Building camaraderie and accountability in your project meetings

Dana Brownlee shares facilitation techniques and best practices to build a sense of camaraderie and accountability in our project meetings.

Brought to you by: Project Management Telesummit: March 8-10, 2011 – Don’t miss hearing Dana speak at the Telesummit.


dana_brownleeToday, I have the distinct pleasure to chat with Dana Brownlee, President and founder of Professionalism Matters, who shares with us specific meeting facilitation techniques and best practices to build a sense of camaraderie and accountability in our projects.

Dana says that one of the greatest gifts a project manager can have is a team that works well together and is highly accountable. The team spends a tremendous amount of time in project meetings and the best project managers know that these can be great opportunities to build a sense of camaraderie and accountability. Dana will share insights on how to integrate team building activities into project meetings, assign and manage action items the right way, and address the slacker team member in a way that builds a sense of team accountability.

In 2003 Dana Brownlee, PMP founded Professionalism Matters, Inc., a boutique professional development training and consulting firm providing interactive training workshops in the areas of project management, meeting facilitation, team building, workplace professionalism, organizational development, and communications skills.

Dana’s client list includes the CDC, EPA, Emory Professional Learning Program, Georgia Power Company, Mississippi Power Company, Southface Energy Institute, Learning Tree International, and many others.  She has taught throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada and the U.K., and she has authored a course currently taught in five countries.  Dana holds a PMP as well as a Bachelor of Science from Spellman College, Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University.

The Interview

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  • How did you get interested in exploring the topic of building camaraderie and accountability in project meetings and why should project managers pay attention to this topic?
  • Why are team camaraderie and accountability important in projects?

  • You recommend that we should balance Tasks vs. Relationships. What do you mean by this concept and why it is important to apply it in projects?

  • Tell us about the wrong way and the right way to assign tasks.

  • You talk about 3 magic questions that will boost accountability.  Tell me about these 3 questions.

  • How can project managers use their meetings to build camaraderie within their teams?

  • If our listeners want to know more about how to build camaraderie and accountability in their projects, what resources do you recommend to them?

  • In closing, what key takeaways you’d like our listeners to take forward from our conversation?

Contact Information

More about Dana Brownlee

In 2009 Dana’s company launched MeetingGenie.com an online resource for the latest tips, techniques, and meeting facilitation instructional videos (including “Are You Running a Meeting… or Drowning in Chaos?” and “5 Secrets to Virtually Cut Your Meeting Time in Half!”).  Dana has presented to many PMI audiences around the country including a presentation at the PMI Global Congress 2008 North America in Denver, the 2010 PMI EMEA Global Congress in Milan, Italy, the 2010 PMINA Global Congress in Washington, D.C. and the 2010 AP-CON in San Jose, Costa Rica.  An noted facilitator, she also presented at the 2010 International Association of Facilitators North America Conference in Chicago.

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*Our opening and closing theme song is music by the wonderful Paul Hardcastle and www.paulhardcastle.com

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