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HGD Project Management: Remaining Calm Under Pressure

Many times, the most stressful part about managing projects is not the project itself, but instead, the personalities supporting our projects. As a result, it's important for Project Managers to distinguish the difference between critical project taskers from 'stressful' stakeholder personalities versus non-critical project taskers from 'stressful' stakeholder personalities. Under high pressure, both scenarios can look the same and can both influence a knee jerk reaction, resulting in a frantic high-commotion project team wildfire. Project Managers are faced with the complex responsibility of managing teams of other professionals, Subject Matter Experts and peers, who many times are not direct supervisory reports. In addition, the Project Manager has the privilege of being the primary point of contact for clients and is usually one of the first lines of defense that companies and leadership teams lean on to resolve complex conflicts within a project or program. Practicing and training your Project Managers (PM) to remain calm under pressure, allows the PM to discern when and how to react under dynamic situations. This valuable asset also helps to set a precedence for how your project teams engage with one another and most of all, will help to preserve your PMs' sanity. Keep Calm.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford

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