Friday, April 19, 2013

14: Staying Aware

One sure sign of a poor project manager is one who does not know what's going on in his project.  He may keep questioning the team to find out, but that will only irritate the team members and it is not the way.  

The Way  
We need to become silent and listen with our inner selves.  The wise project manager stays in the present.  The past is over and done with, there's no point in thinking about what might have been.  Likewise there's no point in trying to second guess the future, it will be what it will be.  

Look and it cannot be seen.  
Listen and it cannot be heard.  
Grasp and it cannot be held.  

Grasp the strangeness which is Tao.  
Mindful of what exists now.  
Knowing the ancient beginning,  
Is the essence of wisdom.  

“The Way of the Project Manager” by John Carroll (ISBN 978-1481076111), is published by CreateSpace and available from Amazon in hard copy and on Amazon Kindle.

1 comment:

Bello-ochende Victor said...

Nice post...i belive project managers should also create a conducive environment for themselves that would enable them get back on track whenever they ''get lost''. If he doesnt understand what the project is all about,well,he needs to apply the little pm skills he has to get someone who does to deliver the project