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Agony Angels: Team Members Not Pulling their Weight – with Stuart Taylor

Agony Angels: Team Members Not Pulling their Weight - with Stuart Taylor

Do you have team members who aren’t pulling their weight? That’s the question Stuart Taylor and I tackle, as we don the wings of two Agony Angels.

Welcome to my guest, Stuart Taylor. At the start of the session, we pick a random question from my community about Project Management. We discuss it, and end up with some practical suggestions.

The full question is: 

‘There are one or two members of my team who simply never pull their weight. I don’t have any spare capacity and we are very stretched at the moment. What can I do get them working like they should?’

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About Stuart Taylor

Stuart Taylor is a project professional with experience in project delivery, PMO, and assurance across multiple sectors including finance, retail, government, and the NHS. On his InfluentialPMO YouTube channel, he gives advice to PM professionals and newcomers about how to avoid the self-sabotaging behaviors that prevent projects from being successful.

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What we Discussed

  • 00:00 – Stuart Taylor – The Influential PMO
  • 00:22 – A question from Mike’s community
  • 00:58 – The question: People not pulling their weight
  • 01:44 – First thoughts on people who are not working at full capacity
  • 02:37 – Some people aren’t as motivated as you are
  • 03:20 – Reasons for lack of motivation
  • 04:02 – Two people: two different issues
  • 05:21 – Three types of poor professional performance
  • 07:53 – Motivation Scenario 1: The job is too easy
  • 10:38 – Motivation Scenario 2: I’m out of my depth
  • 12:25 – How does Stuart Taylor see the role of coaching or mentoring?
  • 16:44 – Mike’s Summary: 5 Tips
  • 17:41 – One more thing… The Law of Reciprocity
  • 18:40 – Get in touch with Stuart Taylor

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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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