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“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”
It’s a common (and somewhat understandable) misnomer that “being nice” is what helps make leaders successful. I mean who doesn’t want to be the nice guy/girl that everyone loves, wants to hang out with and be on his or her team? But attributing a leader’s success and ability to attract people to their teams/projects to simply being nice misses the mark and diminishes their true talent of harnessing Emotional Intelligence.
Who doesn’t love positive feedback? As social animals, acceptance and recognition from others hits our pleasure receptacles like finding a pair of Jimmy Choo’s at half-price! Unfortunately, we routinely treat positive feedback as a contact-high; sharing it with the group; basking in a glorious haze of mental self-indulgence, but rarely taking advantage of the learning opportunity it represents.
Ah, the halcyon days of my early career in project management – Idealistic; focused on digging deep into projects; leading teams; filled with a sense of mission; over delivering for the customer and feeling like General Patton during the liberation of Paris at the conclusion.
As project management professionals, we love to delight the customer - bringing a project in on time and at (or preferably under) the customer’s budget.
Technological advancements can make our jobs easier. They also pose the risk of replacing us; rendering our knowledge and capabilities obsolete in the face of massive stores of information and nanosecond retrieval. We’re already seeing this paradigm shift in the area of robotics, where people are being replaced in a number of industries by robots who can perform both complex and menial tasks quicker, with less risk and for less overall costs than their human counterparts.