Inspirational Reading for PMs Facing Big Tasks

02/16/2016 12:33

The author writes, upon reviewing an element of his aikido training:

...I began to wonder why the concept of falling down safely was absent from my professional life. How could I help my fellow project managers (PMs) fall better and safer? It’s not like we can go before a steering committee and order up a helping of Doomed to fail, with a side of career limiting humiliation—uh, hold the career impact. Even if we could, we’d never wish that on anyone. We need a better way to fall.

Training fresh PMs how to manage impossible expectations and difficult conversations is a practice we fail at when they enter the playing field. We must teach PMs the skills they need to get through new challenges without getting pummelled… and how to get back up when they do get pummelled.

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