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Many project managers hold aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder and of obtaining executive positions. But doing so requires more than just a resume showcasing project successes. This article features two experienced project professionals discussing--via a question-and-answer format--the challenges that project managers face when they attempt to realize their executive ambitions. It explores questions relating to the viability of creating executive-level project manager positions, the transition from project manager to project director and chief project officer, the challenge of leading individuals who were formerly one's peers, and the advantages of possessing project management skills and knowledge. It also identifies the industries in which executive-level project managers are most common and suggests approaches that project managers can use to put themselves on a career track that could help them obtain an executive-level position. Accompanying this article is a sidebar listing five trai
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