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What are the ethicals dilemmas you had last year? What lessons can you share??
Exchanging experiences is a great way to learn from others and to gather new ideas.

So, as the new year is beginning:
- Did you face any ethical issues in your projects last year?
- How did you solve them?
- What are the lessons learnt you could share with us?

Let's share experiences, even the painful ones!
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Both while on RFPs or off, had multiple situations with constantly being offered gifts and unsolicited meal offers by companies from a specific geographical area/culture and when I didn't accept them, they claimed it was cultural for them.
Had to explain (and still do) that these gifts were unethical in our company culture and the best way for them to honour us was presenting the best possible solutions/proposals.
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2 replies by Fabio Rigamonti and Stéphane Parent
Jan 10, 2020 8:39 AM
Fabio Rigamonti
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That's always a big topic!
Thanks for bringing it up, and sharing your nice way to decline it
Jan 10, 2020 9:25 AM
Stéphane Parent
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I remember this topic in a previous discussion. Most organizations allow gifts below a certain threshold. Being self-employed, I sometimes make small gifts to colleagues and managers. My goal is not to influence the decision-making process. My goal is to simply generate goodwill.
Dear Fábio
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

I recently created a topic about Fairness and Project Management

https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...t=asc&pageNum=1

To be able to behave in line with the PMI Code of Ethics is essential:
1. Read the code of ethics
2. Understand the Code of Ethics Principles well
3. Talk about (debate) the Code of Ethics Principles (deepen our knowledge)
4. Know Ethical Decision-Making Framework
5. Be aligned with the Code of Ethics Principles and the Ethical Decision-Making Framework

Since the vast majority of Project Managers (in our community) simply "click the button", we are witnessing non-alignment with the Code of Ethics Principles every day.
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1 reply by Fabio Rigamonti
Jan 12, 2020 8:44 AM
Fabio Rigamonti
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That's true, thanks Luis!
"Since the vast majority of Project Managers (in our community) simply "click the button", we are witnessing non-alignment with the Code of Ethics Principles every day."
Fortunately, not that much.
Jan 10, 2020 2:59 AM
Replying to Joao Sarmento
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Both while on RFPs or off, had multiple situations with constantly being offered gifts and unsolicited meal offers by companies from a specific geographical area/culture and when I didn't accept them, they claimed it was cultural for them.
Had to explain (and still do) that these gifts were unethical in our company culture and the best way for them to honour us was presenting the best possible solutions/proposals.
That's always a big topic!
Thanks for bringing it up, and sharing your nice way to decline it
Fabio,

It didn't happen last year. It is still in many projects.

It has to do with individual ethic. You know that bonuses, when they exist, are based on potential profits. When you identify risk and put values to them you decrease potential profits.
People downplay the value of risk or just don't admit risk.

How to solve it, is beyond the project, it is in corporate Human resources management.
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1 reply by Joao Sarmento
Jan 10, 2020 9:07 AM
Joao Sarmento
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Hi Vincent,

I agree with you regarding the risks involved with such "bonuses" and the way people downplay them.
Within the corporate environment, HR should work and foster this ethical mindset explaining risks (and providing examples), and creating a company culture that does not tolerate such behaviours. This should be a recurrent team.
I work and discuss these topics with my teams and although I believe I had success with this, one never knows for sure...
Jan 10, 2020 8:48 AM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Fabio,

It didn't happen last year. It is still in many projects.

It has to do with individual ethic. You know that bonuses, when they exist, are based on potential profits. When you identify risk and put values to them you decrease potential profits.
People downplay the value of risk or just don't admit risk.

How to solve it, is beyond the project, it is in corporate Human resources management.
Hi Vincent,

I agree with you regarding the risks involved with such "bonuses" and the way people downplay them.
Within the corporate environment, HR should work and foster this ethical mindset explaining risks (and providing examples), and creating a company culture that does not tolerate such behaviours. This should be a recurrent team.
I work and discuss these topics with my teams and although I believe I had success with this, one never knows for sure...
Jan 10, 2020 2:59 AM
Replying to Joao Sarmento
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Both while on RFPs or off, had multiple situations with constantly being offered gifts and unsolicited meal offers by companies from a specific geographical area/culture and when I didn't accept them, they claimed it was cultural for them.
Had to explain (and still do) that these gifts were unethical in our company culture and the best way for them to honour us was presenting the best possible solutions/proposals.
I remember this topic in a previous discussion. Most organizations allow gifts below a certain threshold. Being self-employed, I sometimes make small gifts to colleagues and managers. My goal is not to influence the decision-making process. My goal is to simply generate goodwill.
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1 reply by Joao Sarmento
Jan 10, 2020 9:34 AM
Joao Sarmento
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Hi Stéphane,

Perhaps I should've had elaborated better... We are not talking about small non-expensive gifts or merchandising... and I believe their expect results is much more than goodwill :)
I agree with the threshold, since common sense sometimes is not that common at all...
Jan 10, 2020 9:25 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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I remember this topic in a previous discussion. Most organizations allow gifts below a certain threshold. Being self-employed, I sometimes make small gifts to colleagues and managers. My goal is not to influence the decision-making process. My goal is to simply generate goodwill.
Hi Stéphane,

Perhaps I should've had elaborated better... We are not talking about small non-expensive gifts or merchandising... and I believe their expect results is much more than goodwill :)
I agree with the threshold, since common sense sometimes is not that common at all...
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Jan 10, 2020 11:17 AM
Stéphane Parent
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That's true, João. Whether the organization sets a threshold, it's good to set a personal, lower one, if need be.

We know ourselves best when it comes to receiving gifts. If a $15 restaurant tab makes me feel indebted then I will refuse to have someone else pay it.
Jan 10, 2020 9:34 AM
Replying to Joao Sarmento
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Hi Stéphane,

Perhaps I should've had elaborated better... We are not talking about small non-expensive gifts or merchandising... and I believe their expect results is much more than goodwill :)
I agree with the threshold, since common sense sometimes is not that common at all...
That's true, João. Whether the organization sets a threshold, it's good to set a personal, lower one, if need be.

We know ourselves best when it comes to receiving gifts. If a $15 restaurant tab makes me feel indebted then I will refuse to have someone else pay it.
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1 reply by Joao Sarmento
Jan 10, 2020 11:25 AM
Joao Sarmento
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Touché!
That lack of common sense I see happening a lot... People feel indebted for small things and think they will keep getting them without making any long term considerations/analysis...
Jan 10, 2020 11:17 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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That's true, João. Whether the organization sets a threshold, it's good to set a personal, lower one, if need be.

We know ourselves best when it comes to receiving gifts. If a $15 restaurant tab makes me feel indebted then I will refuse to have someone else pay it.
Touché!
That lack of common sense I see happening a lot... People feel indebted for small things and think they will keep getting them without making any long term considerations/analysis...
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