Gregg makes a very good point about what happens to many, many
projects in the business world:
> A common experience has been the starting of a project that results
> in incompletion. That is, a project can start off with management
> speeches, lots of energy, people excited to work on it, but over time
> it fizzles out. People on the project teams are pulled onto other
> projects, other fires pop up, limitations in personal skill sets are
> reached and interst level starts to wane. Lack of someone
> accountable to drive and be accountable for the project has
> frequently been blamed as the reason for the death of it. "We just
> need someone to push this, to keep it a priority".
In my opinion it isn't a lack of commitment that causes many a good
project to have an untimely death. It is that management, and often
employees, don't want to make the difficult decision to stay focused on
one opportunity and watch another one pass by. Until managers and
employees realize that they have limited resources, and that to be
competitive they have to be smart about how they allocate those resources,
projects will continue to be born, breath for a few moments, and then pass
away into the quiet and soon forgotten abyss.
I'm amazed at how quickly and how frequently we want to evade reality, and
behave as if what we think should be true, is true.
It is a commitment to reality that will breath perpetual life into a
project, and aspiration and hope that will bring growth and achievement.
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