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What is the best way to build the discipline?
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One of the most integral parts of individuals managing the project is discipline. While each leader has their own perspectives and methods of operations, I am curious to find what is the best way to build the discipline?

Do please share your perspectives, learnings, and experience around discipline.
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As per my poin of view disciplin can be insituated in individual by providing job satisfaction, equity, career development, benefits and rewards, motivation and fair progression in career.
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Dec 21, 2017 11:01 AM
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Mansoor, thanks for input comment. does makes sense.
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In my opinion, setting and executing goals, by doing priority assessment,learning new things and mastering any skill set.
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Dec 21, 2017 11:31 AM
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Kaleemuddin, sounds precise to me. Thank you
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My suggestion is to apply governance parameters that guide practitioners to adhere to the desired discipline. Of course, mentoring and coaching from senior/knowledgeable PMs is inherent to developing the necessary skills for expected performance.
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Dec 21, 2017 11:07 AM
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T. K. Gaughan, thanks for your response. I takeaway governance parameters, mentoring, coaching, developing the necessary skills for expected performance. Thank you.
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I'd say lead by example- adopt and display good practices so your team members pick up those good habits
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Anand -

Till it becomes second-nature or you hit Gladwell's 10,000 hour threshold, using checklists, following a playbook or using a coach are all ways to start to build discipline into your PM approaches.

This is why it helps for many PMs to start out as PA's/PCOs supporting a senior, disciplined PM on one or two large projects or programs.

Monkey see, monkey do!

Kiron
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Dec 21, 2017 11:11 AM
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Kiron, thank you. Very well said "Monkey see, monkey do!" I takeaway 10,000 hour threshold, checklists, playbook, using a coach, PA's/PCOs supporting a senior. Thanks.
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Discipline is about deferring immediate gratification for long-term gain. By constantly practising control of your personal and professional urges, you can build the the discipline to achieve your goals.

For example, refrain from answering questions unless absolutely necessary. Instead, help people work through their own answers.
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Dec 21, 2017 11:15 AM
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Stephane, thanks for your response I takeaway - deferring immediate gratification, constantly practice, control urges, focus achieving goals, responding relevant communications, helping people find their own answers. Excellent inputs. I appreciate it.
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Definition of discipline: "the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience". Is you like to be successful in project management then search for other term. That is the problem with culture. I understand you are from India where the culture is totally different like in South America where I am from. At the end, the term must not be used in project management unless you are using it in this other definition: "a branch of knowledge, typically one studied in higher education".
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Dec 21, 2017 11:26 AM
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Sergo Luis Conte, I agree with the dictionary definition. While we refer that meaning, it does also mean something different in the context of individuals understanding.

I am curious to learn what the best way to build the discipline (not from punishment point of view) That also dos not reflect upon the culture, as I mainly managed projects for American customers as well in India.

To agree with you I am not using the term in project management but referring it to the context of individuals who manages projects. The term can be considered under Leadership, PMO, Resource Management. Thanks for your guidelines. Appreciate that.
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Dec 21, 2017 3:11 AM
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As per my poin of view disciplin can be insituated in individual by providing job satisfaction, equity, career development, benefits and rewards, motivation and fair progression in career.
Mansoor, thanks for input comment. does makes sense.
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Dec 21, 2017 6:38 AM
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My suggestion is to apply governance parameters that guide practitioners to adhere to the desired discipline. Of course, mentoring and coaching from senior/knowledgeable PMs is inherent to developing the necessary skills for expected performance.
T. K. Gaughan, thanks for your response. I takeaway governance parameters, mentoring, coaching, developing the necessary skills for expected performance. Thank you.
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Dec 21, 2017 8:27 AM
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Anand -

Till it becomes second-nature or you hit Gladwell's 10,000 hour threshold, using checklists, following a playbook or using a coach are all ways to start to build discipline into your PM approaches.

This is why it helps for many PMs to start out as PA's/PCOs supporting a senior, disciplined PM on one or two large projects or programs.

Monkey see, monkey do!

Kiron
Kiron, thank you. Very well said "Monkey see, monkey do!" I takeaway 10,000 hour threshold, checklists, playbook, using a coach, PA's/PCOs supporting a senior. Thanks.
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