“What are you working on?” I asked.
“Just trying to finish this project,” Andrew explained.
“What’s the hold-up?”
“Things always move slower than I want. You know, getting my team to push things along.”
“And, when things don’t move fast enough, how does that make you feel?” I pressed.
Andrew smirked. “A little annoyed, impatient, anxious.”
“Anxious, about what? It’s just a project.”
Andrew nodded. “Yes, it’s just a project. But, it’s my project. I know I have to work through my team to get it done, but ultimately, it’s up to me.”
“So, it’s not just a project? It’s about you?”
“Yep, on the face of it, the project has a spec, it has a budget, it has a deadline. But the project is also a test about me. Can I organize it? Can I gain the willing cooperation of the team? Can I put a sequence together to keep us on track? If we get off track, how quickly do I see it? Will I know what to correct? Can I keep the team pulling in the same direction? It’s more than just a project. It’s more than just the team. Do I have what it takes to be effective?”