The 4C's of an Ideal Project Manager

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The 4C's of an Ideal Project Manager
Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry , Director, India, Premium Member
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...Sign up

Add Extra C's: Coordination and Concentration
Foure-Joopen Helga
The four C's indicated above could perhaps be complimented by two others which are:
- Coordination, and
- Concentration in a horizontal and ...Sign up

The Ideal Project Manager is a Leader
Peruch, Management Consultant, Belgium, Member
Mr Saasthry,
I like your points, what you tell us is that a good project manager should also be a leader...
I can agree with that, because a...Sign up

Add Extra C: Cool
Leonard Stewart
I would add another C: Cool, as in cool under pressure.
A PM must respond to many pressures with aplomb and consistency... another c....Sign up

Add Extra C: Caring
Asad Ali, Manager, Pakistan, Member
Agreed, but I would add yet another C for Caring, because it is one of the most important sources for motivating the team....Sign up

Establishing an Ideal Project Team
alice fernandes
Very good points are listed but very rare to find all of these in one person. Every person has some strong areas and some weak areas.
Hence when ...Sign up

Caring / Empathy
Shankar Lakkaraju
@Asad Ali : I agree with Caring; without empathy towards "your" team nothing can be achieved. Feel that the team is...Sign up

The Ideal Project Manager
Mohamed Hisham
It becomes clear reading the above that the subject of project management includes team work, leadership and motivational factors.
All these attr...Sign up

Add Extra C: Couragious
umesh bahadur
Great. I would like to add courage in taking decisions and to stand up to criticism when things do not turn up as planned....Sign up

Frank Yost
@Asad Ali : I could not agree with you more. People are losing sight of what it means to be a true leader. What a l...Sign up

Add Extra C: Centered
Macil Eddy
What about centered as in centered on the end goal, and not the project itself.
It seems that failed projects I have studied failed in part becau...Sign up

Extra C: Cost Effectiveness
isaiah, Accountant, Kenya, Member
Cost effectiveness is also key. Cost-time tradeoffs are to be considered. For example, certain processes can be expedited at an incremental cost, but ...Sign up

Behavioural Traits for a Good Project Manager
Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India, Member
Good and useful summary of behavioural traits for a good project manager.
As such, any job needs technical / functional traits like knowledge, sk...Sign up

4 C's are Good, But Other Qualities are Needed as Well
Prof. Dr. Karl Kuhn, Project Manager, Member
I agree that these are prerequisites supporting project management excellence.
But they are not sufficient, because there is a need for some othe...Sign up

To Succeed as a Project Manager
wil son chnyamurindi, Zimbabwe, Member
Over and above all else, the PM should visualise the goal, motivate himself/herself through interim targets, stay focused and determined; not be afrai...Sign up

The 4C's of a Project Manager
Tom Smulders, Business School Marketer, Netherlands, Member
Very good points, I wish I had realized it earlier in my career. I understand now what the reason is that my company stayed too small over the years.<...Sign up

Add Extra C: Customer Oriented
Mark Song, Manager, China, Member
I would like to add another C: customer-oriented. Sometimes most PMs would like to focus on products developing and training and packaging and product...Sign up

Project Manager should be C-L-E-A-R
aurelian cojocaru
To complete the picture, there is also the CLEAR acronym for a project manager:
- Credibility - you have it or you'll never succeed!
- Leade...Sign up

Requirements for Effective Project Manager
Ioannis Chassiotis, Greece, Member
The above mentioned 4C's can equally apply to effective management & leadership in general.
And of course, project management requires qualities ...Sign up

Project Management Tools
James Kimani Mwaura, Manager, Kenya, Member
On a basic level, the project manager should also be able to use tools for project management such as Microsoft Office / Visio etc. for proper documen...Sign up

Project Manager Traits
Shadrack Ashibo Atanda
I totally agree with the above C's.. enlightening! If I had known all this earlier, then my organization would have been further!...Sign up

Project Manager and Transformational Leadership
Rannona A Rantao
I agree with the various comments on the required C's as ideal traits for a project manager.
I'd like to emphasize that the project manager as a ...Sign up

Ad Extra C: Culturally Oriented
Roller Saint Pierre
What about "culturally oriented". A PM must understand the organizational culture in which he is operating. There are multiple relationships between t...Sign up

On Extra C: Centered on Goals
Robin Lahiri
@Macil Eddy: I couldn't agree more.
In many organisations, especially where "project management" becomes a way...Sign up

Add Extra C: Candid
Mohd Alduwaihees, Strategy Consultant, Kuwait, Member
I would like to add another c (candid) telling the truth in evaluating the different stages of the project. Also candid and nice in his/her treatments...Sign up

Add Extra C: Coherent
Marco Brandimarte, Project Manager, Italy, Member
Coherence increases reliability of relationship and leadership. If a PM is coherent, it's easier for his staff to follow his guidelines: his energy is...Sign up

On: Client-oriented
Nzuza, Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Mark Song : Mark, I agree.
As a project manager, you are employed by the client to help them improve their bu...Sign up

Consider Replacing Collaborative by Cooperative
I think, instead of, collaborative, you should put cooperative, because cooperative is larger and goes beyond collaborative....Sign up

An Ideal Project Manager: Before the 4 C's
COL SUNDER LALVANI, Coach, India, Member
I would rate leadership as the most essential characteristic of an effective PM. After all the PM is accountable for delivering...Sign up

Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry , Director, India, Premium Member
Thank you to all of you, it pays really to enrich our thoughts, and experiences, I am delighted with such inputs, we can work more, thank you so much ...Sign up

On Extra C: Care / Caring
Maia de Lourdes Larrea
@Asad Ali : For Saasthry's 4 C's, the most important thing is to have behind all of these a high motivation of your...Sign up

Caring? Project Manager must be Passionate too
Bergmann, Business Consultant, Germany, Member
Talking about caring... from my point of view a projct leader must be passionately fighting for his project. Should he arrive in a project meeting wit...Sign up

4 C's of an Ideal Project Manager
Andile Ace Kwakweni, Project Manager, South Africa, Member
Just about every "additional" comment and "counter" argument that flows from the original contribution by Mr. Saasthry, curiously, unpacks and builds ...Sign up

Extra C: Coach
Alexander Weihs
I like these 4C's and would like to suggest another one: coaching for team members and executives....Sign up

The Project Manager Should Be a Good Finisher too
I agree with many of above opinions. Additionally I think that the ideal project manager should be a "finisher", in other words, a person who complete...Sign up

Culture Matters
Ana Gonzalez, Mexico, Member
@Roller Saint Pierre : I agree. Culture is another C even though is not a characteristic itself (Ed: Sign up

Add Extra C: Competent
Oscar Pinto, Project Manager, Portugal, Member
I would like to add another C. Competent: a competent leader possess in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge to deal with situations in a backgro...Sign up

Add Extra C: Consistency
Kerr, Manager, Ireland, Member
How about consistent? What I mean is that a PM must always stick to the project management process. Don't be tempted to become a hero or make deals wi...Sign up

The Human Part!
Maria Montero, Coach, Venezuela, Member
I agree with everything said here. In my short experience with project managers I have learned that most of them are very well prepared technically, b...Sign up

4C + Time, Costs and Quality
Oscar Tobar, Consultant, Guatemala, Member
I agree totally with these four fields of a PMs behavior, but supported with knowledge of the strict observations of the main controls to reach the g...Sign up

4C's are Keys to Success in Project Management
John A. Williams, Project Manager, Netherlands, Member
It's good to see that more attention is being given to the 'soft side' (relational and situational aspects) of project management.
In my experien...Sign up

On Courage
Joel Nicaragua
@Umesh Bahadur: You are totally right. What we always find in the field are questions like: "Are you sure?", "Can y...Sign up

So.... The 12 C's of a Perfect Project Manager...
Ana Lilly Sander Padilla
I was reading all of your your comments, and I thought most additional traits that were mentioned are true. So we need to have 12 C's...
1. Commu...Sign up

Combine 4 C's of an Ideal Project Manager with the 7S as a Checklist
M Johnson, Management Consultant, Australia, Member
I like this. Perhaps the 4 c's could be combined with McKinsey's 7 S's in a matrix to provide a checklist for project ma...Sign up

Using the Cs for Selecting a Project Manager
nan zeng
In my opinion, it is necessary to determine the features or competencies a PM should posess by taking intoi account the qualities of other managers an...Sign up

Caring - Passionate > Motivating
Anwar Saleem
@Bergmann: caring here doesn't mean pampering, caring here stands for motivating. When a leader is on the way of mo...Sign up

Extra C: Conscientious
Reshma Sreedharan, Teacher, India, Member
The 4 C's mentioned are the core of being a successful project manager.
But conscientiousness is also an important trait needed in managers as it...Sign up

Technically Prepared - Skilled
Anwar Saleem
@Maria Lairet: I agree, being technically prepared or being competent is a must, but competency is only one-third o...Sign up

More Project Manager Traits...
Dilip Khanal, CEO, Nepal, Member
It seems that we are stuck with Cs as Shaastri initiated the discussion. I think being conversant with project management tools, strong monitoring, le...Sign up

Caring & Passionate
Bergmann, Business Consultant, Germany, Member
@Anwar Saleem:
Yes, your are right. I agree with this meaning of 'caring' emotionality, passionately and in le...Sign up

Essential Traits in the Form of 12 Cs
@Ana Lilly Sander Padilla:
I think you summarized the discussion well in the form of 12 Cs. Each and every rea...Sign up

4 C's in Practice?
Heather Jones
The C's sound good in theory, but how do they actually work in practice......Sign up

Creating Team Spirit
V SHRIDHAR, Consultant, India, Member
The 4Cs are definitely the most important qualities.
I believe also Caring & Cool are equally important.
I wish to add "team spirit " to the...Sign up

Managing Customer's Change Requests
Paolo Mazzoni, Consulente di Organizzazione, Italy, Member
All interesting and valid opinions. In my experience I think one of the most valuable is the PM's ability to manage the continuous customer's attempts...Sign up

Catalyzation ~ Caring
I would like to add Catalyzation which is very near to motivation process.
I believe it's more powerful than "caring".
Mahmoud...Sign up

Add Extra C: Concluding
Sam Oum, Director, Cambodia, Member
Concluding is also one of the most important C's for project management...

Ed: thanks Sam, nice suggestion. Can we say Concluding is already ...Sign up

Extra C: Current
John Moses, Manager, Nigeria, Member
In my own opinion, the list is ending. Apart from being communicative, collaborative, committed and creative, a project manager should be CURRENT with...Sign up

Thanks for This Nice Discussion
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Thanks Mr. Saasthry for the 4C's and all other contributing members for the Additional 8 C's (or even more). In my ...Sign up

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