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Getting It Done: Project Management in Action by Project Management Institute

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Why Project Ethics Matter

Leadership is built on trust. If that foundation is cracked, a project's future is in doubt.

Michael O'Brochta, PMI-ACP, PMP

Once, when a long-term client displayed an ethical lapse, I told him it violated my standards. Then I withdrew as the manager of one of his largest projects. Instead of terminating my contract, the client changed his behavior and also increased his business with my consulting company.

Project ethics matter, and this year's 10th anniversary of the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is a good time to reflect on that. Not only do ethics allow us to act in a way consistent with our beliefs, they're a key to executing projects successfully. This is because ethics lead to trust, which leads ...

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