This blog was originally posted on APM.
Chiropractors, taxi drivers, the Marylebone Cricket Club and internal auditors. All of these have received a Royal Charter in recent years, as have many other organisations. The first one was granted to the University of Cambridge in 1231. So what does a Royal Charter mean?
The Privy Council (which grants them) says on its website that, nowadays, Royal Charters are granted to “bodies that work in the public interest… which can demonstrate pre-eminence, stability and permanence in their particular field.”1
Pre-eminence, stability and permanence. These seem to me to be particularly valuable at the present time. In a world where public discourse and mass politics are becoming more distrustful of expertise, we are facing more, not less, uncertainty. While respect for expertise is diminishing, its value is increasing. And we need a balancing force of stability.
But does it seem a little incongruous? Project management as a force of stability? We are all about change. Of course, permanence and stability refer to your professionalism in managing the process of change.
So, project management matters. I don’t need to persuade you of that. But what I may need to convince you of is the reason to be optimistic. Because, if experts are decried, why would you seek to be one? [Read more…]