If there is anything I have learned as a project manager, it's that connecting with and caring for your team matters the most. When it comes down to deadlines and difficult conversations, having the relationship to handle them with ease just makes project life easier on everyone. It's not always easy to make those connections, and people don't always understand your worth. That's okay as long as you understand your role and fill it appropriately—in good times and bad. Read more
When I look down at my To Do list some days, I notice that maybe a third to a half of my actual assignments are someone else's. I find it sort of funny to think, "have I become that person who? AM I A PAIN?"
It's okay, I've gotten over those feelings, but it hasn't been without some experience to find out that following up with people and holding them accountable for their own work is part of the job in project management.