I see these images about an entrepreneur’s day – how unpredictable it is. Yet, I can’t help but think about the day of any project manager in charge of change. In reality, it is way worse. It is so volatile – it is almost surreal. An entrepreneur is a boss and has responsibilities and authority. A project manager has all the responsibility in the world but none or little authority. Reports to several bosses and has to deal with a mountain of stakeholders. Counts with limited or no budget and a lousy team (which somebody else chooses). Still, they must achieve goals, meet deadlines, manage resistance, and convince everyone to sponsor the project.
So, imagine this: You are a transformational or a change project manager. You’ve been working on a project for 5 months, and you are supposed to close it next month. You are under pressure to deliver the results. A typical day goes like this:
Congratulations to all the past, present and future project managers. Your rock!