5 Reasons You May Need Executive Coaching

We see now more than ever that business coaches are something most CEOs don’t want to live without. Executive coaching has become increasingly popularized in recent years, as asking for help is now more commonly seen as a courageous act rather than a weak one. At EVOLVE to Lead, we believe that making the decision to undergo executive coaching is something to be proud of! It takes introspection, drive, and desire to make positive changes from the ground up and ultimately seek out a coach to achieve that change. Learn more about the common reasons that CEOs invest in executive coaching.

5 Signs It’s Time for Executive Coaching

Whether you are a current or aspiring CEO navigating big career changes, looking to invest in constant organizational development, trying to grow your emotional intelligence, improving your company’s culture, or scaling up your business, executive coaching may be the perfect next move! As with everything, change begins from within, and executive coaching is likely to positively impact your personal career, and by association, your business.

1. Navigate Big Changes

Is this your first time as an executive? Are you overwhelmed with imposter syndrome or simply wanting more insight into your new role? It’s common for uncertainties to arise when you are charting a big career move. Having someone to guide you through these processes can be a game-changer! Even experienced CEOs undergo new challenges such as expanding leadership teams, managing a board of directors for the first time, acquiring another company, or even transforming a private company to a public one. On the most basic level, your coach has seen other CEOs go through similar changes and can provide insight on what generally works and what generally doesn’t in each specific situation.

2. Invest in Constant Development

Perhaps you are more comfortable in your role as CEO and things have been going progressively well over the course of many years. At some point, however, either you, your board, or other executives on your team may begin to notice your company is not up-to-date with the latest developments in your field, environmental standards, DEIB initiatives and more–and competitors are suddenly starting to surpass you. CEOs tend to avoid fixing something if it’s not broken, but thank goodness business coaches see things differently! A CEO coach knows that constant development is necessary for you and your company to remain adaptable and evolutionary. Coaches will help you identify the right changes that need to be made in order to start shifting that stagnant energy out of your company’s way.

3. Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is recognized as one of the most important traits a CEO can have. As a CEO, you need to have a high emotional IQ to regulate your emotions and reactions, remain calm in chaotic situations, make level-headed decisions, and communicate effectively with your team. CEO coaches can help you build empathy, which will allow you to better understand your team members’ perspectives. Seeing from the perspective of others allows blind spots – those areas which CEOs may not see that others may –  to become visible. The empathy a CEO displays will be reflected in the empathy the entire organization shows to each other.

4. Improve Company Culture

When these blind spots are exposed and addressed, transparency and trust naturally start to build within your organization. Greater empathy coming from a CEO means that employees feel understood and are more willing to communicate their needs in return. This can create a beautiful feedback loop in your organization to more quickly reach the root of problems and improve overall morale. In addition, CEOs who work on their emotional intelligence and self-awareness model behavior that employees then begin to adopt. As you evolve into someone others can look up to, a culture of mentorship is fostered. While an Executive Coach will focus mainly on assisting you, it is clear that the ability for teammates to work together effectively will improve as a byproduct.

5. Grow Your Business

The need to scale up your business is one that may come back to haunt you time and time again. But with a CEO coach by your side, fear not! Executive coaches help you plan for strategic scaling, hold you accountable to meet your goals along the way, and give you the tools needed to empower employees to step up their game alongside you. When deliverables are delivered, promises kept, and goals met, scaling up will occur. Statistics show that companies who invest in coaching have increased ROI and overall stronger market performance. The results will speak for themselves.

Find Your Executive Coach at EVOLVE to Lead Today!

While we understand hiring an executive coach is NOT a magical solution to fix your company, it is definitely a step forward. At the end of the day, the CEO needs to be willing to put in the work to achieve their desired transformation. Whether you are facing changes in your career, evaluating your company’s stagnant performance, feel your emotional IQ is lacking, need to revamp your company culture, or want to scale up your business, a CEO coach may be necessary for you – both personally and professionally. At EVOLVE to Lead, we believe that actualizing one’s highest self can’t be done alone. Contact us for an executive coaching consultation today!

EVOLVE to Lead Celebrates Black Community Leaders Every Day

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It is the first week of March. As the snow melts away and the days start to get warmer with the promise of Spring, we round out the final days of a societal focus on Black History. As media attention, business dollars, and hashtags start to fade away, we want to be very clear: EVOLVE to Lead celebrates Black History, Black Present, and Black Future EVERY month. We recognize Black Excellence in Action every day, not just when the world is paying attention during the 28 days of February. We live by the framework of Reflecting, Revealing, and Reimagining to achieve fruitful transformation, whether that be in business, leadership, or Black Excellence in Action. Within our Black leadership community, embodying Excellence in Action looks like taking the time to (1) reflect on the historic and present injustices that Black folks face, (2) reveal the type of change they can be active participants in, and (3) reimagine what the world looks like when ALL Black folks can claim their power. Let’s look at some of the most progressive Black community leaders that define our past, present, and future and ask ourselves how we can continue their pioneering work.

Black Excellence in Action of the Past, Present and Future

For generations, Black Evolutionary Leaders have epitomized Excellence in Action. Harriet Tubman refused to withstand the violence of slavery, revealed the way to freedom for herself and so many others, and reimagined how Black folks could have autonomy over their lives. Rosa Parks reflected on how absurd it was to sit in the back of the bus after a hard day of work, demanded respect for her humanity, and fueled nationwide protests that reimagined laws that gave some power to those that felt powerless.

This past year, we have witnessed our nation face no other choice than to combat systemic racism head on. We have seen leaders rise up like phoenixes, simultaneously lifting up AND being lifted up by their communities. When Stacy Abrams reflected on how she lost her gubernatorial race, it was revealed that she herself had to do the job of getting a record number of Democratic voters to turn up to the elections. She made history in November. We think of Vice President Kamala Harris, who reflected on the broken system that she actively participated in that allowed so many Black folks in prison while she was Attorney General of California, revealing that she had to work within the system to fix it, and can now act on her reimagination of the future of Black folks when she became the first African American and Asian American Vice President of the United States. She made history in January.

These leaders have shaped the past and present of Black Excellence in Action. How do we follow in their footsteps as the Evolutionary Leaders who will define our future?

Black Evolutionary Leadership in Baltimore

Evolutionary Leaders have a high level of emotional intelligence and self-awareness. They realize that forward momentum is created only through the interconnectivity of their community. By reflecting, revealing, and reimagining, evolutionary leaders are willing to fail forward in pursuit of a higher vision. At EVOLVE to Lead, we believe that this is what Black Evolutionary Leadership looks like in Baltimore today:

  • A’niya Taylor, Poet and Youth Activist, is a force we should all be listening to. A’Niya is a mirror, storyteller, and accountability partner. She engages with thoughtfulness, intensity, and a clear vision of how to achieve her desired outcomes.
  • Monique Brown, Lieutenant Colonel of the Baltimore Police Department, demonstrates resilience by leading with vulnerability and excellence. She is rooted to her community by humility and empathy. Monique moves with AND for her village, listening deeply AND acting with courage every day.
  • Jonathan Moore, Founder and CEO of RowdyOrbit, knows the importance of inclusion and letting those most affected by a change by a part of that change. By empowering the collective IQ of his village to move EVERYONE forward, Jonathon seeks to be a helper — not a hero, a key quality of evolutionary leadership.
  • Iya Dammons, Founder and Executive Director of Baltimore Safe Haven, has clear integrity. Iya amplifies the voice of and protects the LGBTQ community at all costs. She is a bold maker of places and spaces for those who are too often ignored.

These are just a few Black leaders in Baltimore who are making history NOW.  Black Evolutionary Leaders should not only be at the forefront of our dialogue during Black History Month. This month and every month after that, we’re celebrating Black Evolutionary Leaders. We’re giving Black Evolutionary Leaders the acknowledgment and gratitude they deserve. We’re applauding Black Evolutionary Leaders and the work they do for the betterment of ALL of us.

How Can You Be an Evolutionary Leader?

By adopting EVOLVE to Lead’s values of Vision, Resilience, Inclusion, Integrity, and Excellence in Action, you too can become an evolutionary leader and contribute to the pursuit of equity and justice for Black folks. Begin this journey by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What was an instance in your life when you felt powerless, or that something you felt you inherently deserved was completely unattainable? Reflect on these moments to better understand where inequities lie.
  2. How can you use the collective intelligence of your community to push your vision forward? What are your strengths and what skills do you lack that others excel in? Reveal how you can tap into and learn from others to strive for change together.
  3. How are you staking your claim as a Black Leader in your community? How are you attaining the power that is rightfully yours, and helping others do the same? Reimagine what it means to fully take ownership of your power and impact as a Black Leader.
  4. If you have been invited to be an ally, how are you supporting Black Leaders?  Reimagine what it means to hold space for Black Leaders reclaiming their power.

EVOLVE to Lead Celebrates Black Leaders Always

Whether you are one of your community’s Black leaders or an ally for all Black folks, you can benefit from reflecting, revealing, and reimagining the world you want to live in–a world where Black people are fully supported, empowered, and living completely in our power. We urge you to realize that Black History is continually being shaped every day. That celebrating Black History neither starts nor ends in February. So, can we count on you to support Black Evolutionary Leaders 365 days a year?

What is Organizational Development?

With new companies forming every day, business “standards” are constantly in flux. Investing in organizational development means your organization is serious about taking a calculated approach to systematic change. Your company’s ability to manage organizational change effectively is what will keep you afloat amongst the competition. By setting goals organization-wide before beginning the development process, and realizing the many benefits your company will reap after organizational development methods are in place, you will have a better idea of why investing in large-scale development is crucial for your organization’s sustained success.

What is Organizational Development?

At EVOLVE to Lead, we approach organizational development by asking the tough questions about how your company is currently running. The process of organizational development identifies actionable steps for company-wide improvement based on analysis of employee experience and structural hierarchies within the workplace. We encourage businesses to reflect on the current state of their culture and operations, reveal equitable distributions of responsibility, and reimagine the collective journey to a shared North Star. This is the basic premise of organizational development–and it really works!

Organizational Development Goals

Before your organization takes a developmental deep dive, it is important to set goals. Goal-setting ensures your company is collectively more aware of what it is seeking. Three goals your company may have for its organizational development are to increase employee happiness or retention, to optimize your specific business systems, and to improve overall company success.

1. Increase Employee Satisfaction

Have you seen a drop in engagement and deflation in the entrepreneurial spirit of your employees? If your employees have been demonstrating a level of frustration, remember that people don’t often leave jobs, they leave supervisors and cultures. Perhaps one of your goals within organizational development is to increase your employee’s personal satisfaction in the workplace. Through cultural assessment, we pay special attention to the employee experience within an organization based on how people identify themselves, ensuring an equitable and inclusive workplace for all. Having more satisfied employees is the first step towards sustained organizational effectiveness.

2. Improve Business Systems

Are you looking to fix or implement business systems but don’t know where the crack in the pipeline is? Do you feel various business systems in your organization have an inefficient workflow or do not work well together?  It may be a goal of your organization to improve services, internal processes, or products you offer.  Through an operational assessment, we are able to zero in on which business systems must be improved within your organization to comply with ever-changing demands in your field.

3. Better Guarantee Success

However you measure success in your organization,  it is a common goal to continually optimize the road there. Whether this means redefining company values, seeing higher performance rates, increased profit margins, or greater community impact, organizational development can help you get there. After clearly defining what success looks like through strategic and annual planning, continual development can occur, which means that you’re re-strategizing and re-optimizing all the time. This is how you build and guarantee success among your competitors.

Benefits of Organizational Development

The greatest win that comes from investing in organizational development lies in raising the collective consciousness of your organization. To break that down, organizational development begins with benefitting the individual, then remodeling the relations between employees, to improve the quality and success of the entire company. The key benefits of organizational development are clear: individual growth, enriched company culture, and sharpening your competitive edge. We see now that to meet your goals and fix the whole, you must dive deep into fixing each part.

1. Individual Growth

When individual members of a team are assisted with their personal growth, they feel more supported by their employer. In turn, employees acquire a greater sense of responsibility within their organization and begin to see themselves as integral parts of a whole. Through various leadership, performance, and technical training, organizations close off skill gaps amongst their teams and work to raise the collective IQ of their organization. More skilled employees will be more adept at expressing themselves, and more resilient when external changes occur.

2. Enriched Company Culture

As you model transparent communication for employees within your organization, they become more comfortable with demonstrating leadership through effective communication. Communication is necessary for aligning everyone to the company’s shared North Star. When employees feel confident in voicing their opinions a feedback loop is opened, which generates a cycle of constant improvement, implementation, and evaluation. This newfound openness empowers employees to support each other, find better solutions, and work together more effectively.

3. Compete at a Higher Level

To stay on the cutting-edge of your rapidly changing industry, you must remain up to date with the demands of the market. The key to being a better competitor is adaptability. When your employee growth is prioritized, and your company culture becomes more collaborative, your organization becomes more agile and innovative. Through practicing organizational development you will see processes becoming more efficient, conflicts resulting in brainstorming solutions, and long-term growth at your fingertips. Your workforce begins to control the market, not the other way around!

Invest in Organizational Development with EVOLVE to Lead Today!

The success of any organization depends on the ability of all of its members, regardless of their role or position, to look towards the same North Star and march collectively in that direction. Through cultural and operational assessments, development of strategic and annual plans, and a variety of organizational trainings, EVOLVE to Lead helps identify and close the gaps that keep your organization from reaching its North Star. Are you ready to take a hard look at the current state of your culture and operations, reveal ways to equitably distribute responsibility across your organization, and reimagine what the collective journey looks like towards a shared North Star? Take the next step in your organizational development with EVOLVE to Lead today!

5 Leadership Development Goals for Managers

While it is assumed that managers have good leadership skills, this isn’t always the case. Regardless of how well folks manage their teams, their leadership skills should constantly be evolving and sharpening to meet the dynamic needs of the projects and the people that they serve. At EVOLVE to Lead, we urge managers to take a good look in the mirror and focus as much energy on their personal leadership development as on the development of their team. When team members see this investment, they will be inspired to work on their own leadership development as well. Soon enough your entire organization will run more efficiently! Check out the five leadership development goals that we believe managers should prioritize this year.

5 Leadership Development Goals for Managers

Not everyone is a natural-born leader. But as with anything, practice makes perfect, and boy do you need to put the work in when developing your leadership skills! It is integral for an organization’s growth and success to have well-developed leaders as managers. The success of managers trickles down to every level within your organization. Follow along as we detail 5 key areas you might need to revisit and start by setting one new goal in each area.  By practicing inclusive listening, improving time management, fostering a culture of coaching, embracing and adapting to change, and investing in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), you can steadily evolve to become the best leader possible.

1. Practice Inclusive Listening

Listening is more than just hearing what people have to say; it’s understanding what they are trying to say. In order to listen inclusively, you need to open yourself up to whatever the other person might have to say– the good, bad, or ugly. This can happen both mentally and physically. Pay attention to the feelings and values that are being communicated in their words. Maintain eye contact when someone is communicating with you. Use neutral body language such as facing the person who is talking. To the extent that you are comfortable, allow them to create the space between you. Pay attention to how you’re holding your hands.  Ideally, they should be cupped, with your palms facing upwards. It is crucial that you ask relevant questions throughout the conversation, to assure the speaker that you are on the same page. And if you are not on the same page, it’s perfectly okay to stop and clarify with an open-ended question. The more inclusively a manager listens, the more space is created to exchange ideas and create mutually agreed-upon solutions.

2. Improve Time Management

People don’t often recognize they are insufficiently managing their time until it’s too late. If a manager is not properly managing their time, it is likely that their team isn’t either. The art of time management is two-fold: you must focus on organizing tasks AND completing them most efficiently. When organizing tasks, keep track of deadlines and create to-do lists, ranking tasks from highest to lowest priority. Compare how long each task is taking versus how long it ideally should take to complete. Realize when you can delegate tasks, and if you are delegating to the right person. Then you can begin to identify holes in your systems and procedures to see where improvements can be made.  As a practice, only schedule 50 – 70% of your day to account for the time you actually need to work and for the unforeseen “fires” that you are required to put out.

3. Foster a Culture of Coaching

As a manager, you need to empower your team members to give 100% in order for your organization to perform at 100%. One way to encourage your team to be their best selves is to show them how much you care about their personal goals and development.  This culture of care can be built through coaching. How can you become the manager that people look up to as a coach? It is important that you have routine 1-on-1 meetings with your staff, in which you don’t focus on projects that they are working on but instead focus on their short and long-term development goals. During these sessions, listen inclusively when they voice their concerns and make sure they know your support and interest in their future is long-lasting. Being highly aware of each individual team member’s areas of strength and blindspots will only work to strengthen the collective intelligence of the whole. When team members come to you for advice, know you have built a culture of trust that makes your employees feel safe and cared for.

4. Embrace and Adapt to Change

If you as a manager are not ready to embrace change, your organization will meet that same fate. As we have seen so clearly in 2020, many circumstances are out of our control. Companies grow, change, and disappear whether or not you are willing to accept that. When big changes are forcing you to adapt and you feel some resistance in response, try to focus your energy on the positive aspects of those changes. Make it clear to everyone on your team why the changes are necessary and stay mindful of where all individual team members are on the change spectrum so that you can support them properly.  Resistance is often born from fear, so work to alleviate that in yourself first! Managers lead by example, and their behaviors are followed by all other team members. Keeping an open mind and adaptive spirit will encourage others to do the same.

5. Invest in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

DEIB is made up of more than just trendy buzzwords. It’s a commitment to creating a safe space for all employees where they feel they can be vulnerable and show up with their whole selves, at all intersections of identity and experience. Investing in DEIB in your team will broaden the breadth of perspectives that are brought to the table, sharpening and nurturing the collective intelligence of the team and pushing the outcomes of your projects further than they ever could have gone before. Committing to DEIB creates sustainable growth and will continuously push evolutionary leaders forward. Remember that safety looks and feels different to everyone!

Invest in Your Leaders with EVOLVE to Lead Today!

Creating development goals is not a one time gig. Managers should be ready to repeat the leadership development goal setting process over and over — after all, it’s all a part of being an evolutionary leader! Naming your leadership goals within the 5 areas of inclusive listening, time management, coaching, adaptability, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, will ensure that your organization thrives at all levels. Create a leadership development plan with EVOLVE to Lead today!

5 Tips to Consider When Grant Writing for Nonprofits

Does the idea of asking for funding from complete strangers overwhelm you? Have you heard about “getting grants,” but don’t know exactly where to begin? There are a plethora of funders and grantmakers who are ready and willing to provide funding to nonprofit organizations through grant-giving. While applying for and receiving grants is not an end-all-be-all development strategy, it is a great way to diversify your organization’s funding, create and grow new programming, and help complete projects you once thought were impossible. Read below for our tips to consider during the application process when grant writing for nonprofits!

5 Best Practices When Grant Writing for Nonprofits

At EVOLVE to Lead, we assist you in writing successful grant applications that will increase your reach in your community. By prioritizing storytelling and data, using clear and concise language, tailoring your application to the funder, sharing the compelling narrative of your finances, and having someone mock-review your application, you greatly increase your chances of winning the funding you need. These 5 grant writing tips will help you streamline your process, making grant writing a part of your organization’s long term financial growth.

1. Prioritize Storytelling and Data

Storytelling is a centuries-old method used to convey complex ideas in ways that everyone can relate to. We’re sure your nonprofit was founded on a strong mission — now utilize that same passion as a starting point when writing your grant proposal. Telling the story of your “why” will help grant-givers understand why they should also be passionate and invest in your mission. Create imagery in your grant proposal that paints a picture of the work you do in your community. Share actual stories of the impact your organization has made on people’s lives. And make sure to back up these stories with specific data! Statistics about your organization, your community impact, and your past successes will all help legitimize your story. Always make sure the data you use is relevant and well organized within your nonprofit grant proposal.

2. Use Clear and Concise Language

Make sure to keep your language as clear and concise as possible throughout your grant proposal. Once you have piqued the interest of your potential funder by sharing your organization’s unique story and backing up your ask with concrete data, go through and cut out all unnecessary fluff! Some ways to remain clear and concise include: writing in an active voice, utilizing recognizable words, and making your points quickly.  The more simple, realistic, and straightforward the better. Remember, funders are reading many grant applications and you don’t want them to get lost in yours and move on to the next one!

3. Tailor the Grant Application to the Funder

Trust us when we say that funders can immediately tell when someone has sent the same grant application to many grantmakers. It simply doesn’t sound genuine. Finding the appropriate funder to send your proposal to requires A LOT of research. Tailoring your application involves identifying if the grantmaker supports programming that aligns with your organization. Once you have done that research, use it to tailor your application to each grantmaker you apply to. This will allow you to find specific connection points between your organization’s mission and the funder’s mission, ask the right questions when communicating with the funder, and sound like you truly know what you’re talking about. While it does take more time and effort to tailor each application to each individual grantmaker, your hard work will be reciprocated when the funder feels that you genuinely care about receiving financial support from them specifically.

4. Share the Compelling Narrative of Your Finances

A compelling financial narrative is crucial in securing funding for your organization. A well-crafted budget proposal that is realistic, detailed, and goal-oriented will build a funder’s trust in your nonprofit organization. Make sure you align your financial narrative with the stories and data you shared in your grant application. And beyond that, ensure this proposed budget aligns with the grantmaker’s budget requirements. Be specific in detailing how you will use the money in upcoming projects, including matching funds if you have any, and the strategy you will use to achieve the funding plan in the time you intend to. Position your nonprofit as a trustworthy, sustainable organization that has the ability to follow through financially!

5. Have Someone Mock Review It

When you have labored through the research and writing process and finally think that your grant proposal is finished, STOP! Now it is time to find someone to mock review your grant proposal before sending it in. Preferably seek out an editor in a different line of work than you, who is not so familiar with your proposal. Ask your mock-reviewer to point out any words and concepts they do not understand. Do they think you have answered all the questions the grantmaker has asked you to? Have them double-check that you correctly followed all submission criteria. When you are so invested in a project, you often miss the most obvious tasks and make the simplest grammatical mistakes. New eyes on your work just before submission can do wonders for your grant proposal! If you have someone put in the work for you, make sure you are open to their suggestions and do follow through in making appropriate changes to your writing.

Write Your Next Grant with EVOLVE to Lead!

We get it! Grant writing can be intimidating! After you reflect on our 5 simple grant writing tips, you will be ready to start drafting your proposal. It is no secret that effective grant writing requires genuine effort and persistence. At EVOLVE to Lead, we have an 85% success rate in grant writing for nonprofits and we would be happy to help you tell your organization’s story in your next proposal. Remember — you will never receive financial assistance if you don’t ask for it. Tackle grant writing season with EVOLVE to Lead today!

5 Benefits of Project Management

Have you found that certain elements of your projects seem to miss their deadlines, go over budget or fall through the cracks all together? It may be time for you to bring in an outside source to help with your project management services. This will free up resources internally and create a singular point person to oversee each deliverable in the project. At EVOLVE to Lead, our project management services help teams stay on track as they navigate a project timeline and budget. We work to produce effective collaboration by ensuring that all stakeholders, regardless of where they sit in the decision-making process, are heard equally. Learn more about the benefits of project management below.

5 Benefits of Project Management

Good project management can help you get the job done, whether you are trying to satisfy the requests of senior leadership at your organization, are struggling to find a way to get your team on the same page, or need help managing risk, budget, and quality control. Continue reading below to find out five benefits of project management!

1. Enhanced Customer Satisfaction

Whenever a project manager is able to complete a project within budget, time, and scope, you can guarantee satisfaction and relief from your client. And the best part about a happy client? Exponential potential for repeat business. Project management skills are extremely valuable when used to meet or exceed expectations and allow organizations to better serve their customers. Plus, the value of project managers can be measured against the goals and objectives that were set at the start of the project, so clients can have a tangible idea of just how successful the project management was.

2. Improved Team Collaboration

To overcome messy procedures and avoid any tasks from slipping through the cracks, project managers step in and provide a North Star for all team members to align themselves to. Instilling a sense of direction and focus through task ownership, detailed deliverables, and set due dates before kicking off a project, will allow you to reduce wasteful resources and create a more efficient process. When a team doesn’t know what the clear goals of a project are, you begin to see  a lack of motivation, incomplete projects starting to pile up, and your staff ultimately working towards the wrong objectives. Defining your project goals upfront allows the entire team to optimize their workflow towards that same North Star.

3. Improved Risk Management

One of the essential roles of project management is being able to effectively execute proactive and reactive risk management. An element of the project planning should be dedicated to creating a streamlined process around the identification, management, and mitigation of risk in order to prevent potential issues from derailing the project. No project ever runs entirely according to plan, and project managers are effective at knowing the right questions to ask to reveal risks early on and deal with them appropriately. One of the many benefits of good project management is the ability to efficiently adapt a project plan while reducing the consequences of identified risks. With less risk, the team is more confident and equipped to achieve project goals on time!

4. Budget Management

One of the biggest reasons that projects suffer when they don’t have a project manager leading the way is that they go far over-budget. Between runaway costs and team members that don’t have the bandwidth to effectively manage project expenses, it makes sense that staying within budget could be a difficult feat to accomplish. The benefit of good project management is the ability to identify costs early in the project planning process in order to develop a realistic budget from the start. Through coordination of task ownership, clearly identifying goals and deliverables, and accountability during the entire process, project managers aid in establishing efficient time management, reducing the risk of going over your budget, yet again!

5. Quality Control

Utilizing project management protects the high quality of the deliverables no matter what roadblocks were faced throughout the process. Without a project manager and the support of leadership, processes are often rushed as tasks are underestimated and the schedule is continuously truncated. This can result in a project that exceeds both budget and timeline, with all stakeholders left disappointed. Successful project management ensures that the team can test the output for quality at every stage of the project. By making certain that there is enough time and resources to meet the goals and objectives, the project manager guarantees quality control of the project.

Invest in Project Management with EVOLVE to Lead Today!

Good project management is not only about creating guard rails around the budget, timeline, and scope of work. It creates a vision for a team to unite around as they do their best work to deliver high-quality output. EVOLVE to Lead has successfully implemented over 200 client projects through the IPECC method of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Invest in project management with EVOLVE to Lead today to get your projects back on track!