Coaching and Mentoring Support
Do you have an important project underway that is causing you some concern?
Are you looking for some assurance that a critical project is headed in the right direction? Are
some of your key project personnel “going under”? Organizations today simply try to tackle too many projects with
project managers and project teams who have been unexpectedly thrust into their role. Many of them would benefit from the
guidance of an experienced coach.
The various coaching and mentoring services we offer effectively
addresses this situation. We work with existing project teams in evaluating their current status, existing project plans,
project management practices, communications methods, and many other aspects of their project. External reviews offer an opportunity
to get a project back on track, refocus future plans, and revitalize the project. We can also work
directly with specific project managers to facilitate a rapid skill transfer. This allows project managers to quickly reach
the next level of competency without investing in expensive, time-consuming training regimen.
Project Team Coaching
service consists of working with actual project teams working on actual projects. In situations where difficulties may have
arisen, our approach often assumes a form of what can best be referred to as a “learning intervention”. It could
take the form of an objective, external project audit, with a formal report of findings and recommendations. Or a more informal
and inclusive approach could be pursued, where we might attend a series of project team meetings while gently guiding the
team and project manager. Often, a combination of these two methods works best.
No matter what the specific
approach, our objective is the same: to provide sound advice and counsel to teams in a way that allows them to get back on
track. In other cases, the objective may simply be to assure that that team gets off to a good start. Here, we guide teams
through a variety of project initiation planning activities
Project Manager Coaching
is also a kind
of “learning intervention” process, but tailored to the needs of the individual. Our process is comprised of three
components: (1) several one-on-one interviews with a project manager to establish a basis of understanding; (2)
“shadowing” the project manager in the course of performing their role; and (3)
providing specific suggestions on improving leadership style or technical approach (short term development) as well as professional
growth (long term development).
Diagnostic surveys - project personnel
surveys - management personnel
* Group/team interviews
* One-on-one interviews (onsite)
* Direct observation
* Attendance at team meetings
* Root cause analysis
project audit (optional)
* Suggestions on project redirection
* Report of findings to management (formal or informal)
Project Assessment and Recovery
projects are costly. In today’s environment, any waste of time, money, and resources is particularly painful. Projects
that begin to veer off course cannot be allowed to languish. If any of your currently active projects are not performing
or progressing as well as expected, we can offer an objective analysis. We examine all aspects of the project situation, including
factors that are both internal and external to the project team. The result is a “health report”, accompanied
by a recommended course of action and/or path forward. We can remain involved in the recovery as long as you wish,
working with project personnel and other key stakeholders to lead the effort back onto a pathway of success.
can conduct a Potential Problem Analysis session for any project. This facilitated approach is designed to reveal
the most significant issues that threaten project success, and to develop actionable strategies to mitigate those threats.
we can conduct post-project audits for projects that have been completion. This effort will yield a meaningful set of “lessons
learned” which may be applied to future projects.
Team Building / Project Jump
today’s competitive and complex environment surely the best team wins. Many of us believe deeply, and recent research
confirms, organizations that are able to unleash the power of teams and teamwork have a definite competitive advantage. Teamwork
just doesn’t happen, it must be developed and coached. Management Solutions Group is pleased to partner with The
XLR8 Team in providing this service.
The teambuilding process utilized by The
XLR8 Team recognizes that team behavioral awareness and subsequent change must begin with the individual before
we can expect a high performance team to evolve. The DISC system (a behavioral profiling instrument) enables this understanding
of personal strengths and development needs to occur, coupled with the ability to identify and understand the strengths and
development needs of others. When done in a team setting, this individual understanding can be expanded to include these same
dynamics of the team. The result is a powerful team.
process of teambuilding begins with individual awareness which builds into team awareness. Once completed, each individual
team member and the team will better understand their GIFTS (Great Ideas For
Team Success) and have defined areas for further attention and development.
* Normally done as a one day event
* Prior to the consultation
each team member completes DISC (behavioral) Profile
* Each team member receives DISC Profile prior
to the workshop
TOOLS and METHODS:
* Personal Behavioral Profile: DISC MFS Employee/Manager
* T.E.A.M.W.O.R.K. exercise to determine team norms
* One-on-one effective communication
* Teambuilding exercises with facilitation and debriefing
* Understanding of your behavioral tendencies and how they affect others
* Identified individual
* Understanding, respect, and appreciation for the value of individual differences
and how they strengthen team effectiveness
* Enhanced effectiveness in getting results by improving
your relationship with others as well as better utilization of individual
and team GIFTS
* Specific, agreed-upon strategies for working together as a team in the future
(Optional: Individual development plan packets; plan development coaching)
If you believe that you (or your organization) could benefit from
teambuilding support, then please contact us