Beware the bad apples

how to engage—and persuade—those who are barriers to change

While picking apples last year, the old saying "one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch" came to mind. I probably recalled it at the time because some work activities were bringing the metaphor to life. As we've been continuing to mature portfolio management approaches at Mayo Clinic, my team has needed to work with all types of people, most of whom are willing to do what they can to commit to the end goal of advancing project and portfolio management. Yet, inevitably, some don't understand the overall vision of portfolio management and put up barriers to make the effort more challenging.
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