Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it. ― R. G. Risch
“the secret recipe” behind project success!
In conclusion, I tried to summarize these 8 key points which helped me deliver successful program and projects in my career, in other words my “recipe for project success“.
Above all, my experience has shown me that social and cultural interactions are key drivers in achieving project success in a sustainable way. Processes such as disciplined milestone management, scheduling tools, budget monitoring etc. are all significant pillars for any project, but these are tangible and predictable to a certain degree, however human behavior and psychology are intangible and are not predictable.
Then the next question comes:
How can we achieve optimum and consistent level of harmony and dedication from project team (”teamness”) during a project; in other words while working hard on a complex, tangible and exhaustive issues, how can we still be able to develop and maintain close personal relationships within the team?
I can simply state my answer in one word. The word is “respect”. Personally I always made sure that I genuinely respect the personality traits, creativity and styles of people that I was lucky enough to work with. I can only hope that this was reciprocal and my colleagues, project team members appreciated my authentic and respectful style. Numerous positive feedbacks from my colleagues and friends can only be a good sign of my humble assumption.
I can only wish that all program managers have the opportunity to get involved or lead a project at least once in their careers, where the right ingredients are mixed in right quantities to create the “perfect recipe” to deliver a successful project while the team members feel valued, proud and actually good about themselves.
Ercan Cihan who is assigned in “Global Business Management Consultants” GBMC Turkey office has extensive experience in project & program management for around 20 years. He started his career as Project Engineer in company Hidropak. which is involved in Power Hydraulic industry. He worked in Metal Packaging industry as chief of production in company Memsan Mauser. Afterwards, Mr. Cihan was respectively assigned Prototype Project & Planning engineer at Ford Turkey plant, Jaguar & Land Rover Project Manager in Stamping Tooling business and Program Manager for all Stamping Tooling projects in Global Ford programs.
Summary of Mr. Cihan’s success areas during his project & program management career:
· Responsible for all aspects of strategy, project planning, execution and financial health. Managing multiple projects, building project team and making strategic sourcing decisions & vendor selection
· Good organizational and interpersonal skills. Supervise Turkish and Foreign manufacturing teams in Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Korea and China.
· Business development, technical sales & marketing and key account management applications
· Strong verbal and written communications skills. Manage people including company and contractor staff in/out side of Turkey.
· Conflict management in individual & organizational level for large projects, benchmark and business integration studies
Mr. Cihan graduated from Technical University of Istanbul (ITU) with a BS and MSc in Mechanical Engineering.
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