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Monday, June 13, 2005


I think its more a combination of honesty and integrity that will bring your team to be loyal and excited about the project at hand. If I say to my team they are doing a "great job" and "keep up the good work!" then it may be misconstrued as flattery with is often met with skepticism and halfheartedness. But if I instead, back up my claims with summer Friday's or free lunch after they've worked a hard shift, then I find that I am met with appreciation and cooperation.

Just trying to generate discussion, and making the point that communication should reflect the actual situation. It has to be more than a postcard approach.


While your points are all good ones Im not 100% sure what they have to do with what I wrote. :-)

Im not saying over celebrate or communicate only good news. Im talking about quick communication of all information. Im talking about team members often being starved for info about a project and how being different in that way can inspire a kind of loyalty that would make resources WANT to work for you as a PM.

I was not saying be dishonst or put marketing spin on anything and Im not talking about rose and chocolate bribes.

Im talking about creating a dialog between PM and resource that exceeds expectations.


Sorry Brian, I'm going to have to play the Devil's advocate here:

We tried the handwritten postcard thing last week, but it didn't help with attrition. :-)

Convincing people that their project has a hopeful future and paying them at least market rate seems to be a stronger bet. Being honest with them about the work and their participation in it is better than a box of chocolate and some roses.

In fact, I have found that an overabundance of good news and celebration is a "BAD SIGN" on a project and undermines confidence in leadership.

Honesty is the best policy. A project is not a first date.

I can only think that you've been reading too much gaping void or one of those other marketing blogs! :-)

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