Ball Handling

 
 

March is coming to a close and that means all the excitement of the NCAA tournament is as well. While watching a few of the games, I realized the connection between the position of a Point Guard and that of a project manager or project lead. It got my mind working on how hard of a position it really is. I've been in a position where I'm leading a project and all of a sudden it doesn't feel like it's in my hands anymore. I lost control and didn't know how to get it back. I'm sure these PGs feel this from time to time. How do they get the ball into the right hands at the right time? These quick tips are no brainers, but sometimes we let our trusting nature get the best of us and that's when things spiral out of control and you end up losing.

Opportunity
Delegate the workload in the most efficient way possible. Take advantage of the talent within your team. The teammates who excel in certain areas get certain tasks, and this way you're not stuck babysitting the project...and they have the best opportunity to score!

Court Vision
Delegate the workload in the most efficient way possible. Take advantage of the talent within your team. The teammates who excel in certain areas get certain tasks, and this way you're not stuck babysitting the project...and they have the best opportunity to score!

Shot Clock
You are the baller, shot caller. Make sure you're keeping track of timelines and letting them be known to your team. Make sure they know what needs to be done by end of day, week, month. No game, or project will end well if you don't know how much time you have left to win.

Ball Handling
If one of the team members is lost, or doesn't have a clear shot at their task, make sure you're open and available. The ball needs to come back to you so you can reassess the situation and pass it back out to the right person with a better opportunity. Make sure your team member doesn't try and correct the problem with out it being brought to your attention first, especially if you're running out of time.

Much like a Point Guard, the project lead is more recognized for their ability to read their team members, delegate workload, keep track of times, and have control of the project from start to finish. Their ability to assist is of higher value than their ability to score. In the end, the whole time wins!

 
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Shazia Syed is a Human Resources professional based in Toronto. When she's not busy criticizing the crap out of your resume, she’s busy talking. And talking. And talking! Dare to get her started.