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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs or Paradigm of the Human Being as a Whole?
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Which of these approaches is best suited to understanding the human being and therefore applying to the leadership and management of people in the context of projects?
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Luis -

These are just models which means they need to be taken with a grain of salt. Maslow teaches us about the importance in addressing multiple needs and also the danger of over-contributing to a single need in the hopes that motivation will increase, but it is not infallible.

A good PM should educate themselves on multiple models such that their ability to be a situational leader is enhanced.

Kiron
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Dear Kiron
Should you choose an approach?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Sep 15, 2019 7:01 PM
Kiron Bondale
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While your approach to every situation needs to be driven by the context of that situation, if we want a default approach, I'd choose the stance of a servant-leader every time!
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Sep 15, 2019 10:37 AM
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Dear Kiron
Should you choose an approach?
While your approach to every situation needs to be driven by the context of that situation, if we want a default approach, I'd choose the stance of a servant-leader every time!
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Hello Luis, Kiron,

I think Maslow's theory more or less covers the practical issues/aspects of a human life. However, in today's perspective, when we take the context of project management, physiological and safety needs are more or less assumed to be met by the employer by a combination of organizational policy and local law of land.
Employed people are usually expected to maintain a general work ethic whether natural or forced, although, occasionally an outburst or meltdown of an individual may be observed.
There are several factors that come into play based on the industry as well, such as
industry where safety is foremost, industry where self-actualization is primary etc. The personality of the project manager also plays a vital role in choosing the model or approach. I think there is no black & white answer for this.
For eg, Servant-leader approach might work in those industries where human intelligence is the primary resource but may not be a feasible approach where clock-work and brute force outputs matter to get a product out.

Regards,
Deepika
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Sep 16, 2019 2:11 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Just when you think that you don't have to deal with the "lower" layers, something happens that throws you back into them.

One team member's appartment building was destroyed by a fire and subsequent water damage. This person was not thinking of self-esteem or self-actualization for a few weeks as the person had to put priority on finding shelter and clothes.
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Sep 16, 2019 12:03 AM
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Hello Luis, Kiron,

I think Maslow's theory more or less covers the practical issues/aspects of a human life. However, in today's perspective, when we take the context of project management, physiological and safety needs are more or less assumed to be met by the employer by a combination of organizational policy and local law of land.
Employed people are usually expected to maintain a general work ethic whether natural or forced, although, occasionally an outburst or meltdown of an individual may be observed.
There are several factors that come into play based on the industry as well, such as
industry where safety is foremost, industry where self-actualization is primary etc. The personality of the project manager also plays a vital role in choosing the model or approach. I think there is no black & white answer for this.
For eg, Servant-leader approach might work in those industries where human intelligence is the primary resource but may not be a feasible approach where clock-work and brute force outputs matter to get a product out.

Regards,
Deepika
Just when you think that you don't have to deal with the "lower" layers, something happens that throws you back into them.

One team member's appartment building was destroyed by a fire and subsequent water damage. This person was not thinking of self-esteem or self-actualization for a few weeks as the person had to put priority on finding shelter and clothes.

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