Job management manager's training, skills and techniques serve to accomplish one major goal; to give the project director a vehicle to efficiently attain a goal or target. As with any vehicle the operator must have some training to maneuver and control the progress. The vehicle itself provides no guarantee of reaching the destination or of successful goal achievement. Vehicle quality may also have a bearing on the overall performance and experience. It is the driver that must determine the direction, the way and the rate of speed given the vehicle's characteristics. Such is the situation with project management.
Job management manager's training is relatively well defined. The training or vehicle, so to speak, comes in many sizes and shapes with different levels of performance. Be all you need to say that vehicle specifications are generally standard in that there are basic requirements to a mode of transportation. Certainly not unlike a project manager's training. There are basic requirements in a PM's training that are relatively standard. Take the PMBOK for instance representing the specifications to put jointly a knowledge-based vehicle for the project manager to apply. Once mastered it requires that innate or discovered ability to take that vehicle and embark on a journey towards a goal. In most situations, as the project manager/driver, you will have people who rely on your judgment and will experience your skills as a driver and leader. About occasion your passengers or team members will have some input that you may want in your journey.
This brings all of us to the next level of a project manager's development, which handles maturity and ability. Not every trained drivers can master a vehicle with ease, so too is the circumstance with construction project managers. A fortunate few are given birth to with an innate potential and reach their rut relatively easily and quickly. The vast majorities are left with a time of experimentation and sweating the details until it finally becomes second characteristics. Many of us fight to get the feel of it in order to find ourselves constantly challenged so that you can achieve balance from project to job.
Armed with training, experience and a few times at the wheel you are likely to organize your mental stimuli on each job to determine what needs your attention most, when is it needed, also to what level of engagement it should be used. It helps also to determine what requires little of your attention. Consider your improvement as a driver: While you became more skilled and mature, you were known to give attention to the aspects of driving that acquired you safely and precipitously to your destination. In your initial days at the wheel, you read every single sign posted and used every marking so as to never miss any details. In some instances this attention to detail afflicted your improvement, or may have even got you lost, which left you exhausted and consumed after you arrived at your destination. Similarly, with project management we have to achieve a level of maturity from the knowledge and experience in order to us zero in and "feel" the project, not merely read all the dashes and reports to reach conclusions.