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Chapter 12 Managing the Project Team > Conflicts between Individual Goals and t...

Conflicts between Individual Goals and the Team’s Mission

Experience has shown that team members are most committed to a team when their individual needs are being met. Sometimes members have what are called hidden agendas, personal objectives that they do not want anyone to know about, because they are afraid other members will try to block them if their objectives are known. Since a manager should try to help individual members achieve their personal goals, while achieving team goals as well, the team leader needs to bring hidden agendas into the open so that the individual can be helped to achieve his goal. Of course, a person may occasionally have a goal that runs so counter to the team’s goals that no reconciliation is possible. In that case, if the team leader can discover what the person’s goal is, the individual can (ideally) be moved to another team in which his goal can be reached.


  

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