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