do is enforce your leadership style with strong authority so disagreements are softened and compromise becomes reality.
Learning and utilizing some good negotiation skills will also help here, although when things are this bad, the win-win method may never work.
Have you ever been involved in a project where so many opinions and disagreements have your project at a standoff or worse, a standstill? If so, drop me a comment on what you did to pull in the reigns and get the project on track.
Let’s start a discussion on the best way to tackle these issues, some best practices and most importantly, types of leadership styles that work best when everyone seems to be in fisticuffs.