Dreaming is good for your career

Let’s dream for a while. What’s your dream project management job?

So many people have stopped dreaming and stopped imagining that they can achieve their wildest dreams. That is a big problem. I think it’s a bigger problem with projects managers. By the nature of our work, we are so focused on risk management that we have lost sight of the skill to identify opportunities. My recommendation to PMI is to add an opportunity identification and management knowledge area to the PMBOK.

Just look at what our project sponsors want all the time – lots of scope, in amazingly short time with lots of changes along the way. They are looking to maximize business opportunity, while project managers are focused on minimizing risks. Let’s start dreaming of possibilities instead of focusing on roadblocks. When it comes to your career maximizing your opportunities is to best course of action.

And in order to dream you need time. Most project managers are so busy just getting through the day that they never devote the time to figure out what they really want to spend their time on. It’s amazing how project managers will develop a detailed project plan that has tasks with 2 hrs effort, yet when it comes to their own time, will completely miss the mark. Demands from management and sponsors are never going to cease. Year after year, you will be asked to cut costs, deliver larger scope in shorter time frames with improved quality. You will need to figure out a way to make that time for your career growth. We all know that if you don’t plan for it and don’t monitor it, it will not get done, yet why do so few of us apply this concept to our careers?

Have faith in your dreams. The future of project management will be defined by such individuals – those who have the courage to define it, figure out a way to constantly add value and are bold. Are you one of them? You sure can be, just believe you can and find your time.

“Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.”

– Elbert Hubbard

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