Guide & Support
I have been mentoring project managers through the PMI Mile Hi Chapter for one and a half years. My involvement in this program inspired me to establish a mastermind group and offer more in-depth coaching sessions. The former functions as a peer-to-peer advisory group where the members give each other advice and hold each other accountable. In the coaching sessions, I tailor the discussions to my client’s needs and goals. In both scenarios, the participants acquire insight, knowledge, and new skills necessary to achieve their goals and be successful.
A PM fills several roles during the completion of a project, yet the role of integration is the most important. It falls on the PM to explain the project to and integrate it with people who are outside of the project team, including those who aren’t part of the organization. This is why great PMs not only have high technical skills but also high interpersonal skills. Technical skills are relatively easy to acquire through education, training, and job experience. Interpersonal skills – leadership, communication, negotiation, mental flexibility, and problem-solving – require a different, individualized approach to teaching that a coach can provide.
As a coach, I focus on building character over building competencies. I push my mentees to accept different tasks and responsibilities that will draw out their strengths. I help them overcome personal barriers keeping them from realizing their full potential. Along the way, I model and share advice on how to work effectively with the rest of the team.