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.
Communicating With Your Team
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What is it?
Great leaders communicate effectively to share the path to success and how team members can achieve. They utilize various means of communication to define, clarify, support and inspire activities.
Key Considerations for Communicating with a Team:
- Build a positive and respectful conversation grounded in achieving outcomes: Great leaders find the right balance between respecting their team members and making sure they work to their potential. This develops from being proactive in setting expectations and supporting team members with constructive, yet positive feedback and reinforcement.
- Take time to explain and welcome opportunities for team members to seek feedback and offer insights: In a world of competing priorities, it never hurts to re-state purpose and expectations while allowing your team to come to you to seek further clarification. This shows that they want to do the best work for your project. There will also be times that they will have keen insight that could help propel the project further. Being open to their ideas could be just the thing to inspire an Ah-Ha moment!
- Provide actionable and constructive feedback: The hardest conversations are those where a leader has to inspire a team member to do more, better, faster. In cases like this, it’s helpful to be direct and give the team member specific steps that are attainable.
Why is it important?
Supporters have joined your team because they want you and the project to succeed. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. Providing clear and meaningful communication to team members helps them contribute to something they believe in.
How can it help inspire you?
There is something empowering about a well-run team that understands the clear expectations and moves forward together. Communication is the tool to achieve that success.