3 Reasons Why Your Projects Are Struggling

Adriana Girdler

MAJOR signs your project might fail and what to do about it Do you feel like you’re constantly firefighting on your project? Or grasping at …

MAJOR signs your project might fail and what to do about it

Do you feel like you’re constantly firefighting on your project?

Or grasping at straws just to keep things on track?

Even on the most complex of projects, you do NOT have to go through that. There are ways to recognize when your project is in trouble and know what to do about it.


People are critical to your project. You cannot be successful without people!

As a project manager, it can become really easy to start thinking about your project in terms of the tasks alone, and come from a very task-oriented perspective.

Tasks are important, but you can’t forget about the PEOPLE. Failing to put people first will lead to people feeling slighted or underappreciated, which ultimately harms your project.

Remember, people have feelings. Project managers need to bring in emotional intelligence and pick up on those cues.

Have the motto “PEOPLE FIRST”. Being connected to your team members will ensure that your job as a project manager doesn’t solely consist of fighting fires. If you’re connected to your team members, there will be a mutual trust and respect that enables you to see when things are going south before it gets bad.

One way to ensure you’re putting people first is to get clear on roles, responsibilities, and expectations. If you haven’t done that within your formal documentation, then you should at least have a meeting to check in with your team and clarify those expectations.

Getting everyone’s perspectives will help you understand where they’re coming from so that you can proceed successfully on your project.

More reasons your projects are struggling

If you want to identify some more key reasons that your projects are struggling, head over to my most recent video where I chat about three common reasons that projects struggle and exactly how to deal with them.

By the way, I go way more in-depth on this topic in my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project. You’ll get every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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