After years and years of Project Management it finally became obvious to me there was someone or something I wasn’t addressing. No, I’m not talking about all the usual people project management challenges all those references mention, or even some they don’t mention. Like you, I know some of the ways engineers and researchers egos need to be stroked to and motivated to get that coveted performance. I can even tell you some of the more successful ways to work the maze of upper management,which no doubt you probably know also. Tell me this though — Sometimes when you’ve fed all the hungry egos out there does it secretly knaw at you that there is someone that got missed? Someone who isn’t getting fed. You guessed it, could it be you? Nah, you say, my reward is the growth of the team, the love of the projects and to a certain extent you may be correct. However to a certain extent you may be in denial. I know I was. So how do we make sure we get appreciation from others? I’m calling this the “Final Frontier” as it’s such a radical concept for me. Is it just me or does everyone have this down? I can share later some of my awkward attempts and progress, however I’d love to hear how others have approached this or even forgotten to approach it. Anything that smacks of perfection probably won’t be a believable story, although I do enjoy fairy tales. I just enjoy messy tales of progress even better because those I can picture actual people in. The subject is appreciation for Project Managers. Yes the people who “give” to everyone else. What about you?