When you are a PS, you are always looking for new strategies to drive business success. What are other people, other companies, and your competitors doing? You like new ideas and strategies. You listen very carefully to other leaders, and you race against each other to the next best idea. New ideas create a competitive advantage. It’s not your job or charter to figure out all the details– someone else will do that. You are always looking forward at what could be.
It’s hard to collaborate if you are on two different playing fields. The PM focuses primarily on what is, looking back at things that have already happened on a project. The PS focuses primarily on what could be looking forward at things that haven’t even been thought of yet. The worlds they peer into are opposite. In a meeting, the PS may dread the endless micro-details of problems that the PM shares while the PM can’t figure out the details of what the PS really wants other than a vague, beautiful future. The relationship can break because of these biases. Conflict is not a given, though. Because their views are opposite, the PS and PM also have the opportunity to leverage each other’s’ views and fill each others blind spots. Together, in collaboration, they can make a whole brain, perfect for project success.