The 4C's of an Ideal Project Manager

Program and Project Management

Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry
Director, India

The 4C's of an Ideal Project Manager

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 committed to a deliverable or a milestone, can never go back. By sticking to a commitment he builds relationship and trust.
- Creative - Customers are quenched with creative meaningful ideas that help them to meet the business or competitive market needs. The PM should be in the forefront with creativity in dealing with client’s problems or requirements. Also, he should be creative in leading the team. Problems do creep in a project, but the PM should be creative with array of new ideas to deal with them.

  Foure-Joopen Helga, France

Add Extra C's: Coordination and Concentration

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

Management Consultant, Belgium

The Ideal Project Manager is a Leader

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

  Leonard Stewart, United States

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, Kuwait

Establishing an Ideal Project Team

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

  Shankar Lakkaraju, India

Caring / Empathy

@Asad Ali : I agree with Caring; without empathy t...

  Mohamed Hisham, Sri Lanka

The Ideal Project Manager

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

  umesh bahadur, India

Add Extra C: Couragious

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

  Frank Yost, United States


@Asad Ali : I could not agree with you more. Peopl...

  Macil Eddy, United States

Add Extra C: Centered

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

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, Azerbaijan

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

I agree that these are prerequisites supporting pr...

  wil son chnyamurindi

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, Romania

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, Kenya

Project Manager Traits

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

  Rannona A Rantao, South Africa

Project Manager and Transformational Leadership

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

  Roller Saint Pierre, Haiti

Ad Extra C: Culturally Oriented

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

  Robin Lahiri, United Kingdom

On Extra C: Centered on Goals

@Macil Eddy: I couldn't agree more. In many organ...

  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...

  Nzuza, South Africa

On: Client-oriented

@Mark Song : Mark, I agree. As a project manager,...

  francisco, Brazil

Consider Replacing Collaborative by Cooperative

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

Coach, India

An Ideal Project Manager: Before the 4 C's

I would rate leadership as the most essential char...

  Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry
Director, India


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

  Maia de Lourdes Larrea, Ecuador

On Extra C: Care / Caring

@Asad Ali : For Saasthry's 4 C's, the most importa...

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, Germany

Extra C: Coach

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

  Alberto, Spain

The Project Manager Should Be a Good Finisher too

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

  Ana Gonzalez

Culture Matters

@Roller Saint Pierre : I agree. Culture is another...

  Oscar Pinto
Project Manager, Portugal

Add Extra C: Competent

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

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 PM´s 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, Nicaragua

On Courage

@Umesh Bahadur: You are totally right. What we alw...

  Ana Lilly Sander Padilla, Mexico

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, China

Using the Cs for Selecting a Project Manager

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

  Anwar Saleem, Pakistan

Caring - Passionate > Motivating

@Bergmann: caring here doesn't mean pampering, car...

  Reshma Sreedharan
Teacher, India

Extra C: Conscientious

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

  Anwar Saleem, Pakistan

Technically Prepared - Skilled

@Maria Lairet: I agree, being technically prepared...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal

More Project Manager Traits...

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

Business Consultant, Germany

Caring & Passionate

@Anwar Saleem: Yes, your are right. I agree with ...

  bhusan, India

Essential Traits in the Form of 12 Cs

@Ana Lilly Sander Padilla: I think you summarized...

  Heather Jones, New Zealand

4 C's in Practice?

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

Consultant, India

Creating Team Spirit

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

  Paolo Mazzoni, Italy

Managing Customer's Change Requests

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

  Mahmoud, Saudi Arabia

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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