Overcoming challenges

Some challenges that one may encounter during work are:

  • Ethical dilemmas.
  • Conflicting incentives.
  • Insufficient resources (time, money, expertise).
  • Incomplete or inaccurate information.
  • Low morale and interpersonal issues, or other emotional problems (with teammates or the team as a whole).
  • Cultural or work style conflicts.
  • Changing demands.
  • Inability to accomplish a task or meet expectations.

Possible ways of solving such challenges are:

  • Gathering data to decide what to do.
  • Leveraging the support and expertise of people around you.
  • Discussing and setting team priorities.
  • Understanding the emotions of those around you.
  • Thinking about what the “right” thing to do is (based on ethics, what’s best for the customer, etc).
  • Breaking down the situation, focusing on what you know, and understanding more about what you know.
  • Mitigating risk.
  • Being honest and straightforward.
  • Solving the problem creatively or thinking outside the box.
  • Compromising.
  • Balancing short-term and long-term tradeoffs.
  • Managing the expectations of coworkers and customers.


Credit for above goes to: Gayle McDowell in ‘Cracking the PM Interview’