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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I really love my job, it is probably the best one I have ever had.
It is strange because when I got the new job it was a step up from the old one. I have more responsibility and more money. But unlike my other job I am back at the bottom – basically I am the office junior and have to do all the tedious work that comes with that. Continue reading “Competition in the work place”
I had been told I had been ready for the next level for the last three months.
The only problem was where I worked has recently had a freeze on recruitment, so I didn’t have any opportunities to move up.
So I grew restless and impatient and decided to look for work elsewhere.
It never felt quite right as I filled in the application – I struggled through it even though it didn’t feel right. To try and make me feel better I asked those close to me their thoughts. Continue reading “Vision…”
Many years ago I bought a guitar. This decision was motivated about dreaming of playing in a band.
I never wanted to be the lead singer, but be the cool, sullen guitarist, who stood in the background, but was the real talent that carried the band. Being the hardworking, introvert really appealed to me.
Continue reading “Dreams and Reality”
There is a reason they say actions speak louder than words.
And that is because people despise people who talk about what they want to do or what they have done in the past. That is no good for other people – it may be a combination of envy or just that it is blantant bragging but talking doesn’t produce the results, action do.
So don’t tell them what you can do – show them!
But how do we show off to people what we can do without coming across as a child wanting validation?
Continue reading “Show em’ what you got”
I bumped into someone from my old team the other day. With her was my replacement who had begun the role a month ago.
I am not rude and didn’t want to blank her, so I began talking to her so that she wasn’t just sat back observing our conversation. I introduced myself and asked how she was finding the job. Her response surprised me.
Continue reading “Dealing with the negative”
I stopped watching the Apprentice years ago because it was the same repetitive format.
But I read a piece on one of the finalists business ideas and I couldn’t help resist giving my opinion when it was revealed that finalist Vana Koutsomitis is a dating app called ‘PlayDate’.
Although the decision was most likely made months and months ago I have to say that this is a very stupid investment. I won’t tackle this from a business point of view but a male with experience of online dating point of view. Continue reading “Love, sex and apps…”
Around five weeks ago I went out on a work colleagues leaving do.
It overwhelmed me slightly as it was the most drunken affair I have experienced with people I work with.
I don’t drink as much as I used to so it quickly went to my head, fortunately everyone seemed to be in a bit of a state.
During the evening a pair of intoxicated managers surrounded me and told me what a great job I was doing and that if I wanted, they would be delighted to help with my professional development by getting involved in working for them.
The next morning my head was sore, but also big headed from all the compliments I had received. Continue reading “Drunken talk”