Showing posts with label value. Show all posts
Showing posts with label value. Show all posts

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Framing and Context

I have been working on a Ted Talk about framing and context.  So much of the information that we receive has been framed to the context in which the speaker intends.  Gone are the days of true fact reporting.  The news now is always slanted to the left or right depending on what station you watch.  Our social media uses echo chambers to deliver information based on what we have liked or seen before.  No matter which political party you follow, there is a steady stream of information to bolster the belief of divisive issues.

For instance, I watched a report on Fox News recently that stated the left was trying to remove the word “man” from our vocabulary.  Would they force Manchester or Goldman Sachs to change their names?  I thought, that can’t be true.  I did my own research and found the report they were referencing.  It was a study out of a college that stated you should try to not use man-made or man-days and offered alternatives.  Whether you think that is a good idea or not, they certainly were not doing what Fox News had said.  The same can be said of many reports regardless of what network.  It made me reflect on what I had just done.  How many people sought out the truth to form their own opinion versus believing what the broadcaster had said.  I found the election coverage comical on both sides as pundits would ask, “Why do you want to vote for this person?”  The responses were the steady stream of talking points provided.  When really pressed, the person could not come up with a personal reason.

I read something in the USA Today yesterday that hit me squarely.  There has been a recent feud between what one person said over the other.  Penn Jilette, a famous magician, had announced that he was in the room for some of those moments.  When the reporter asked him what was said in the room, Jilette responded, “..the stakes are now high, and I am an unreliable narrator.  I’m a storyteller and storytellers are liars.  So I can emotionally tell you things that happened….that showed stupidity and lack of compassion when I was in the room…and I guarantee you that I will get the details wrong.”

I felt that it was a profound statement of responsibility and leadership.  He knew personally of details but didn’t feel comfortable releasing them because he knew it would be slanted and possibly misleading.  In this day and age of jumping to conclusions, social justice determining fate before all of the facts are known, and the emerging new society we live in, that was one of the best statements I had read.

Internalize this to your team, project, and organization.  How often do we express ideas and thoughts that are slanted to the context of what we feel?  John Maxwell said, “do I want the opportunity to correct someone, or the opportunity to connect with someone.”  I teach my kids that every interaction is a transaction and someone is buying.  What I mean by that is that your either giving value or receiving value in the interaction.  Make sure to add value to the person you are talking to.

All of this is to say, words matter.  Opinions matter.  You can either divide or heal.  I appreciate Mr. Jiette’s answer because he knew the responsibility of words.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Time for a PM Revolution (The Value of Project Management)

Is anyone else getting as frustrated as I am about the debate over the value of Project Management? Project Managers are generally not consulted, then asked to do the impossible, and then blamed if it does not go well! For instance:

An Executive picks a pet project to complete. He looks at his staff and figures that anyone can do project management. So he selects Ron from Accounting (because he is generally reliable) and assigns him as the project manager. He then tells Ron, "I need this done by the end of the year. You have $1,000,000 to spend." As soon as Ron accepts the project, it has failed! How can we possibly know how much to spend or how long it will take before we have had a chance to plan? If Ron tries to plan, he is told, "We don't have time to plan, we have to get going to get this done!" When the project runs late or over budget, then the executive feels that there is no value in project management.

Do you think that this same executive would ask anyone who finished high school math to close the books for the quarter? NO! Why? Because accounting is a certified profession that has a clear process. We don't short change that process, it takes what it takes. Does a commercial developer select anyone who can draw to be an architect? NO! Why? Because it is a learned and certified profession! Isn't project management a certified and learned profession? It is time to realize that a PM Revolution is in order! It is time to understand that not everyone can do project management!

The reason that we can't find the value in project management is all that we are doing is executing poor decisions. You already selected a date, budget, and since anyone can do project management, whoever was available got the assignment. Project management will continue to be devalued until we as project managers stand up and educate. At least that is my opinion!

No day but today,