Guide to Project Design | Overview
The AdCap Project Designer is your opportunity to create a project that inspires and achieves positive health and wellness changes in your school or community. Using the Designer will help you transform your vision into an actual plan for potential investors and mentors to support. Completing the tiles in the Project Designer will empower you to pioneer your project and succeed! Each tile will help spark your BIG idea to become an inspiring and empowering reality.
Successfully completing the Project Designer tiles will highlight your knowledge of three key elements to any successful project – Knowledge of Self, Project Planning, and Getting Support.
Revisit, Review, Revise
You can hop between tiles and change information as your Project Design starts to unfold. There might be a great idea in a specific tile that inspires you to go back and improve others!
Once you complete every tile, you’ll be ready to submit your project for approval. Before you do that, review it to see if there are any changes or improvements that can be made. It might also be a great opportunity to get a parent, teacher or friend to review it with you to see if it makes sense!
Guide to Project Design | Knowledge of Self
The most successful projects often depend on how well the project planner knows themselves. What are your passions, inspirations and expectations? What gives you a feeling of accomplishment? What kind of leader are you? Being able to leverage your strengths will not only help you focus your attention where it is best suited, but also empower you to compliment your skills with supporters that have different skills to offer.
Guide to Project Design | Project Planning
Creating a plan that includes key deadlines and expectations will allow you to maintain a powerful focus on your project outcomes that matter most. How will you measure the impact of your plan? What are the expectations for change? What logical steps, activities, and events are needed to move your project towards that picture you paint of the future? Potential investors want to know that they are supporting a vision that can become a reality.
Guide to Project Design | Getting Support
Support comes in many ways, shapes, and forms. How will you reach out to get what you need? Collaborating with supporters will put your Project Design in motion and allow more people to contribute toward the success of your project.
Building A Team
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What is it?
All great leaders have a well-selected team to back them up. They operate with a shared vision and sense of purpose toward success. Building and nurturing an effective team will serve you well as you lean on others to handle tasks and support your projects.
Key Considerations for Building a Team:
- Know who you are as a leader: The first team member you need to know well is yourself. How do you like to lead? What are the strengths you can share with others? What are areas that others could step in and support?
- Know your team: What are their individual and collective strengths? How do they work together? What sort of feedback and support empowers them to do their best? Knowing how your team functions can allow you to support their efforts in a positive and productive manner.
- Assign tasks and collaborative teams thoughtfully: How can you best configure your team to not only manage the defined tasks, but also the particular personalities of your group. Empower your team members by putting them where they’ll do the most positive, productive work.
- Promote clear roles and responsibilities: Your team will appreciate clear and direct roles and responsibilities. It allows your team to maintain focus and truly understand what success is.
- Provide right-sized and actionable feedback: Team members want to know if they are meeting your expectations, and want direct assistance if they aren’t. Be proactive, direct, and constructive when giving feedback.
- Reward and inspire: Your team is with you every step of the way. Their good work is important to you and should be acknowledged. Teams that are valued and respected will go the extra mile.
Why is it important?
Simply put, your team is invaluable. While you are accountable for the success of your project; you can’t be responsible for completing every task. A great team will take on responsibilities and support your efforts.
How can it help inspire you?
There will be times when you need a breakthrough, an Ah-Ha moment, or help. When a team is well-built, they can provide that extra push, that great idea, or the opportunity to celebrate the collective success of your project.