#004 - IF IT IS TO BE, ASK SOMEONE ELSE
Anyway, one of the things that Project Managers do when we get a chance is to hang out with other Project Managers and talk about how important we are. We often do this at conferences or sympsiums. (Symposia?) Often, lectures at these events give you a mantra or key sentence or some phrase that allows you to remember exactly what the point of the lecture was. Anway, I was at a symposium with a learned Project Manager, author, consultant and keynote speaker, Neal Whitten.
The phrase for that speech was "If it is to be, it is up to me."
This was a truly inspiring phrase. This phrase empowered those of us in the room to take ownership of issues, great and small, and resolve them. To take iniative in all situations. To understand how key we were to our various corporations at all levels. To be the movers and shakers of our industries.
I wrote that phrase down (ok, I typed it into a computer and printed it) and put it up on the wall of my humble cubicle. It is still there today. Unfortunately for Mr. Whitten, it is not there for the reasons that I suppose he intended.
Just reading that phrase exhausted me.
"If it is to be, it is up to me."
That phrase sits above my desk to remind me of some crucial things in my life:
It reminds me that life is overwhelming.
But it also reminds me that my time and effort is limited.
Finally, it reminds that there are people who really believe in that phrase.
02 September 2009