Money. They say it can’t buy you happiness. Fair enough, but it’s still nice to have, isn’t it? And for international organizations that want to empower their members and advance the interests of the professions they represent, a certain amount of it is absolutely essential.
Okay, so I’ll admit to being a bit flippant with the headline here, but the fact is that at Sea to Sky we deal with big, complicated projects that take a lot of careful planning. We’ve had to become very good at doing it. Getting control of competing priorities, managing workload and exceeding clients’ expectations can be tough and there’s no getting away from the need to work exceptionally hard. But there are a few things I’ve learned over the years about leadership, teamwork and project management that I think are worth sharing.
I have often looked at a successful woman who has a career that demands energy and time and who has children and wondered: “How do you do it Superwoman?”
The philosopher George Santayana famously wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s hardly the most cheerful of lines. But what if we look at it a little differently? Suppose we were to modify things a bit: “Those who cannot remember how they came by their success will find it hard to be successful in the future.” Not a quote that is destined to become a classic, perhaps, but it allows me to illustrate an important point.
As a Planner you are a Project Manager on each event (conference/meeting/special event/festival, etc.) you organize. To successfully manage and execute your event you require the knowledge to capably oversee many different aspects of the event, including your suppliers.