This month’s quick question is about how to position yourself internally so you can get opportunities to run big, better, more strategically important projects.
- Make sure you are clear on what ‘better’ means to you.
- Make sure people know you want to take on different projects. Let your manager and PMO know you feel ready. Ask them what you have to do to be considered for those projects.
- Build your network: get some influential friends and supporters, maybe an internal mentor if you don’t already have one. They can champion you, say nice things and help convince others you are ready to take on new projects.
- Be realistic about your skills – what are you ready for? It’s a big (and unrealistic) jump to go from small projects to a multi-million dollar deal.
- Do your current projects really well so you can easily hand them off to someone else or demonstrate you have capacity to pick up a good project when the opportunity arises.
- Position yourself as an expert by subtly promoting your successes, taking time to contribute to industry/company press, saying yes to public speaking etc.
- Be known as someone who gets things done and completes projects. Celebrate success with your team. Be known for creating a positive culture on your projects so that people want to work with you.