Wearing the Green

169Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you are already having fun today – or are planning something fun for later!

March 17th is traditionally a day of celebration, named after Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  There is much heritage and lore surrounding this feast day or celebration day – but for most of us, it is a day to smile, wear something green, pinch those who don’t, and enjoy some camaraderie with other celebrants.

As a project manager and as a leader of a team, don’t forget to have some fun along the way.  Today would be a great day for a team-building event!  I am reminded of Jack Nicholson in a movie named “The Shining.”  He played the role of Jack Torrance, and the scene I am thinking of right now is his typing over and over, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Not every day needs to be silly.  There is serious work to be done to deliver a successful project!  But keep up the morale with some good ol’ fashioned fun along the way.

I remember one Halloween; I came to the office in costume.  I was dressed as an IT Project Manager.  My team said I wasn’t scary at all, well, that is until I showed them where we were on the schedule and the budget!