Here are some good examples:
Certain topics can be very sensitive for some people; this might not be obvious to you when you meet them. Someone may even secretly have a strong opinion about something and you might never know, even after working with them for years.
You always have to be careful around things like:
I’m not telling you to be a robot around colleagues or customer. This is all about avoiding to offend people.
Sometimes it’s easy to see when to watch out and sometimes it’s not, take for instance these very blunt examples…
You might even say something with the best intentions or talk about an opinion which isn’t even your own. It doesn’t matter, people can be very irrational at times.
Now, why is this so important to your projects?
When a project is going through a difficult phase these things tend to play up and before you know it, you could lose support from someone when everybody should be working together.
You need support or it’s going to cost you, this is especially true for key people.
As a project manager you work with a lot of very different people. You meet different clients and your teams change composition through time.
So stay sharp and don’t get burned.
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