My friend Rajni asked me this question when she met me last evening. I want to put a glimpse of it to you all.
Why a snake charmer? (I still unable to understand why she coined the term “Snake Charmer” for a regular non-creative Manager)
The Snake Charmer manages the project the way it was run during 2500 B.C. for building the pyramids.
(Obviously she was impressed by the movie “10000 B.C”.)
A snake Charmer clutched a group of people (5000 to 100000) and elephants to drag the blogs of Pyramid and additional persons to whip them(both the workers and elephants) when they were tired. And worshiped at the end of the day to a curtained god (now a days they are called corporate bosses).
Here comes the new generation of project managers with their skills of problem solving and critical thinking to innovate new ideas as well as flexibility in leadership styles. A project manager’s success is not only to deliver a successful project but also it should be an effective one.
How comfortable the team with the PM is one of the criteria for effectiveness. Putting the team in their toes all the time creates unnecessary anxieties which can affect the organization’s status.
The PM understands the priorities and strategic visions of the higher management. So, it is easy for a PM to realize what exactly he has to do for a long term success of the organization. He is also identifying risks to get over the unwanted situations and focuses on quality.
The most concerned thing according to Rajni is that Snake Charmers still exists (even after 2500 yrs.).
Now, it’s the choice of a company – whether they will hire a Project Manager or a Snake Charmer.
What do you think ? Pls comment.