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Saturday, 25 May 2013 10:17

Snow in Rome

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About 18 months ago I was routed on a flight via Rome. This was slightly bizarre and quite irritating as there was then an 8 hour wait for my connecting flight. It wasn’t a cheap flight, but I looked for a positive solution. No matter I thought. I will take the opportunity to go into Rome for a few hours, have lunch and then come back for my flight. It seemed a great plan.

The first problem arose when it was unusually hard to get a taxi into Rome. The reason? Snow! The first snow in over 40 years. But I found a man with a minibus taking people into the city for an exorbitant fee. He was over 40, a Roman all his life, and had never seen snow in the city before. It seemed too good an opportunity to miss. My mistake was to accept his offer of a ride. In I went. I should have been suspicious when I asked him if I could book him back, and he said “no, I won’t drive on these roads again”.

Rome looked fabulous in the snow. Adults and children, unfamiliar with snow, were going pleasantly wild in the street. But if it was hard to get a taxi from the airport, it was even harder to get one back. It was a few inches of snow, but Roman drivers, unfamiliar with driving in it on their summer tyres were struggling. Most taxi drivers simply weren’t bothering to work.  The train to the airport was cancelled as well. 

An 8 hour stopover turned from a boring wait into a stressful almost missed connection as I struggled to get back to the airport. I got back - only just. The lesson for projects and change seems obvious to me. Think about the risks and expect the unexpected. Sometimes it really does happen.

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Richard Newton

Richard Newton wears many hats. Included amongst these are his work as a consultant, author, blogger, change leader, company director, and program manager. His most well known project management book is The Project Manager: Mastering the Art of Delivery. He is also the author of the best-selling Dream It, Do It, Live It which applies project management principles to achieving personal dreams.

His articles and blogs can be followed at www.changinghats.com. Information about his company can be found at www.enixus.co.uk. His books are available at bookshops and online sellers worldwide.

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