Belonging, Believing and Becoming: Applying Religious Concepts to Project Team Building

Project Team BuildingAlthough some people may not believe in religions, we can definitely apply what Fr. Ed Murphy learned from a Jewish Cantor. Similar to religions, project team building requires three components: belonging, believing and becoming.

Popular motivational theories consider a sense of belonging as a key motivational factor. Team members need to feel that they are part of the project in order for them get a sense of “personal ownership, responsibility and commitment.”

Team members will believe in a project only if they feel that they are part of it. It cannot be forced upon someone. It can only grow through communication, collaboration and conflict resolution.

Becoming can be fostered by experiencing a sense of a belonging and believing in the project objectives. You will know that you have a well-built team when they start preaching the project benefits to others.

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2 thoughts on “Belonging, Believing and Becoming: Applying Religious Concepts to Project Team Building

  • 2010-02-07 at 14:43

    Interesting analogy John. I am not a religious person but as an observer agree with you and add what religions offer in tandem “Reward and Recognitions” when targets achieved and face consequence upon failures; this factor boosts the success rate of projects, just like believers follow guidelines (rituals & revelations). I would rather say carrot and stick as a control factor in projects and enforcing discipline.

  • 2010-02-07 at 20:17

    Jay, I prefer rewards and recognitions vs. carrot and stick. With the former or the carrot, they do something because they want to. For the stick, they MAY do it because they have to.


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