The stress, the preparation, the rush of adrenaline as you reach the finish line, there are a lot of ways project managers are like runners in a marathon. Conrado Morlan lists four of his top similarities between the two.
First, both have to anticipate the hills. It might seem smart to face these challenges head on and get them over with quickly, but it’s important to pace yourself and regroup with your team before beginning the upward trek.
Also, stick to the numbers. You bought that fancy pedometer for a reason. Use it. Likewise, project managers should not steer clear of the numbers to find a supposedly better path. Doing so might jeopardize the project.
Don’t forget to stay humble. No matter how many trophies you’ve won in the past, each race is different. There is always potential for disaster. Take each project as an opportunity to learn something new.
Finally, don’t be afraid to take time to smell the roses. It’s the little stops along the way that make the race enjoyable. Don’t forget to make friends, help others, and put your lessons learned to good use.