The Gift of Failure
When I look back over my career, I smile a lot. There are many things that I have done that I enjoyed and many moments where I felt that I was making a difference in the company I was working for, the team I was working with or that one individual who seemed to be better off as a result of a conversation we had. I know I can say that I am a better person because of those people, projects and companies.
However, I can't say that my project career hasn't been without its share of mistakes, missteps and mishaps. When I look back over my timeline that includes both my personal and professional experiences, I can easily pick out the larger hurdles and obstacles that I jumped over. I can also pick out some of the smaller and larger hurdles I attempted to jump over but didn't quite clear. I have my fair share of bumps and bruises, and I think that I can say that I have earned every one of them. In this article, I would like to relate to you one of those experiences.
Years ago, I was working for a small consulting firm. We had been working with an organization to help it establish and manage a small project management office. The goal of the PMO was to assist the larger organization in getting a handle on their current project load and to help them become more confident and effective in managing those projects in the future. Our objective was to support the
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