As projects near the deadline or “ship date”, the pressure always builds. We are in the final days of a huge launch and our entire team is feeling the pressure when they encounter bugs, training issues, and miscommunication conflicts. It is inevitable. This always happens in a project.
When pressure builds inside of us, we all want to find a way to release that pressure.
- Some people push the pressure “downward” onto people they supervise. They do that by micro-managing, piling on expectations, and inflicting emotional abuse.
- Some people push the pressure “upward” onto people who carry influence in the organization. They do that by making excuses, avoiding accountability, and blaming anyone associated with initiating the project.
- Some people push the pressure “outward” onto their teammates. They do that by pointing fingers, distancing themselves from the results, and spreading negative attitudes.
- Some people bring the pressure home and inflict it on their families.
I would like to suggest a new thought.
You don’t have to release your pressure on others. You can choose to absorb your pressure and manage it privately. You can choose to add value to the project by NOT distributing your pressure onto other people. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to work on a project where everyone managed their own pressure…and didn’t release it on others?
Where do you tend to release your pressure?
Thanks for listening.