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Building commitment in project teams

Commitment to a project, both organizationally and personally,has presented project managers with their greatest challenge.Yet, commitment is of vital importance to the functioning of a project team.The successful project leader develops commitment through supporting and innovating behaviors.There are four main supporting behaviors that build project management commitment: focusing on what is important, demonstrating through example, rewarding contribution and results, and managing disrespect.There are four main innovating behaviors that are important to managing commitment: searching for improvements, challenging expectations, creating an open environment, and encouraging risk-taking.The six key areas where project leaders should be exercising commitment building behaviors are: organizational values, organization and higher management, project clients and sponsors, project goals and tasks, the project team and its members, and themselves as project managers.
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