Change is inevitable, but growth is optional. How do you know when you are growing as a PM or just going? Growing means you are developing your skills and continuing to evolve in your personal and professional life. Going means you are simply existing and going through the motions to get from one day to the next. The difference in the two is: Growth. Are we PMs forever or do we evolve from project management to something greater? Here are 3 questions that will help you discover the answer:
- Are you in control of your career path? Most of us don’t have the luxury of picking our projects or our teams. It is generally the other way around. With that in mind, you should remember that you still have the power of choice. You may not choose the project, but you can choose the process that drives the success of the project. You have the ultimate say in where your career ends up. I challenge you to think beyond life as a PM.
- Is your current journey moving you closer to your destination or farther away? This assumes you have a clear destination or idea of what success is for you. It is possible to land on a dead-end project. You know the ones that are “opportunities” but are doomed before they start. You only have two choices – either turn it around or make the best of it. Take whatever lessons you can learn and continue moving forward. The best lessons I’ve learned came from project failures.
- What are the roadblocks that need to be removed to clear your path? Every career journey has obstacles – self-created or otherwise. Identifying them is only the first step. You must take action to overcome them or remove them entirely. If you need help, ask for it. You can stay on track even though you may need to detour or take a different route. It is your career – own it!
No matter what point you are at in your career, you need to check for alignment with your personal and professional goals. No one has arrived, as there is always an opportunity to grow. PMPs are not limited to project management roles. We are leaders and drivers of change! Are you growing or going to make a difference?
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