A megaproject is a high value, complex, interdependent, multi-organizational undertaking that creates a game changing difference in the landscape of chemical processing. The bonds that are formed, the lessons that are learned and the impact that is felt spans careers, industries and businesses. There is nothing more exciting.
Game changing mega projects are usually based upon some new process development that enables the cost optimization, capacity increase, or yield improvement on some needed chemical product. Feedstock changes, energy efficiency or new production routes are usually the chemical engineering technology behind a mega project.
A high performing megaproject team is built on excellence, confidence and passion. All team members must be comfortable with knowing that all members know how to execute as a team and not just as a group of people. Like a great shortstop and second baseman effortlessly turning double plays, each member of a high performance team knows that when they toss the ball their teammate will be there or as the member on the receiving end of the toss, they can make the play.
It is critical on a megaproject that the team dynamics are of support and continual improvement. Tasks are organized and decisions are made with the data that is available. Everyone can be everywhere. No single force of will can overcome the size of a megaproject. There is always a positive build of solutions from the ever present “can do” attitude. Needs are anticipated. Plans are built, but the act of planning is the important effort, not the plan itself. Goals are clear and the pathway forward may have multiple choices. The team is continually adjusting upward to become more effective, efficient and enjoyable.
Megaprojects require leadership to be embodied in every leader. Leadership comes from the team, but there is a clear single point of accountability on “the” leader. The agenda is transparent and the good of the effort and success of the team is the focus. The individual success is measured more in how many “assists” versus how many “goals”. Megaprojects are made for high performance teams. Many complex interdependencies are required to be executed with the excellence that a high performance team demands.
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