Lessons Learned

The last eight months of my life have been a whirlwind to say the least. I moved up two positions in the blink of an eye and ended up where I wasn’t planning on ending up, but that’s life for you, right? I have been on both sides of a project – in the corporate office environment & in the trenches at the project level. Both environments are very different and sometimes, well most times, it is easy for a corporate staff to be disengaged from a project. They know the projects are there, that they exist, but the corporate staff are so focused on their microscopic piece that they fail to see the bigger picture – it is the success of the people on the ground, in the trenches, doing the work day in and day out, that determine corporate’s success.

It is the managers on the ground that show the people they care through their actions. Sometimes you, as a manager or supervisor, need to get your hands dirty and show your staff you are willing to do what they do. Do not forget to take the time to recognize the employees for the job they are doing – a small glowing bracelet, a few pieces of candy – go a long way.

I have learned and grown in leaps and bounds this year. I know there is no way to please every single person on the project. We are human, we have different personalities, and we all have our own way of doing things. I’m ok with that. My focus is doing what is best for the majority, and I will not let the 10% deter me from doing what is right for the 90%. Doing the right thing and holding people accountable for their behavior is not an easy path to travel, but I am on a mission to change the culture in order to have a better, brighter future for the people on the ground.

There have been several times I have shook my head in amazement at some of the silliness that takes place when dealing with people. Personally, for me, if you are a supervisor or manager, it is unacceptable for your nonverbal communication to give people a middle finger without actually giving them the middle finger – rolling your eyes, giving a big sigh – unacceptable. As a supervisor or manager, if your employees are doing the same thing, you should shut it down immediately. Tell them you need to speak with them privately and then lay it out there for them in black and white for them.

This is my story, my lessons learned, and I will continue to post about managing a project. Not only am I the youngest to be in the position I am in at my location, but I am the first female to be at the helm of the ship, so that in itself has its obstacles.

I have high hopes for the future, and I will not be deterred from my goals.


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