Career Paths: Project versus Functional Management

Project Management is proving attractive to many who formerly considered only traditional Functional Management. What is the difference, and what personality types are best suited to each? Project Management is purely Goal-oriented, whereas Functional Management is often oriented toward keeping operations running smoothly. Project Managers are often motivated by a desire to bring positive change, whereas Functional Managers tend to have a bias for continuity. Project Managers frequently seek new challenges and new Projects which can bring significant improvement when the Goal is attained. Good Functional Managers tend to have a focus on a productive, consistent work environment with steady improvement.

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