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Influence and integrity

By Alfonso Bucero

You can see character issues coming up in every aspect of life. The need for integrity today is perhaps as great as it has ever been. And it is absolutely essential for anyone who desires to become a person of influence. Any project manager who wants to have influence need to practice his/her integrity (act on what you say).

In the end you can bend your actions to conform to your principles, or you can bend your principles to conform to your actions. It is a choice you have to make. If you want to become a project manager of influence then you better choose the path of integrity because all other roads ultimately lead to ruin. To become a project manager of integrity, you need to go back to the fundamentals. You may have to make some tough choices, but they’ll be worth it.

There are some best practices I'd like to share with you:

1. Commit yourself to honesty, reliability, and confidentiality

Integrity begins with a specific, conscious decision. If you wait until a moment of crisis before settling your integrity issues, you set yourself up to fail. Choose today to live by strict moral code, and determine to stick with it no matter what happens. Be honest with all your project stakeholders and act on what you say during the whole project life cycle at every project you manage. Practice and respect the PMI code of ethics as a professional project manager.

2. Decide ahead of time that you don’t have a price

President George Washington perceived that “few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder”. Some people can be bought because they haven’t settled the money issue before the moment of temptation. The best way to guard yourself against a breach in integrity is to make a decision today that you won’t sell your integrity: not for power, revenge, pride, or money – any amount of money.

3. Major in the minor things

The little things make or break us. If you cross the line of your values – whether it’s by inch or by a mile –you’re still out of bounds. Honesty is a habit you ingrain by doing the right thing all the time, day after day, week after week, year after year. If you consistently do what’s right in the little things, you’re less likely to wander off course morally or ethically. Take care of the details with your team members every day.

4. Each day, do what you should do before what you want to do

A big part of integrity is following through consistently on your responsibilities. When you do the things you have to do when you have to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them. Everybody ought to do at least things each day that he hates to do, just for the practice.

When you practice integrity you feel freedom. When you have freedom you inspire people. Indirectly you will influence people when you practice integrity managing projects in organizations.

Today is a good day to start, please move forward...


Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI Fellow

BUCERO PM Consulting

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Excellent advice!

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