The past month has been fun for me. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm now contracting full time as a project manager. Yes, it is fun... this is the kind of stuff that gets my adrenaline going.
While the schedule has been an adjustment, the activity is just like riding a bicycle. Project plans, status reports, meeting minutes, issues logs, risk management. You never forget.
Some have asked me why I took a detour from the speaking and writing to go back to a full-time cubicle-dwelling contract for a few months. (The reality is that it isn't much of a detour as I still have a speaking schedule, and I'm in talks about my next book, but I digress.) The biggest reason I agreed to take on this contract can be summed up in two words: "street cred."
It's the same reason a successful actor agrees to do an independent film at a reduced rate, or why an athlete will join in a pick-up game of ball. As a project manager, I never want to get too far away from my roots. I don't want my expertise to be academic. As a Chief Accomplishment Officer, I'm wired to DO, to PERFORM, and to ACCOMPLISH.
So for a few months (as long as my client and I agree that I'm adding value to the project and to the organization), I'll stick around. I'll share some knowledge. I'll learn a few new tricks myself. And more importantly, I'll maintain my street cred.
What are YOU doing to maintain your credibility in your field?