Motivate Your Colleagues While Implementing Standards and Frameworks


In her Personality Matters series, Leslie Sachs examines the personalities and people issues that are found in technology groups from cross-functional, high-performance teams to dysfunctional matrix organizations.

when they feel valued for their contributions on a routine basis, there is less need to act-out or gain attention in more counter-productive ways. Emphasizing the rewards for compliance and group success is usually more effective than threats or coercion. Knowledge of personality types and excellent interpersonal skills can help the astute It manager to keep each member of his team "within bounds".

As you can see, there are many personality issues which can interfere with one's ability to comply with externally-imposed standards. However, such adherence is frequently crucial to project success.

Experienced managers must develop several strategies to address these concerns should they arise. The techniques mentioned above are just a sampling of the many creative methods that an IT manager may need to pull out of his pocket to get a recalcitrant team member to "play by the rulebook".  I'd love to hear from you about your specific experiences keeping your team on track with standards & frameworks.

About the author

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Leslie Sachs is a New York state certified school psychologist and the COO of Yellow Spider, Inc. ( Leslie is the coauthor of Configuration Management Best Practices: Practical Methods that Work in the Real World, Addison-Wesley Professional ( Ms. Sachs has more than twenty years of experience in the psychology field and has worked in a variety of clinical and business settings where she has provided many effective interventions designed to improve the social and educational functioning of both individuals and groups. Ms. Sachs has an M.S. in School Psychology from Pace University and interned in Bellevue's Psychiatric Center in New York city. A firm believer in the uniqueness of every individual, she has recently done advanced training with Mel Levine's "All Kinds of Minds" Institute. She may be reached at, or link with her

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