Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video Question 5, part of Project Management Foundations: Ethics (2016).
- That's very difficult.…You want a sounding board, you have some concerns,…and you want to share.…It is the responsibility of a project manager…to tell the captain the status of his or her ship.…So it's difficult when you that pushback from,…and not wanting to hear that bad news.…Couple of things to consider.…We're talking about another human being…who's dealing with whatever.…They may be getting 300 emails a day…and have 27 other problems…that are more important than yours,…as much as that may be difficult to consider.…
On the other hand,…it may be that they just aren't comfortable…dealing with this.…They're not good with projects.…They may even be an accidental sponsor…as I call it.…They didn't even want this role.…So there's a number of factors that come to play here.…So think about that first.…The second thing that you need to think about is…how can you help this person solve this problem?…Interestingly enough, people seem to me…to react to two things:…one, pain, or some great opportunity.…
I'll often call that the gold ring.…
BONUS: In the bonus chapter, Bob answers seven questions about specific ethical dilemmas: sharing information, resolving conflicts over standards, communicating with stakeholders, reporting project status honestly, and more.
- Describe three ethical values used in project management.
- Identify three strategies for showing regard for time and brainpower when communicating.
- Explain the consequences of violating a mandatory ethical standard put forth by PMI.
- Summarize the characteristics of PMI’s aspirational standards.
- Determine whether a situation provides evidence for an aspirational standard.
- Recognize three common challenges present during projection initiation and planning.