I’m still working on my garage project that I talked about on this post.
The middle of a project is a hard place for me. Rosabeth Moss Kanter (a professor at Harvard Business School) said “everything looks like failure in the middle.” This is because we can’t always see what the final outcome is supposed to look like.
Project managers need to see a clear end point. But a project (like my garage remodel) doesn’t always have a clear description of the final outcome. Sometimes we get stuck in the middle without a picture of where we are trying to go.
Here is a suggestion for those moments:
Pick an alternate destination (something you can see) and start moving towards that. The “real” end point will come into view soon enough.
I can’t see the final outcome for my garage yet…but I am moving towards something that is 100x more organized than where I started. This technique has turbo-charged many of my projects that have gotten stuck in the middle.
Thanks for listening.