As a project manager, I do encounter different perspectives that often create a lot of difficulties when it comes to managing them to create workable strategies and action plans. We hardly think about the point from which we establish a judgment as we always thrive inside it. In most cases, we fail to realise that our point of view is the outcome of our own perspective and may differ from one individual to the other. This is something similar to saying, “that’s the way things are” when you try to establish your concept as the universal truth rather than keeping some room left for individual interpretation by stating “that’s how I think”. In response to this statement, if someone says, “I see it differently”, then you suddenly realise that you may come across more perspectives. This may create a lot of difficulties and confusions as a project progresses and different perspectives clash with each other.
One good way to manage different perspectives and bring them together is to promote “whole thinking” and I practise it with sincere effort every time. I am aware that challenges may be created by divides at some points, but all I do is to ask my team members to focus on bonds and commonalities that gel us together.
I make sure to let my people have a shared vision of the project objective and I ask them to think and re-think how their individual perspectives would fit into the broader picture. Different perspectives provoke thought and creativity. I encourage open discussion and brainstorming sessions and this way, people identify the pros and cons of each alternative and settle down with the ones that would contribute to the overall project objective.
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