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EXECUTE: Commonly Occurring Problems

Problem #8: A team member is skipping meetings and, in general, not contributing equally.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, give this team member an important task or action item. This conveys "we need you, we are counting on you." And when the team meets a milestone or receives positive feedback from the client, make sure this team member shares in the celebration.

See Chapter 5 of Techniques for Managing Projects for further details, including the rationale for this strategy.

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