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I am quite positive the majority of practitioners would only accept praise while noting the significant contribution of the team member(s).
This would likely be repeated in the event of an award nomination.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
What do you think is the role, functions and activities of a project manager?
How do you view the situation:
Receive the laurels of project success and share them with the team?
The point is: what is the purpose of recognition? On the other side, like you see when some team achieve a championship the captain takes the price but the whole team is recognized and the captain assure that.
The captain is usually one of the best players from the team while the PM is usually not the best worker from the project team. In IT in many cases the PM is not even a worker(player) and as such he can't be a captain.
For each, acceptance would be on behalf of the team.
In a team setting, we have to be careful when placing too much emphasis on the individual. Each role, player, personality has its own dynamics and influence. And like in sports, the team would earn the prestige and the award, and each team member could hold that award proudly over their head as a contributor to the overall success garnered by the team.
This is less of a concern in organizations which have gone through an agile transformation successfully as they recognize the need to balance individual recognition with team-level recognition.
I'd compare this to the Academy Awards. Only one individual can receive the award for Best Film, but they will always thank all the key contributors. It is fine if the PM is the point of contact for receiving accolades but they should make sure that they accept it on behalf of the team members and other contributors.
They should also make a point of recognizing their team members and (hopefully) providing good references for future projects.
If you are not one of the best players then you would be a substitute and most of the time you would not be on the field. The captain must always be on the field and when he isn't other player that is on the field becomes acting captain.
Take as an example Lionel Messi, he is one of the best football players in the world, if not the best, and he is the captain of both of his club and national team.
Cristiano Ronaldo is another one of the best players but he is not the captain of his club team Juventus. Juventu's captain's however is one of the best players of the teams even if probably not the best.
You can't have a substitute as a captain even if that substitute has great leadership skills. Many PMs however are not even substitutes they are not players at all as they don't do the actual work.
Dear Adrian e Sergio
Can we compare the Project Manager to the captain of a football team?
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