Many call 2009 a recessionary period; I call it the age of sacrifice. Depending on your age, you have sacrificed on more than one occasion, over an extended period of time. Some have never done it, and others have the unique opportunity to do so between now and when this age of sacrifice ends.
Life teaches us great lessons during periods of sacrifice. As Project Managers, we have to be strong and realize that it a period of learning and growth. What are some sacrifices that we might have to make in an economic crisis like this one?
- Embrace Change and Accelerate it. Business leaders are scrambling to address strained financial conditions. Work life will become more difficult; longer hours, less pay increases; fewer amenities (like bottled water); cancelled annual trips…and the list goes on. Support their efforts and changes and find ways to implement them more rapidly.
- Enhance Your Skill Sets. As organizations slim down, and remain slim, get training ON YOUR OWN, to take-on additional responsibilities in the organization. Those of you who read my articles know that I am a strong proponent of adding value to your organization by being multi-dimensional.
- Encourage Adoption of DIRTFT. More money is wasted in correcting mistakes and having to re-do tasks and projects. Establish a discipline of Doing It Right The First Time and take words that start with “re” out of the work environment. Sacrifice may mean having to check milestone targets several times (sometimes after hours…at home) to ensure that benchmarks have been completed without the risk of having to be re-done.