I have recently taken up Nordic Walking (many thanks to Saracens Rugby Club Sports Foundation for the taster session) and I am really enjoying it.
I recently decided to go to Trent Park (in Enfield) ) for a long walk and while walking I stopped for a moment to absorb what was around me.
It was breath taking – trees for miles all around me, fields and a lake. The park has many facilities including a petting zoo, several cafes and playgrounds for children. It really is a magnificent park.
The park has lots of history with its royal hunting grounds, the Estate being sold to Philip Sassoon (cousin of Siegfried Sassoon), its Japanese garden and hundreds of paths for you to walk over or simply sit down and relax.
In the few moments I stood still and absorbed the wonderful scenery I said a quiet thank you to the many people who put this park together. They have really given us, our children and their children a real legacy.
I then thought about the many projects that I have seen over the many years of working in project management. I wondered about the legacy of these projects. How many of them have simply been filed in the ‘not now’ tray or simply forgotten about? What about those projects that delivered, but on reflection did not have any benefits at all and should have been stopped part way through?
Project management is about delivering some benefits and again I thank quite openly, the many people making Trent Park (and the many other parks around the UK) such wonderful places to visit and from which we can all benefit.
But, what about your project? Will your name be held in lights as the person who really delivered a great project with great benefits? Or will you be the person who delivered a project that was quickly forgotten and filed in the WPB (waste paper bin)?
So once again, what’s will you be remembered for?
My grateful thanks to Saracens Rugby Club for helping me kick start my Nordic walking and Daniela for her great enthusiasm and instruction
Pictures courtesy of the Trent Country Park web site