By the very nature of their career path , project managers must be risk takers who have a high tolerance for applying creative approaches by themselves and through others. Effective managers seek creativity in people and apply it to increasingly challenging circumstances. By doing so, these managers encourage risk taking in themselves and others.
Project managers and change, therefore, are made for each other. The minute they lead a project change happens, from start to finish. When change arrives, project managers need to decide whether to respond or react. If they respond, chances increase dramatically that they and their team members will develop a solution that augments team performance. If they react , the chances increase dramatically that they and their team members will develop short-term fixes that lead to long- term problems that will be costlier to address even beyond a project life cycle.
The key is for project managers to place change in the right perspective for themselves and the people they lead. That means change should be something to capitalize on to move their projects forward, thereby dramatically increasing the odds for project successes.