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How we Think about Respect in our Professional Roles
We all know what Respect means. But what does it mean to you as you navigate your professional roles, responsibilities, interactions, and career aspirations?
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There are three levels of respect for folks working as part of an agile team.

1. Respect for the product - e.g. don't increase technical debt
2. Respect for each other - e.g. act with radical candor
3. Respect for ourselves - e.g. don't stay silent when we are being asked to take on more work than can be delivered in a sustainable, quality fashion

When it comes to delivery, courage & respect go hand in hand...

Kiron
In my opinion respect must be earned. Everyone is owed civility, but respect is something far deeper. I'll have to think of a way to explain the difference between 'civility' and 'respect' as they relate to the business world.
Respect is a pre-requisite for diversity, it means tolerance, self-control of xenophobic bias, counter-racism and curiosity for other cultures. Diversity is needed to make things happen, be creative, be successful in projects.

We should respect others, resources entrusted to us and ourselves.
Vice versa we should understand that we need to be respected by others in our roles, behaviors, attitude, status. If somebody attacks our status (=does not respect who we think we are), which means they attack our identity, we feel hurt and may react emotionally. Self-control can mitigate such feelings and help us gain more insight in our own identity.
Dear Andrew
Interesting is your question
Thanks for sharing

In addition to what Kiron states and the explanation in the PMI Code of Ethics (with which I fully agree), Respect means first of all:
- Accept
- Value (give value)

The opinions of others, ways of being and thinking (even if different from ours)

It's still SUM (or, in other words, create Synergy)
I was curious to see how the question would be interpreted amongst the different individual experiences here. Really great responses thus far. Thank you. Keep 'em coming!
Thank you, for the responses.


@Kiron: Absolutely. And you are tieing into my next discussion, which was planned to be on 'Courage'. Totally agree. And with your responses. one would certainly need courage to enact those areas of respect.


@Eric: Now's the time! Hopefully, you have some time off for the holidays. What better way to spend it than thinking about respect in the workplace :) I agree that respect is not a given. That it is a two-way street to earn respect and give respect.


@Thomas: Very interesting points.I can hear the passion through your words. I like how you tie respect and tolerance of diversity together. It was not what I had in mind when posing the question within the confines of our professional roles. Certainly, there is a connection. If we are unable to respect diversity, then all else is lost. Also seems there is a tie into bullying in the workplace.


@Luis: Thank you. Your response of accept also seems to tie in with what Thomas brought to the discussion - diversity, and tolerance of. I'm curious about your response of value. Could you provide additional insight as to how you see its relation to respect?


Thanks again, everyone!
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Dec 27, 2019 4:37 PM
Kiron Bondale
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I felt strongly about these, so I wrote a couple of blog articles on each of these Scrum values a year back :-)

https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/45216/Show-respect-

https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/42872/Have-courage-

Kiron
Andrew

Respect the client but delivery Value Products.
Respect your team members, their Experience and Backgrounds.
Respect for one’s self, their dignity and reputation.

RK
Andrew,

Respect can have many meanings,
- Respect should start in ourselfs, self-respect.
- Respect can also be a feeling that leads to obedience and compliance with some norms ( respect for the law, respect for company rules etc..).
- To be respected we should respect the others first, members of our team, clients, all persons with we interact.
- Respect in some cultures could mean admiration, reputation, but in others could mean to be polite, submiss, fear in general for me respect is treat the others with tolerance, and accept the differences, listen their opinions, be polite.

I do not agree that the respect must be earned, we should respect everybody, nevertheless we could loose the respect if not treated with respect.

The respect should be transversal in our life.

Alexandre.
Dec 27, 2019 12:25 PM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Thank you, for the responses.


@Kiron: Absolutely. And you are tieing into my next discussion, which was planned to be on 'Courage'. Totally agree. And with your responses. one would certainly need courage to enact those areas of respect.


@Eric: Now's the time! Hopefully, you have some time off for the holidays. What better way to spend it than thinking about respect in the workplace :) I agree that respect is not a given. That it is a two-way street to earn respect and give respect.


@Thomas: Very interesting points.I can hear the passion through your words. I like how you tie respect and tolerance of diversity together. It was not what I had in mind when posing the question within the confines of our professional roles. Certainly, there is a connection. If we are unable to respect diversity, then all else is lost. Also seems there is a tie into bullying in the workplace.


@Luis: Thank you. Your response of accept also seems to tie in with what Thomas brought to the discussion - diversity, and tolerance of. I'm curious about your response of value. Could you provide additional insight as to how you see its relation to respect?


Thanks again, everyone!
I felt strongly about these, so I wrote a couple of blog articles on each of these Scrum values a year back :-)

https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/45216/Show-respect-

https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/42872/Have-courage-

Kiron
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
Dec 27, 2019 5:32 PM
Andrew Craig
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I'm not surprised. And, yes, I remember!
Dec 27, 2019 4:37 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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I felt strongly about these, so I wrote a couple of blog articles on each of these Scrum values a year back :-)

https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/45216/Show-respect-

https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/42872/Have-courage-

Kiron
I'm not surprised. And, yes, I remember!
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