As an entrepreneur, leadership comes in various forms. One of these forms is that of a project manager. As noted in the book Fundamentals of Project Management, one should learn “…the art of managing people and the discipline of applying the necessary project processes to be successful (Heagney, 2016). As with many life occurrences, the journey begins with taking a look in the mirror. In order to be an effective leader/ project manager it is helpful to have an improved understanding of oneself and the stakeholders involved as this leads to more efficient communication and better project leadership decisions (Heagney, 2016). Once this is done one can more efficiently approach and deal with situations. Similarly, one can learn to adjust their approach to situations, people, and circumstances accordingly which ultimately leads to project efficiency. Although the ability to adjust and adapt may be a result of previous failures or mistakes, it is important to learn from these instances to help in creating a healthy team environment.
A healthy team environment leads to mutual respect and high morale in efforts to complete goals. This healthy dynamic can even lead to success in smaller tasks, including efficient and productive team meetings. Most importantly, a healthy team with high morale and clear directives leads to project completion.
There are two types of project closures, contractual and administrative. Contractual closures deal with elements such as contracts, purchase orders and most external activities. Administrative closure deals more with internal aspects such as turning over the deliverable, gathering and archiving project records, and closing all reports- including financials (Heagney, 2016). Each category has their respective reports that should be stored in a central location for safe keeping. This file should also include a project closure checklist to ensure and convey the project is truly completed.
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