Project Management

Is the PM Profession Sustainable?

Kevin Coleman is a highly skilled senior level project and program manager/advisor with experience leading projects with labor budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to multi-million dollar budgets across multiple industries.

Organizations and individuals alike become accustom to the way things are—and often fall into a standard process and set of activities that become the norm. Once that norm is established, inertia sets in and they resist change.

Individuals and organizations often take action when they perceive that a change is a threat to them or their current way of life. Most just want to sustain the current condition and keep things as they are. Oftentimes, that focuses on the global environment—both business and natural resources.

A recent lecture I attended talked about human resource sustainability, and that triggered this article. Analysis indicates that loss of status and job security are the most significant motivational factors to overcoming resistance. Organizations see loss of their business ranking due to decline of revenue as the top factor countering resistance to change.

For those individuals and organizations that see themselves fitting into the resistance model, you better hold on. Maintaining the status quo is no longer a viable strategy for sustainability into the future. Let’s examine what it means to be sustainable a bit closer…

Sustainability - sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty - səˌstānəˈbilədē
Refers to the process of continuing at a given level without change; or…
Refers to the ability to preserve …

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