Project Management Institute

Turn liabilities into assets

Project sponsors play several key roles in realizing projects. In addition to generating executive support for projects and providing teams with the resources they require to realize projects, they assess the performance of individuals and teams to measure team motivation and predict responses to stress. This article looks at the ways that project sponsors address the variety of communication challenges that can inhibit a project team's ability to perform proficiently. The executives featured in this article discuss the more commonly known personality assessment tools and 360º competency reviews that can help project team members and project managers better understand the differing communication styles and requirements of their fellow team members. These executives additionally outline their ideas for constructively applying the knowledge gained from assessments and reviews to improve individual performance and build highly effective project teams.
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