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Social relations beyond the celebrations
In your opinion, can the project manager socially relate in addition to the project's successful celebration parties and company-organized parties?
- With team members
- With internal stakeholders (Intermediate Managers, Top Managers)
- With external stakeholders

What are the pros and cons?
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In my opinion a project manager shuld socially relate with all levels (teams, internal and external stake holders) in company-organized parties, this will strengthen personal relationships and
create a good working environment
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 24, 2019 1:44 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daniel
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
Absolutely. Relationships can certainly go beyond the confines of the office. Doesn't have to be that way, we obviously have a choice, but in a leadership role, should take time to enjoy the company of team, peers, leadership, etc.

As always, act professionally and responsibly.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 24, 2019 1:44 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Andrew
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
I think social relations with all type of stakeholders contribute to project success because promotes team cohesion and gain confidence from external stakeholders.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 24, 2019 1:45 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Veronica
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
To quote the title of Parkinson & Rustomji's famous book "Business is People". If we want to succeed at the former, we need to build bridges with the latter.

Year end social events are a good opportunity for PMs to build or repair those bridges and also to thank the key stakeholders who helped them over the past year.

But as Andrew has said, PMs are leaders and hence are held to a higher standard of behavior so self-control and professionalism are critical regardless of how "open" the bar might be...

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 24, 2019 1:45 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
Luis

I agree with Kiron and Andrew.

It's always good to be social even if you are in a leadership role as projects eventually comes to an end, people change jobs and so on so what remains is the sense of friendship you established with those individuals - Just make sure to establish boarders so people don't mix between friendship and business especially those who work directly with you.

RK
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 24, 2019 1:46 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Rami
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
Dec 24, 2019 7:12 AM
Replying to DANIEL ALFONSO MORENO ROJAS
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In my opinion a project manager shuld socially relate with all levels (teams, internal and external stake holders) in company-organized parties, this will strengthen personal relationships and
create a good working environment
Dear Daniel
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
Dec 24, 2019 8:03 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Absolutely. Relationships can certainly go beyond the confines of the office. Doesn't have to be that way, we obviously have a choice, but in a leadership role, should take time to enjoy the company of team, peers, leadership, etc.

As always, act professionally and responsibly.
Dear Andrew
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
Dec 24, 2019 9:38 AM
Replying to Verónica Elizabeth Pozo Ruiz
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I think social relations with all type of stakeholders contribute to project success because promotes team cohesion and gain confidence from external stakeholders.
Dear Veronica
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
Dec 24, 2019 9:51 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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To quote the title of Parkinson & Rustomji's famous book "Business is People". If we want to succeed at the former, we need to build bridges with the latter.

Year end social events are a good opportunity for PMs to build or repair those bridges and also to thank the key stakeholders who helped them over the past year.

But as Andrew has said, PMs are leaders and hence are held to a higher standard of behavior so self-control and professionalism are critical regardless of how "open" the bar might be...

Kiron
Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Dec 24, 2019 5:24 PM
Kiron Bondale
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I think the only cons are related to any inappropriate behavior on the part of the PM. Part of the accountability for a good PM is to build a high-performing team with supportive stakeholders so encouraging good social interaction is part & parcel of that.

All told, a PM who tries to be an "island" will not be a particularly effective leader.

Kiron
Dec 24, 2019 12:19 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Luis

I agree with Kiron and Andrew.

It's always good to be social even if you are in a leadership role as projects eventually comes to an end, people change jobs and so on so what remains is the sense of friendship you established with those individuals - Just make sure to establish boarders so people don't mix between friendship and business especially those who work directly with you.

RK
Dear Rami
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
May have some cons?

Weighing the pros and cons, what is the best decision to make?
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