Magazine article PM Network

Code of Conduct

Magazine article PM Network

Code of Conduct

Article excerpt

A consistent value system helps projects run more smoothly.

I recently worked with a client who had a reputation for being "difficult." The project at hand was a team development workshop, and we met to discuss the needs and expectations in terms of content, approach, language and context. Based on the conversation, I constructed an oudine and then developed materials to support the workshop.

As we reviewed both the flow and content, it was clear we were a good match. It turns out he wasn't difficult, but rather exacting - very precise and committed to the team's needs. What was unusual was that the company was as aware and focused on the individual team members longterm career plans as it was on his or her current role. This, for me, was both refreshing and motivating.

On talking further, my client and I discovered we shared common values and ethics:

* Trust, honesty and openness

* Professional integrity

* Personal commitment

* Passion and enthusiasm

That compatibility helped make our work experience and the resulting workshop successful. Collaborating with someone who has similar values results in a much more meaningful interaction for all participants. Conversations are conducted with similar language, project goals are consistently understood and there is genuine striving to succeed. Also, team members receive consistent messages.

Common Culture

Project managers are more effective when they're able to articulate the values, beliefs and ethics with the individuals they hope to shape as a team.

This requires companies to have clearly defined ethics and values that are communicated across the organization. …

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