Yep, we all learn that.
What are the things that you are un-learning by being in the profession?
•Risk taking- Obviously in your personal /professional life because we are so attuned to seeing them ahead of time and getting rid of it.
•Creativity- The logic, the process, the flow, the bugs and codes can take us far away from the creative self. Try writing a piece of prose that is not related to project management and notice if you have to think. Its different from what you think tied up in your PM chair every day. And it feels nice, doesn’t it?
•Not having fun- we always wait for the right moment, that’s how we trained ourselves- the right moment to inform the team, the right timing to convey it to stakeholders, the timeline and the deadlines run us. The stress and the phones and our validation through overflowing inboxes is what fun is for us. Remember- what did you want to be when you grow up? When was the last time you tried it?
•Working like machines- We love automation. The work we just do everyday- get the coffee, look at emails, write back and forth, browse through proposals, look into excel sheets and more emails and meetings and drive back home. Have you tried to change anything in the last 15 days or ways you been in automation? Are you mindful?
•Giving up- On everything you love to get that extra pat from your boss by overworking yourself and convincing yourself that I will have more time to be happy when I have this project in my bag.
•Being numb- even when you know it’s not the right thing to do. You come back from work to flop in front of the TV and just keep your mind numb, so you can tell your brain to stop thinking of the things that comes naturally to you. We shut them up, even when we know you should pay more attention to what you want.
•Need more, need better mindset- More projects, higher budgets, more certificates, PDU’s, more authority, better team- that’s we think. Less is more- is not very aptly though out concept for project managers. Do you think what you need or do you just need more because that’s what you are unconsciously being trained to ask for?
If you are a Project Manager and think out of the box or within the box- share your thoughts please.
The point being is be true to yourself and don't get trapped into the system. Watch this TED video for some mind numbing data.
P.S. I think only in bullet points these days- scary!
If we all knew why we do what we do, the world would have been a different place. Getting to a point; any point is based on a lot of complex thinking- thinking about the goal, analyzing on how to get it, preparing for it and finally getting it done.
You cannot survive any profession unless you enjoy it and you cannot enjoy until it is something you really want to do. Your own personality should match with the requirements (read soft skill) of the job.
So, you have to know what why you are doing what you are doing. Once you are aware of that, rest is very simple.
So, how do you know if Project Management is right for you? How do you know if this is something you will like before you commit on getting the next certification and spend thousands of dollars on it? How will you know that you can rise up to the challenge and get it done?
If this is something that interests you, hold on……..more coming in the next post.
To celebrate summer and life- this month’s interview will be not in the blog but done in facebook- something we have never done before.
We are taking the interview outdoors- that is opening it up to more of you.
The interview will be spread over an entire week and be an interactive session where anyone can comment or ask questions. Each day I post the in Facebook and Ron Holohan , whom I am interviewing will reply right there.
To follow the interview, click here and feel free to come ready with your set of questions.
To know more about Ron, click here.