A Safe Distance

Take a lesson from parenting—detach to tame the stress of running a project.

Genesh G. Chariyil, PMP

When you're faced with a project challenge, it is natural to get up in the middle of the night and find yourself wondering, “Where did I go wrong?” It's a question parents may ask about their own children.

So as a father, I offer this parental guidance to use when you wake in a sweat and blame yourself for a project's problems: Treat your projects like your kids, and detach from them.

For project managers with grown children, the advice may be easier to grasp. As a parent, you spend much time and energy on your children, but they don't always develop as you hoped. The same can be said for projects. Your hard work and sacrifice ...

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