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What are your personal “guiding principles” that make you a great project manager?
A guiding principle is essentially a behavioral compass that allows us to recognize if our decision-making process and resulting actions are in proper alignment with the teachings of a principle. It exists at a moral level and, therefore, must be adopted into (i.e., made part of) our being.

What are the guiding principles that have made you what you are (i.e., a great project manager)? If there are multiple, then rank them. It would also be helpful to provide additional context to them and state why they are important to you.
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Dear George
Very interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

If I had to restrict to one principle I would say INTEGRITY

For many people "integrity" is synonymous with "honesty".
Integrity has included honesty and encompasses much more than that.
It is about practicing what you preach. (example, deliver on what you promise)
It is being consistent with yourself and others.
Great question, George!

I'd suggest that The Golden Rule and The Silver Rule are two which I try to live by, not just professionally but personally as well.

The two balance each other well by focusing both on positive behaviors as well as cautioning against negative ones.

Giving bad news to a stakeholder is one instance where these come into play. Not only would I want to be informed in a timely manner, but I would want to be treated fairly so the same applies for our stakeholders.

A more recent one I've "borrowed" from Modern Agile is Make People Awesome. I'd like to be awesome so it stands to reason that others would as well. That was one of the reasons why I got into teaching as I found that was one way to better align what I did with this principle.

Kiron

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 03, 2020 11:25 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Want to share with us what it means: "The Golden Rule and The Silver Rule"?
Jan 03, 2020 10:55 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Great question, George!

I'd suggest that The Golden Rule and The Silver Rule are two which I try to live by, not just professionally but personally as well.

The two balance each other well by focusing both on positive behaviors as well as cautioning against negative ones.

Giving bad news to a stakeholder is one instance where these come into play. Not only would I want to be informed in a timely manner, but I would want to be treated fairly so the same applies for our stakeholders.

A more recent one I've "borrowed" from Modern Agile is Make People Awesome. I'd like to be awesome so it stands to reason that others would as well. That was one of the reasons why I got into teaching as I found that was one way to better align what I did with this principle.

Kiron

Kiron
Dear Kiron
Want to share with us what it means: "The Golden Rule and The Silver Rule"?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Jan 03, 2020 4:46 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Sure Luis -

Golden Rule - Do unto others as you'd want done unto you
Silver Rule - Don't do unto others as you wouldn't want done unto you

Kiron
Dear George

Building trust by being transparent with issues and risks and taking the stakeholders through the journey of the project helps build trusting relationships with your sponsor and stakeholders. It's important to share the state of the project at the right frequency so that they don't feel overwhelmed with the project information but they feel involved enough not to feel unaware with what the real state of the project is. It is a difficult but necessary approach to get right but it will set you apart from other project managers. It does basically boil down what Luis mentioned which was to practice what you preach, deliver what you promise.
George,

Great project managers are the ones we trust. They need to be true, that is making good decisions, being transparent and honest to the team.
Dear George
A book by Ray Dalio with the title "Principles" came to hand recently.

From Bill Gates's comments: "Ray Dalio has provided me with invaluable guidance and insights that are now within your reach in the book Principles."

and of

Tony Robins: "I have concluded that it is truly extraordinary. Each page is filled with principles of excellence and revelation - and I love the elegant way Ray embodies his story and his life."

it's promising :-)
After a quick read (which deserves to be deepened), Ray Dalio shares 5 life principles:
1- Accept reality and deal with it
2- Use the 5 step process to get what you want from life
A- Have clear objectives
B- Identify and not tolerate the problems that stand in your way to achieve these goals.
C- Accurately diagnose problems to get to root causes
D- Design plans that help solve problems
E- Do whatever it takes to move these projects forward to achieve results
3- Have a radical open-mindedness
4. Understand that people have very different connections.
5- Learn to make effective decisions.
Humility.
I am not striving to be a great project manager.

My goal now after retirement is to help others to become better.

Everybody of them needs something different. For all of them I hope they become good humans and leaders. So if you look for principles of a good leader, check the literature, which is basically on the same page as it pertains to leadership capabilities. And again, every individual needs something different in different situations.
Jan 03, 2020 11:25 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Want to share with us what it means: "The Golden Rule and The Silver Rule"?
Sure Luis -

Golden Rule - Do unto others as you'd want done unto you
Silver Rule - Don't do unto others as you wouldn't want done unto you

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 04, 2020 7:44 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thanks for clarifying
"Golden Rule - Do unto others as you'd want done unto you
Silver Rule - Don't do unto others as you wouldn't want done unto you"
Treat everyone with respect, help others to attain their objectives, have patience, inspire, motivate and innove.
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