Corwin came to the office an hour before others come.
He wants to “eat the frog” in the morning.
He had planned to read another chapter of the book on project management.
He saw project managers at work.
Now, he feels a burning desire to become one:
The responsibility, decision making and, of course, an ability to do it in a better way.
Corwin feels like he is capable of more.
A career of a Project Manager will fulfill his potential.
But there is a problem.
There is no clear career path to a Project Manager role.
Googling doesn’t help here. He tried many times.
Reading Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide doesn’t work. It’s so confusing.
There is so much to learn.
“Do I even have what it takes?” This thought pings Corwin in such moments.
With all the determination nothing helps him to get closer to the goal.
However, every leader should have an opportunity to achieve his or her potential.
“Corwin, good that you are here!” The voice of Corwin’s manager boomed in the empty room. “We have an emergency.”
For the next week, Corwin was overwhelmed with this work.
There was no time for learning.
It is discouraging.
That is when I met Corwin.
“Hi, I’m Corwin. I saw you giving lectures to our project managers. May I ask a question?”
He stopped me in the corridor and sputtered. Looks like he was waiting for me.
It took Corwin a few moments to formulate a question. He was apparently in self-doubt.
“Is there a chance I can ever become a Project Manager?” Corwin said. Then, he added, “I see no way it is possible.”
“Ahhh, I know how it feels. You know I started from tech support as well.”
“Yeah…Well, nobody should have to experience that confusion. Let me try to fix it for you.
Paul is the manager in support, isn’t he? Go to Paul and state that you want to become a PM. Ask him what should you do next.
I know he is a busy guy and a bit harsh. But he is a great mentor.”
Also, I outlined other necessary steps to do. Today I call it the guide to How to Boost Your Chances of
Becoming a Project Manager.
“Don’t try to grasp it all at once.” I continued, “follow the plan and eliminate the rest.
From time to time it will feel overwhelming.
But you don’t want to stay in support for the rest of your life, don’t you? I know it’s annoying to death after six months.
And do talk with Paul today.”
It took Corwin three months to become an assistant PM part-time.
Six months later he got his first small project.
Interestingly that later I had a chance to work with Corwin as peers on one big project. He is really good.