Transitioning Leadership: A Personal Story
It is not unusual for project managers to change hands in the middle of a project, especially those long in duration. Sometimes the change in project manager is planned, such as a large program entering a new stage needing a different type of skill set. More often, the change is not planned--the project manager has left the project for whatever reason and a new project manager must be found to pick up the reins.
When you find yourself as that new project manager taking over an in-flight project, it's important to know the circumstance of the change because taking over a project in trouble is very different than taking over a project progressing well. This article is a personal story about taking over a well-managed project that was necessitated by unfortunate circumstances.
Pinned to the wall beside my desk is a cellophane-covered laser printed picture of Denis with his extended family standing outside as a cheerful group in what looks to be someone's back yard, all smiling as the sun shines on their faces. Denis stands behind his wife, peeking over her shoulder with a big grin on his face, looking proud and content amongst his loved ones. A moment caught in time forever by photography. I can't help but feel Denis's presence in my office, almost imagining him looking over my own shoulder with his goofy smile like he might give me an encouraging wink
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