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Sharing some tips on ethics in Project management and its importance :
What is ethics: Ethics is about making the best possible decisions
concerning people, resources, and the environment. Ethical choices reduce the risk, advance positive results, increase trust, determine long-term success, and build reputations, ethics lead to trust, which leads to leadership, which in turn leads to project success. Not only do ethics allow us to act in a way consistent with our beliefs, but they’re also a key to executing projects successfully. As a project manager, you must be sensitive to ethics at your place of work.

Just some tips that can be used to integrate Ethics into your projects.

Providing full disclosure to your teams, clients, and stakeholders.
Notifying your teams about conflicts of interest.
Avoid ethical dilemmas in project management, and keep your work, professional and focused on the common goal.
Speaking up -as a leader in project management, you have the ethical duty to stand up for what is right.
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Bukola,

good question, good tips and good views.
There is a good HBR article helping us to understand how to become more ethical:
https://hbr.org/2020/01/building-an-ethical-career

Thomas
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1 reply by BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
Sep 23, 2022 8:17 AM
BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
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Thanks
Ethic is beyond project management. Mainly because most of the organizations where projects are running have a code of ethics in place.
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1 reply by BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
Sep 23, 2022 8:16 AM
BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
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To my knowledge and understanding both works hand in hand, not only do ethics allow us to act in a way consistent with our beliefs, they are a key to executing projects successfully, This is because ethics leads to trust, which leads to leadership, which in turn leads to project success.
Sep 23, 2022 6:32 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Ethic is beyond project management. Mainly because most of the organizations where projects are running have a code of ethics in place.
To my knowledge and understanding both works hand in hand, not only do ethics allow us to act in a way consistent with our beliefs, they are a key to executing projects successfully, This is because ethics leads to trust, which leads to leadership, which in turn leads to project success.
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1 reply by Thomas Walenta
Sep 23, 2022 9:15 AM
Thomas Walenta
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Well, we all are members of many communities who all have a certain set of acceptable behaviors. And we are able to deal with those sometimes conflicting behavioral expectations, and sometimes run into contrasting expectations Conflicts of Interest (CoI).

Some of these expectations amount to ethical standards, codified or not.

I would expect an MD working for a pharmaceutical company to adhere to both his professional ethics and those of the company and also any other constraints to his work e.g. imposed by regulations.

So I would expect a PM adhering to a professional code he signed (PMI or IPMA or else) AND also the codes he faces by his employer or a client as well as laws and regulations.
And openly sharing any CoI.
Sep 22, 2022 2:30 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Bukola,

good question, good tips and good views.
There is a good HBR article helping us to understand how to become more ethical:
https://hbr.org/2020/01/building-an-ethical-career

Thomas
Thanks
Sep 23, 2022 8:16 AM
Replying to BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
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To my knowledge and understanding both works hand in hand, not only do ethics allow us to act in a way consistent with our beliefs, they are a key to executing projects successfully, This is because ethics leads to trust, which leads to leadership, which in turn leads to project success.
Well, we all are members of many communities who all have a certain set of acceptable behaviors. And we are able to deal with those sometimes conflicting behavioral expectations, and sometimes run into contrasting expectations Conflicts of Interest (CoI).

Some of these expectations amount to ethical standards, codified or not.

I would expect an MD working for a pharmaceutical company to adhere to both his professional ethics and those of the company and also any other constraints to his work e.g. imposed by regulations.

So I would expect a PM adhering to a professional code he signed (PMI or IPMA or else) AND also the codes he faces by his employer or a client as well as laws and regulations.
And openly sharing any CoI.
Certainly agree with you on that, but I don't want you to forget the fact that the ethics in question is in relation to project management, which a fact is a broad topic. I decided to bring out a few points to help aspiring managers along the way, thanks for the contribution will go through your article as well, as no knowledge is wasted.
Good read.
Thank you for sharing
Adhering to Ethics in Project Management serves as a guidepost and framework for the Project Management Professionals that will help us in our daily decision making process and establishment of trusted relationship with our stakeholders. By adhering to the ethical standards, we are able to clearly navigate our projects towards success without personal conflicts of interest. Review of ethical standards at the beginning of each project during the kick-off meeting has worked for me in the past.
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1 reply by BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
Sep 24, 2022 1:24 PM
BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
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Thanks for the contribution.
Dear Bukola
I carefully read your definition of ethics: "Ethics is about making the best possible decisions
concerning people, resources, and the environment"
Honestly, I was wondering what it is about: "making the best possible decisions".

Ethics is so elastic these days that I end up not knowing what it is to make the best possible decisions.
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1 reply by BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
Sep 24, 2022 1:35 PM
BUKOLA BAMIDELE-AINA
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Making the best possible decision involves you putting in some work for your ethical decision-making, I will highlight a few of these which include Identifying what the ethical issues are. Getting your fact right, Evaluate the alternative options and actions that you have, and lastly, try to implement your decisions and reflect on the outcome to be able to make the right and best decisions,

Also, you must be able to seek out resources such as professional guidelines and organizational policies, another approach you can use to get the best ethical decision-making is the Utilitarianism Approach, this approach helps to weigh the different amounts of good and bad that will be produced by your actions.
Sep 23, 2022 12:17 PM
Replying to arlene trimble
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Adhering to Ethics in Project Management serves as a guidepost and framework for the Project Management Professionals that will help us in our daily decision making process and establishment of trusted relationship with our stakeholders. By adhering to the ethical standards, we are able to clearly navigate our projects towards success without personal conflicts of interest. Review of ethical standards at the beginning of each project during the kick-off meeting has worked for me in the past.
Thanks for the contribution.
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