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Project Communications Part 11 – Communication and Ethics

“What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.” Vilhjalmur Stefansson “Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.” Freda Adler What is the purpose of “communication”? A simple answer would be to share data between individuals, but that is a very simplistic

Bagging Groceries Taught Me Everything I Needed to Know About Being an Executive Part 12

“Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life.” Napoleon Hill “You've got to give loyalty down, if you want loyalty up.” Donald T Regan Lesson 12. Large organizations can be schizophrenic. What was accepted and widely practiced can suddenly become a problem. You must be loyal and protect your employees from the organization itself when necessary. My first “real” job was at Piggly Wiggly Southern®, a grocery store chain that was primarily bas

Project Management Ethics and Professional Conduct – Part 4

“To expect life to treat you good is foolish as hoping a bull won't hit you because you are a vegetarian.” Roseanne Barr “The world isn't fair, Calvin." "I know Dad, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?” Bill Watterson, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury This blog is going to discuss the “Fairness” Standard referenced in the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. All quotes below are from the PMI Instit

Project Management Ethics and Professional Conduct – Part 2

“There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.” Woody Allen “People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.” Stephen King, The Stand We are going deeper into the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. I have previously discussed some of the theories applying to the broader discussion of “Ethics”, explained how the PMI code is organized

Project Management Ethics and Professional Conduct – Part 1

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” C. S. Lewis “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” John F. Kennedy No one likes to be blamed when things go wrong, but taking responsibility is a big part of being a good Project Manager. It easy to “own” the project when all the Earned Value and Quality reports look good, but how do you react when things are going wrong? Over the past couple of weeks I discu

A Word About Virtue

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” Buddha “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” Marcus Aurelius "Only a virtuous people

What Does “Ethics” Mean to You?

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.” Aristotle “Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.” Thomas Paine, Rights of Man I thought it would be interesting to do a series of articles on the Project Management Institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, but in researching that I realized that the topic deserved

"Accepting" a Project: The Ethical Choice of the Project Charter

The sponsor of the project has completed the Project Charter. The Charter describes the business need of the Project, a high level description of the Scope, and may tie to the organizations Strategic Plan. These are all tied to the Business Case that was made in order to get the project funded and prioritized. It is the official document that formally authorized the project, gives the Project Manager the authority to get the project started, and may contain items such as the