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The Power of Leveraging Your Network as a Program Management Strategy

In the digital age, traditional ways of doing business are starting to fade into obsolescence. Conventional modalities, such as the long-established hierarchical delegations that tend to govern project management efforts, consume far too many resources and lack efficiency. Fortunately, the advent of digital communication has eliminated the barriers of distance and enabled the world to work together instantly – from anywhere. The ability to collaborate internationally with nothing more than a laptop means you can leverage your network and create a team of niche experts who can effectively work together on a project without the need for bureaucratic oversight. This agile team construction means jobs are completed faster, at a higher level of quality, and on a smaller budget thanks to the largely self-sufficient and autonomous structure of network-based collaborations.

A Focus on Function

Much of the trouble with time-honored bureaucratic methods of project management exist within the inherent need for structural oversight. When managers delegate and create a team, it’s essential that they manage and maintain the structure and hierarchy of that team in order for the project to succeed. However, teams created by way of leveraging an existing network are, by their very nature, self-governed and lack a need for artificial structuring. This eliminates the need for any structural focus and allows you to apply nearly all of your resources to functional, productive tasks.

Leveraging your network in the digital age enables you to create lean teams capable of producing high-quality work and utilize your newly acquired agility to fuel efficient production schedules. By removing the need for structural maintenance and oversight, you have the ability and power to leverage your network in an effective way to create new and exciting projects and take your business to new heights.

Looking forward to your feedback on this blog post and to sharing knowledge with you.

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