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12 October 2010

How Will You Measure Your Life?


"Knowing what tools to wield to elicit the needed cooperation is a critical managerial skill." 

In an HBR article entitled How Will You Measure Your Life? Clayton M. Christensen describes models he uses to manage his life. His three main goals; to find happiness in his work life, to ensure family relationships prosper and to stay out of jail.

Along the way he raises this model for managing organisational conflict; Agree on what is important, and agree on how to get there. It struck me that there may be something in there for managing project teams and stakeholders.

What do you do if people disagree on what the project’s goal is?

There are probably many answers and I’d love to hear your suggestions, but the first thing that came to mind was the ‘selling the vision’ work we often speak about.

And what do you do if people disagree on the path?  Again, my mind leapt to a fairly simple answer; coach people. Is there a better way?