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What events have you assigned your grey hairs to on a project?
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My grey-hair book reads like and is the size of "War and Peace." I’ve come to appreciate this book as I have found that my skills and strength as a PM increase with every chapter that I add.

What events have you assigned your grey hairs to over the years and how has it changed your practice.
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It is not events so much as people. And sadly those people have been the ones that should not be giving me grey hairs. My managers, about 80% grey hairs, team members 20% grey hairs.
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Jun 11, 2019 2:00 PM
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I agree with you 100%. One of my favorite examples is having a project delayed by weeks while we wait for an executive to answer a simple question - an executive who previously lectured the team about how important the project was, and how he expected us to do everything in our power to complete it on time.
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Jun 11, 2019 10:46 AM
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It is not events so much as people. And sadly those people have been the ones that should not be giving me grey hairs. My managers, about 80% grey hairs, team members 20% grey hairs.
I agree with you 100%. One of my favorite examples is having a project delayed by weeks while we wait for an executive to answer a simple question - an executive who previously lectured the team about how important the project was, and how he expected us to do everything in our power to complete it on time.
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You get grey hair when you try to control people and events beyond your scope of control. Part of being a project manager is understanding that your domain, your realm of responsibility is the project. Not your employer, not your client, not the team, not even yourself: only the project.
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Projects, like life, are unpredictable because they are created, managed and staffed by humans, who are fundamentally unpredictable by their nature. This unpredictability occurs on projects even when every "i" has been dotted and every "t" has been crossed both in method and in execution.

As a project manager, I see our grey hairs as stripes that should be worn proudly. The war stories are lessons learned, although they may not feel that way in the beginning. So, share a few and provide a lesson that can be passed forward.

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