I work in IT and have been considering a change of careers predominantly due to several issues I've faced over the years. After lots of reflection, I think some of the issues arise from having responsibility with no authority. I think this has lead to my burnout. Maybe I am in part to blame, for my current state, for not putting up strong enough boundaries. I'm interested to know what strategies you as project managers, have developed to combat issues such as:
- Being responsible for the outcome of a project, but having no authority to set deadlines, defined/reduce scope, allocate resources/people, provide/receive training etc. What strategies do you use to push back? How long did you let it go on for before you pushed back? What, in your opinion, is a reasonable amount of leeway to give in these situations? Is this a common problem in your experience?
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