Partner Your Project is a step-by-step guide on how to develop working relationships that result in successful projects that are on-time, on-budget, safe, and of quality. Even two decades after it was first published, Partner Your Project is being used in classrooms and boardrooms to help leaders and project managers develop a partnering culture on their construction projects. While written for the construction industry, there are many leadership tenets that are at the core of Partnering, like empowering others, commitment and trust. Technology has changed the way people work, but partnering has proven that successful teams work well “together.”
The Power of Norms
What is normal? You might say that “it depends”. It depends on who is involved, what the situation is, how long it has been going on, etc. We all have beliefs on what is “normal” in different situations. These beliefs are what create our “norms of behaviors”.
Norms are very powerful. Have you ever gone to a friend’s home for dinner and seen how they say grace, are vegetarian, grab for the food, stand up to eat, or forget to fix the food in the first place? What do you do? You go along with the norms of behavior. You say grace, you eat your vegetables, you grab for yourself, you stand up, and you make the food for yourself or forget about eating.
Sue Dyer, MBA, MIPI, MDRF, president of OrgMetrics LLC which she founded in 1986 as a consulting firm specializing in dispute resolution and prevention. She is an acknowledged pioneer in developing and delivering partnering services on major public works projects and is the author of Partner Your Project, the best-selling step-by-step guide to partnering in print today. Sue publishes Partnering Magazine, writes a syndicated column “Dyer Straights” which has been in circulation for over 12 years, and has had several articles published in “Inc. Magazine.” Sue is a Master Certified Partnering Facilitator (MPF) and Master Certified Dispute Resolution Facilitator (MDR). Sue has created partnering processes that are used all over the world. Among her many accomplishments, Sue was the 1st woman in the U.S. to head a major collective bargaining unit for construction industry.