You might be a naughty Project Manager!

NaughtyIn celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving, last week’s article provided a list of what a project manager might wish to count among their blessings.

With Christmas just over two months away, I’d like to know what you might expect to receive from your project team members for the holidays.

Have you been naughty or nice to them?

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy , here are fifteen simple tests to help you decide!

  1. If Marvel Comics wants you to audition for the role of the Hulk in their next movie, you might be a naughty PM!
  2. If you consume more of your team’s time in updating you on the status of their work instead of completing their work, you might be a naughty PM!
  3. If team members bring issues and decisions to your attention and you ignore them, you might be a naughty PM!
  4. If you frequently quote Jack Nicholson from A Few Good Men (“You can’t handle the truth!“) to your team members, you might be a naughty PM!
  5. If you never ask “Why?”, you might be a naughty PM!
  6. If your main inspiration for team building was the movie Saw, you might be a naughty PM!
  7. If you never say “No”, you might be a naughty PM!
  8. If you make schedule commitments without the involvement or support of your team members, you might be a naughty PM!
  9. If you never recognize your team members’ effort and achievements, you might be a naughty PM!
  10. If you take a one-size fits all approach to project management, you might be a naughty PM!
  11. If your sponsor has started referring to you as a sycophantic remora, you might be a naughty PM!
  12. If your doctor has prescribed a pain killer for chronic finger pointing, you might be a naughty PM!
  13. If your response to team conflict is to emulate an ostrich, you might be a naughty PM!
  14. If you don’t let their people managers know when you’ll be using more of your team members’ time, you might be a naughty PM!
  15. If you created a schedule when planning the project but never shared it or updated it afterwards, you might be a naughty PM!

On a positive note, if you happen to commit most of these sins, you probably won’t need to worry about keeping warm this winter as you could just burn the large volume of coal that will likely be placed in your Christmas stocking!

 

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