Neil Schulman

Presentation: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers in Government & Industry

Abstract:  It has been over 30 years since Stephen Covey wrote the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

We will explore the following 7 Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers, especially how they apply in the built environment.

  1. Be Proactive. There are three types of project managers. PMs that make things happen, watch things happen, and wonder what happened. To be effective, one needs to make things happen. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem! Assume nothing. Keep your eye on the ball.
  2. Begin With the End in Mind. What is your project goal? Build the project that you are managing in your head. Can you envision a completed project from the drawings?
  3. Put First Things First. Prioritize. Use the “80/20 Formula”. Focus on urgent and important time-related events. There are no 26 hour-days!
  4. Think Win/Win. For a long-term relationship, it is crucial that each professional think win/win. Delegation can free you up for your most valuable single role: Thinking.
  5. Seek to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Active listening is a lost art. Even when people are silent, that doesn’t mean they are really listening.
  6. Synergize. You can do more as a team than you can as an individual. It means that 1 + 1 = 3. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  7. Sharpen the Saw. Keep learning. The sharper saw will beat the competition. Learn, commit, and do.

If you incorporate these 7 habits into your world, you’ll improve your journey.
What habits, or practices, do you have that make you a highly effective project manager?
Take project ownership, and have a “can-do” attitude.
Thank you for your time

PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership

Biography:  Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland (UMD), Project Management Center for Excellence 

Mr. Schulman is a seasoned manager with over 40 year’s experience in the construction industry.  His activities have included extensive field operations and project management experience on numerous major commercial, institutional, healthcare, educational, hospitality, mixed-use, residential, office/corporate, public assembly, sports, transportation, and government construction projects in the Mid-Atlantic area since 1975, and prior to that in New York City.

The general contracting, construction management, design/build, and real estate development projects typically ranged in size from $5 million to over $100 million. He has diverse project experience and background with contractors, developers, owners, architects, engineers, and consultants in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Schulman has a track record of satisfying clients and delivering project results on schedule and within budget.  Mr. Schulman previously worked for several general contractors and owners and is currently a construction consultant.

Mr. Schulman currently teaches three construction management related courses in the graduate civil engineering department at UMD.