The 4C's of an Ideal Project Manager

Program and Project Management

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Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry , Director, India
To be excellent, a project manager should be: - Communicative - Communication is the artery of any project and information is the blood that should flow seamlessly. The PM has to be communicative to all levels of the organization who are involved. It is not just to be communicative, but communicate effectively the right information at the right time to all the stakeholders of a project. - Collaborative - Projects are a joint intellectual effort of many minds. The PM should lead any activity in a project and should take a collaborative approach. For example when adopting this approach, the PM is involving the client in project activities from the beginning, indirectly getting a buy-in. It becomes easier for the client to take decisions in any activity and overall it saves time in the project. - Committed - This can make or break lots of decisions and has a tremendous impact on the project, and on the relationships and trust between the PM and various other constituents. A PM, once c (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Foure-Joopen Helga

Add Extra C's: Coordination and Concentration

The four C's indicated above could perhaps be comp (...)

  Peruch, Management Consultant, Belgium

The Ideal Project Manager is a Leader

Mr Saasthry, I like your points, what you tell us (...)

  Leonard Stewart

Add Extra C: Cool

I would add another C: Cool, as in cool under pres (...)

  Asad Ali, Manager, Pakistan

Add Extra C: Caring

Agreed, but I would add yet another C for Caring, (...)

  alice fernandes

Establishing an Ideal Project Team

Very good points are listed but very rare to find (...)

  Shankar Lakkaraju

Caring / Empathy

@ : I agree with Caring; without empathy towards " (...)

  Mohamed Hisham

The Ideal Project Manager

It becomes clear reading the above that the subjec (...)

  umesh bahadur

Add Extra C: Couragious

Great. I would like to add courage in taking decis (...)

  Frank Yost


@ : I could not agree with you more. People are lo (...)

  Macil Eddy

Add Extra C: Centered

What about centered as in centered on the end goal (...)

  isaiah, Accountant, Kenya

Extra C: Cost Effectiveness

Cost effectiveness is also key. Cost-time tradeoff (...)

  Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India

Behavioural Traits for a Good Project Manager

Good and useful summary of behavioural traits for (...)

  Prof. Dr. Karl Kuhn

4 C's are Good, But Other Qualities are Needed as Well

I agree that these are prerequisites supporting pr (...)

  wil son chnyamurindi, Zimbabwe

To Succeed as a Project Manager

Over and above all else, the PM should visualise t (...)

  Tom Smulders, Business School Marketer, Netherlands

The 4C's of a Project Manager

Very good points, I wish I had realized it earlier (...)

  Mark Song, Manager, China

Add Extra C: Customer Oriented

I would like to add another C: customer-oriented. (...)

  aurelian cojocaru

Project Manager should be C-L-E-A-R

To complete the picture, there is also the CLEAR a (...)

  Ioannis Chassiotis, Greece

Requirements for Effective Project Manager

The above mentioned 4C's can equally apply to effe (...)

  James Kimani Mwaura, Manager, Kenya

Project Management Tools

On a basic level, the project manager should also (...)

  Shadrack Ashibo Atanda

Project Manager Traits

I totally agree with the above C's.. enlightening! (...)

  Rannona A Rantao

Project Manager and Transformational Leadership

I agree with the various comments on the required (...)

  Roller Saint Pierre

Ad Extra C: Culturally Oriented

What about "culturally oriented". A PM must unders (...)

  Robin Lahiri

On Extra C: Centered on Goals

@: I couldn't agree more. In many organisations, (...)

  Mohd Alduwaihees, Strategy Consultant, Kuwait

Add Extra C: Candid

I would like to add another c (candid) telling the (...)

  Marco Brandimarte, Project Manager, Italy

Add Extra C: Coherent

Coherence increases reliability of relationship an (...)


On: Client-oriented

@ : Mark, I agree. As a project manager, you are (...)


Consider Replacing Collaborative by Cooperative

I think, instead of, collaborative, you should put (...)


An Ideal Project Manager: Before the 4 C's

I would rate as the most essential characteristic (...)

  Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry , Director, India


Thank you to all of you, it pays really to enrich (...)

  Maia de Lourdes Larrea

On Extra C: Care / Caring

@ : For Saasthry's 4 C's, the most important thing (...)

  Bergmann, Business Consultant, Germany

Caring? Project Manager must be Passionate too

Talking about caring... from my point of view a pr (...)

  Andile Ace Kwakweni, Project Manager, South Africa

4 C's of an Ideal Project Manager

Just about every "additional" comment and "counter (...)

  Alexander Weihs

Extra C: Coach

I like these 4C's and would like to suggest anothe (...)


The Project Manager Should Be a Good Finisher too

I agree with many of above opinions. Additionally (...)

  Ana Gonzalez, Mexico

Culture Matters

@ : I agree. Culture is another C even though is n (...)

  Oscar Pinto, Project Manager, Portugal

Add Extra C: Competent

I would like to add another C. Competent: a compet (...)

  Kerr, Manager, Ireland

Add Extra C: Consistency

How about consistent? What I mean is that a PM mus (...)

  Maria Montero, Coach, Venezuela

The Human Part!

I agree with everything said here. In my short exp (...)

  Oscar Tobar, Consultant, Guatemala

4C + Time, Costs and Quality

I agree totally with these four fields of a PMs b (...)

  John A. Williams, Project Manager, Netherlands

4C's are Keys to Success in Project Management

It's good to see that more attention is being give (...)

  Joel Nicaragua

On Courage

@: You are totally right. What we always find in t (...)

  Ana Lilly Sander Padilla

So.... The 12 C's of a Perfect Project Manager...

I was reading all of your your comments, and I tho (...)

  M Johnson, Management Consultant, Australia

Combine 4 C's of an Ideal Project Manager with the 7S as a Checklist

I like this. Perhaps the 4 c's could be combined w (...)

  nan zeng

Using the Cs for Selecting a Project Manager

In my opinion, it is necessary to determine the fe (...)

  Anwar Saleem

Caring - Passionate > Motivating

@: caring here doesn't mean pampering, caring here (...)

  Reshma Sreedharan, Teacher, India

Extra C: Conscientious

The 4 C's mentioned are the core of being a succes (...)

  Anwar Saleem

Technically Prepared - Skilled

@: I agree, being technically prepared or being co (...)

  Dilip Khanal, CEO, Nepal

More Project Manager Traits...

It seems that we are stuck with Cs as Shaastri ini (...)

  Bergmann, Business Consultant, Germany

Caring & Passionate

@: Yes, your are right. I agree with this meaning (...)


Essential Traits in the Form of 12 Cs

@: I think you summarized the discussion well in (...)

  Heather Jones

4 C's in Practice?

The C's sound good in theory, but how do they actu (...)

  V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India

Creating Team Spirit

The 4Cs are definitely the most important qualitie (...)

  Paolo Mazzoni

Managing Customer's Change Requests

All interesting and valid opinions. In my experien (...)


Catalyzation ~ Caring

I would like to add Catalyzation which is very nea (...)

  Sam Oum, Director, Cambodia

Add Extra C: Concluding

Concluding is also one of the most important C's f (...)

  John Moses, Manager, Nigeria

Extra C: Current

In my own opinion, the list is ending. Apart from (...)

  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

Thanks for This Nice Discussion

Thanks Mr. Saasthry for the 4C's and all other con (...)

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