Paper pushers & process police

Negative stereotypes for project professionals hurt their reputation, discourage team-building,and undermine authority. This article identifies three project manager stereotypes and provides resolutions. The first stereotype explored is that project managers are obsessed with reports. To dispel this myth, project managers should work with their organization to see if it's possible to minimize the volume of project documentation. The second stereotype--project managers are control freaks--is discussed. To dismiss the perception, project managers should adopt a "servant leader" approach and work to protect team members. The third stereotype explores whether project managers do everything by the book. To alter this perception, project managers need to open themselves up to new ideas. Accompanying the article are two sidebars: The first one examines the stereotypes of stakeholders; the second notes how organizations can change to put to rest any misconceptions regarding their project managers.
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