Project Management

Is Career Legacy Important?

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

I’m closer to the end of my career than I am to the start of it. That doesn’t mean that I’m about to retire and ride off into the sunset on a well-structured Gantt chart (sorry), but it does mean that I sometimes find myself looking back on my career and considering what I have achieved.

It’s been different from what I originally expected when I walked into an office for the first time in 1989, and it has taken me much further—geographically and advancement wise—than I would ever have believed. Some of those differences have been from conscious choice, some have been driven by circumstance.

I can honestly say that I’m happy with how everything has turned out, and I can look back on everything that has happened so far and be content. I hope that most of you reading this will feel the same way, regardless of how far along you are in your own careers.

But lately, I’ve been thinking about all of the time and effort that I have put into my career. All the money that has been spent by me and various employers on educating, training and developing me so that I can contribute to the fullest. When I reach the end of my career, is that just over? Is there no way to leverage that time, energy and money to benefit others?

I think that there is, at least for project managers. I see the ability for PMs to create legacies for …

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