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I don't believe there are triggers to behave in a fair manner - our default position should be one of fairness.
Also, fairness should go beyond just equality of treatment as we could treat everyone equally bad but I don't know that others would characterize our behavior as being "fair".
Speek with truth and candor.
Beside the fairness which defined by PMI code ethic (both
Mandatory and aspirational standard-8-pages) ,the PM should be humble as people can be counted they are not just numbers.
Being "fair" is subjective. Far better to treat people with equal respect - leave fair out of it.
Gretta, Thank you for posting this probing question. I see fair as quite subjective. When I am making a decision, I force myself to try to look at the situation through the eyes of different individuals. What is fair for one person, might seem unfair to another. Understanding these different perspectives can shed some light onto available options. When it comes down to it, leaders need to make a decision and move forward. I think that in order to have a "fair" decision, there needs to be transparent communication.
So, do I make a decision on what I think is fair based on my experience or, do I make a decision based on what I think the other person considers fair based on their experience, or do I make a decision based on what society thinks is fair not knowing the circumstances leading up to the decision?
Make decisions based on facts and logic not some arbitrary concept of fairness.
I believe treating all people equally is great for us, to be fair. Some of our decisions, maybe not true but treating all people equally make us respect ourselves at least, although we didn't do well.
Is it fair to treat people equally when not all people behave unequally? Take for example the hard working, high output team member compared to the socialite who rarely gets the assignment done and what is done is sub-standard. Is it fair to give them equal consideration for compensation or promotion?
I resonate the words of journalist Brit Hume "Fairness is not an attitude. It's a professional skill that must be developed and exercised".
For me fairness is a distinct ubiquitous human value, an observed behavior of myself or others that triggers emotions.
It is one of the key emotions that determines lifes and drives our daily decisions.
I know a woman who became a teacher for handicapped because she was touched observing 2 handicapped kids in her class when she was 8-10 who did not receive the needed attention by the teacher. She had a drive to help (and now observe yourself, do might be touched by this story alone).
Movies use fairness to make you cry.
On the other hand an observed unfairness is the root cause for demonstrations, revolutions (remember the French revolution motto: liberte, fraternite, egalite(!)), terrorists. (do you feel anger, aggression when you see unfair treatment?).
Fairness involves a comparison and a strive for reciprocity, other than respect which is based on loss aversion (of a status perceived). It (as a feeling and value) has been developed during evolution as working together and sharing (with the trust in getting back in times of need) improved the odds of survival. It is not only a human treat, some mammals also exhibit fairness.
It is a key base of our society, economy, for money and trust.
Being fair can be hard, as this value competes with other values, which creates ethical dilemmas. The first step to make it easier is to be aware of your one feelings and priorities, be able to intercept them and develop empathy to understand those of others. Which is emotional intelligence.
I found the technique of reframing/changing perspectives/divergent thinking very helpful to become more fair.
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