Do you lean towards being an optimist (everything will work out fine) or a pessimist (something is going to go wrong)?
As a person, I prefer being around optimists. As a general rule, they are more pleasant human beings.
As a project manager, I prefer working with pessimists. As a general rule, they are alert for all the things that can go wrong on a project…because something ALWAYS goes wrong on a project. Last week, we held a major event where:
- We ordered 600 books which arrived on time…but all 600 were the incorrect title.
- The speaker requested a particular video be used in his presentation…and the wrong clip was shown at a crucial point in his message
These mistakes are a normal part of any event or project…and only pessimists catch them and fix them before they ruin the moment. Can you be an optimistic person but learn how to project manage like a pessimist?
Thanks for listening.