A Groundhog Day Approach To Ethics (My “Ethics In PM” course at NYU SPS)

///A Groundhog Day Approach To Ethics (My “Ethics In PM” course at NYU SPS)

A Groundhog Day Approach To Ethics (My “Ethics In PM” course at NYU SPS)


If you saw the classic Groundhog Day, you might be able to guess what I mean by The Groundhog Day Approach.

In the film, Phil the TV Weatherman (Bill Murray) keeps waking up and reliving the same cold, snowy Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA. But each day, he picks up more lessons learned, which help him get better and better at winning the heart of the beautiful Rita (Andie McDowell). He also grows a great deal as a person, finding new ways each day to help people in need all around Punxsutawney.

 In my Ethics In PM course at NYU, all participants get to play The Groundhog Day Game as an activity. I ask them to think back on an issue they experienced or witnessed on-the-job that had an ethical challenge, and then to analyze how it could have gone better if they could go back in time and get a do-over. 





We also use another game/activity I created called: You Be The Ethicist, which was inspired by Randy Cohen’s long-running column in the New York Times Sunday Magazine (The Ethicist). 

Saturday, March 12th I’ll be starting the 7th iteration of this popular course for NYU SPS. My students always tell me they get a lot out of this class, and that it helps them with real-world issues on their projects. 

About The Course

  • Provides 14 PMI PDUs
  • Counts toward the NYU CIPM (Certificate in Project Management)
  • Covers the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Covers the PMI Ethical Decision-Making Framework (EDMF)
  • Helps toward the Ethics-based questions on the PMP Exam
  • My Groundhog Day Game was made part of the Trainer’s Toolkit App (from the Association for Talent Development (ATD)
  • My You Be The Ethicist Game was published in The Book of Road-Tested Activities (John Wiley & Sons)
  • Course Registration Link

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