Oh, no! Not another project!
Even when every process is set up to support projects and project teams, the project lead is still caught between “bottom line” folks and “let’s have it do everything” folks. It takes a lot of skill, self confidence, and courage to lead projects.
Leading projects is the loneliest position in a company.
Who does the project lead turn to? If there are other project managers, you don’t want them to think you’re stupid.
So you don’t discuss the prickliest problems you face. In most companies, there’s a subtle – or not – competition set up between project leaders. Maybe your bonus depends on beating other projects to the market. Or maybe it depends on beating your own proposed schedule by a larger margin than other project leads do. You don’t want your project sponsor or supervisor to think you can’t handle the project.
Most often, though, there aren’t other project leaders in your area, or even in your company. Keeping business confidentiality usually means that you really can’t confide in project managers outside of your company.
There’s no one inside your company who understands exactly what you do.
So who do you brainstorm with?
What you really need to do is find someone to talk to. Someone who’s been there. Someone who will maintain confidentiality. Someone who’s not in competition for your job. Someone who understands what you’re going through.
Someone who knows what it takes to lead successful projects.
I’m Diana Lindstrom, and I’ve been a successful project manager for over 20 years. I’m formerly certified through PMI and I’ve managed successful projects in engineering, construction, scientific R&D, and prototype development (including software). I love talking with project leaders about project challenges, even the most politically sensitive issues. Working together, you’ll have the sounding board you need.
There’s no reason for you to be lonely in your position any more.
If you’d like to find out more, sign up for an informational interview with me. We’ll see if we’re a good match to work together.
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