|Articles To help Project Leaders
2012 Relay for Life in South Windsor started yesterday at 3 PM and continues today until 3 PM.
It is an emotional roller coaster. Upbeat feelings of fun and fantasy to be touched by the jovial people. Saddened by the loss of so many friends and relatives.
A simple white paper bag along the track side can't capture the life of a person living in memory, yet it is a small token of people taken by cancer. We missed the lighting of luminaria last night due to threats of thunderstorms.
I am exhausted this morning as I write (Saturday at 7 AM). The emotional roller-coaster was fun and draining at the same time.
We have enjoyed great weather for the event thus far, and my family will go back up to the track after breakfast to support our team Wapping Walkers.
It is heart-warming to run into so many Rotarians at the event.
As a project manager, my observations are:
1. It is organized chaos. Very well run for such a large event of volunteers, however you can expect hiccups at every interaction. This is real-life (with real people serving and helping each other) not DisneyWorld where crowds of people are serviced well, but at great expense.
2. The lead organizers are amazing. I wish we could capture their commitment and energy for project managers in the corporate world instead of focusing on the "Check the box to submit a PowerPoint to the gating committee". (There were no gating committees last night.)
3. Energy and personal beliefs drive people more than any project plan to deliver on commitments, on time.