Beyond labels

Stereotyping limits everyone's perspective. And it usually has little direct correlation to an individual's ability to perform their professional responsibilities. This article examines how project managers can help themselves and their team members develop a broader perspective of each team member and their project. In doing so, it identifies three methods for broadening perspectives and details the seven types of perspectives defined in the Insight Value Group's social value scale of groups, types that include self-actualizers, innovators, esteem-seekers, strivers, contended conformers, traditionalists, and the disconnected. It explains how everyone plays one of these types at different times and how project managers can use these types as a guideline in directing group thinking and encouraging teams to collectively broaden their perspective, particularly in relation to understanding a project's risks and opportunities as well as its context and potential outcomes.
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