A good manager is hard to find

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

Good project management skills are not all that common. Some people have learned through experience, while others don't have a clue. This makes it difficult for those responsible for hiring project managers to find qualified candidates.

In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that companies almost always fail to find the right person for project management jobs—82 percent of the time, as reported by an article in the Harvard Business Journal. This is a costly problem. Not only do businesses end up losing money due to poor management decisions, but they also suffer due to high turnover.

Though troubling, this may be one of the most important facts a hiring manager can learn. After all, many businesses suffer from productivity problems and communication issues. What if the problem is simply being caused by a bad manager?

As a project manager yourself, you'll want to do whatever you can to improve your skills and help your company succeed. You'll need to demonstrate an ability to motivate teammates, make productive decisions based on good evidence and build lasting relationships with co-workers.

New Leaf Project Management offers over 200 hours of training to help you maintain and improve your project management expertise. Our free white papers and online QPM games let you learn while you earn affordable PDU credits for PMP recertification—a crucial step for advancing your career.

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