Unit 12 – Moving Forward Laughing

by Irate Wizard

It was a bit difficult for me to relate this week’s reading to my work experience, as I’m currently unemployed. (Or more appropriately between jobs as I freelance and often only work half the year). More difficult, is the fact that part of my goal in coming to SIRLS was to leave my freelance work behind me and move onto something else. So, reflecting is difficult, but valid.

I think the biggest concern I had some of the readings this week is the seriousness of tone, particularly the PMBOK. Does everything have to be a science? I have worked as a project manager on several projects and find that working effectively and enjoying what you do go nicely together. I’m a big fan of a relaxed work environment no matter how difficult the task. For me, I aim to create this by adding humor. If cracking a few jokes means I have to stay a few minutes later, it’s a welcome sacrifice (we would probably be staying later anyway), and the more I laugh and enjoy myself the more I can’t wait to get back to work the next day. 

I understand that this can’t happen all the time, which relates to the best point about figuring out the best way to work. This differs for all and it’s important to connect with others on the level that best suits them. I’m always a big fan of telling people never to treat others the way you want to be treated, but rather treat others the way they want to be treated. I find this successful in most environments, not just work. And, in this manner my staff and co-workers know it’s fine to give me bad news, just as long as you at least try to make it funny. As any comedian will tell you, it’s all in the delivery. 🙂

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