“I’m in over my head.”
“I’ve had no support since lockdown started. None. At. All.”
“I’m managing a massive project that’s due to be delivered soon. My milestones are critical, and I can’t afford to get this wrong in any way.”
“I need someone objective to bounce ideas off of.”
“Everything feels chaotic, and my success in managing stakeholders has deteriorated overnight.”
“I really need someone to run things by when they go wrong. Which at the moment, is daily!”
“I didn’t appreciate how much of a difference not seeing people face-to-face would make to my work.”
“Communication has been a struggle, and it turns out no one is clear on what they’re supposed to do.”
These are just some of the comments I’ve heard from Project Managers since the start of the pandemic.
Working from home 5 days a week for an extended period of time has taken its toll on all involved and ultimately, on the end results. This means that the quality of projects is missing the mark, and achieving completion on time and within budget is becoming a rarity as opposed to a certainty.
Reading between the lines, what Project Managers have really struggled with these past few months is the lack of support.
Granted, no one foresaw the pandemic, and there is no rulebook.
But the Project Managers I’ve spoken to feel they’ve been left in the lurch in what are unprecedented circumstances, to come to terms with everything on their own.
It’s not that they are inexperienced; quite the opposite. They are seasoned professionals who have managed and delivered more than their fair share of projects and programmes in various industries in the past.
What’s different is that where previously, they and their stakeholders worked from home one or two days a week, doing so has been a constant feature since lockdown restrictions were announced in March.
And until the coronavirus is under control, it looks like movement will remain restricted in one form or another. One thing is for sure, there will not be a return to offices en masse for quite some time. How long that is? Nobody knows…
…so while Project Managers and all the people they need to provide input and contributions to projects work from home for the foreseeable future, it’s important to acknowledge that:
The shift to working remotely for the foreseeable future has had – and will have – an impact on their working dynamic and ultimately, how they perform.
This previous blog post examines why your Project Managers are struggling during this pandemic, and goes into more detail about exactly how that shows up and the effect it has on project outcomes and results.
Essentially, some of the signs include tension in the Project team that didn’t exist before, communication just doesn’t seem to run smoothly.
And crucially? Delivery timelines and milestones have been missed.
These observations and the feedback I’ve had from Project Managers are why I created a Remote Mentoring Service for Project Managers.
What Is It?
My Remote Mentoring Service is a one-to-one, individualised service that helps Project Managers address the complexities that arise from the fact that they, their Project Team and stakeholders are working from home for the foreseeable future.
Those unintended consequences of working remotely take their toll on team morale and their ability to deliver. The Remote Mentoring Service provides crucial support and the opportunity for such consequences to be addressed in real-time.
Who is It For?
The Remote Mentoring Service is for experienced Project Managers who are busier than ever!
However as they navigate the murky world of remote work, they need support to ensure they continue to work effectively and efficiently.
How Will You Benefit?
You’ll get 5 things from my Remote Mentoring Service:
- Crucial support.
- An experienced and objective sounding board.
- A place to seek counsel.
- A safe space to discuss the issues you are experiencing while managing your project(s).
- Recommendations on how to resolve these issues and tackle roadblocks.
What Support Will You Get?
Each week we’ll review specific issues and challenges you highlight in detail.
As well as being a safe place to discuss them I’ll work with you to address each one, so you can feel better equipped to do what you do.
How Does It Work?
This blog post explains how my Remote Mentoring Service for Project Managers works but essentially, there are 4 weekly sessions.
Each one lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.
How Much Does It Cost?
The service costs £2,500 + VAT for 4 weeks.
Can I Have More Than 4 Sessions?
If you wish to continue getting support after the initial period, you can!
Each additional session costs £500.
How Can I Book?
Send me a message with your details and I’ll book you in!