Reasons Project Managers should read history

There are numerous writings that detail the importance of why history matters, these usually appeal on the level of studying human behaviour, achievement, and understanding where we come from.  Perhaps idealistic, there is a belief that by knowing the past, the same mistakes can be avoided in future.

History is valued in political and management literature from a leadership perspective.  For the project professional, the past should be analysed beyond this; if a Project Manager reads history they will find they interpret events from a project perspective.

Here are six reasons Project Managers should read history:

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Writing your life story

I have started writing my life story.

Just by writing that statement it feels strange and narcissistic.  To write your life story you have to be a celebrity or achieve something right?

But I have been motivated to do this indirectly by family. Continue reading “Writing your life story”

Cogs

In the corporate world there seems to be a big hard-on to aspire towards top level leadership.

Answering e-mails on your holiday or at your son’s football game doesn’t really sell it to me.

As a by-product of this thinking many organisations almost shove this level of career development down it’s workers throats.

But what if someone doesn’t want to?

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The Sacrifice of Alexander Hamilton

Recently I have been reading one of those free kindle books called “The History of the United States” by a gentleman called Cecil Chesterton.

It was published near the beginning of the 20th Century, so it is written in an old fashion way and occasionally you pick up on some views that were popular at the time (His views on the 15th Amendment particularly made me laugh as he would probably be called a misogynist nowadays). Continue reading “The Sacrifice of Alexander Hamilton”