|Sunset on Friday evening|
My friend is a project manager for a large company in town, and we began to talk about her latest project. Wow! It was like finding someone who speaks your native language after spending a long time in a foreign country. In my own world of engineers, scientists and professors, I finally found someone who could speak project management.
As my friend described her current project, I mentally travelled back to my job as a Project and Program Manager. I remembered all the activities she discussed: meeting with sponsors and key stakeholders, managing project scope, holding project kickoff meetings, deciding when to push an issue when the team is in a "group think" mode, and learning whom you can trust.
We talked about how to deliver tough messages, how to handle the people who try to derail a project, and when you demonstrate strong leadership vs. blending into the team. My friend talked about the challenges and rewards of this role, and I realized I missed Project Management.
Holy cow! Who saw that coming? I was shocked to say the least. Here I am enjoying my third year of retirement and my total freedom from a work schedule, when I started wistfully thinking about finding a project manager job. And in the very next second I realized an intervention was necessary to help me escape that notion of joining the working world.
Ok, I haven't dusted off my resume or applied for any jobs. But I've been giving more thought to working again as a project manager. I don't know if that makes sense for me or not, but I'm no longer saying "I don't miss working at all"...