Wednesday, November 21, 2012

77: Cycles

Natural events tend to be cyclical, always changing from one extreme to an opposite. The wise project manager’s behaviour works because it is based on this understanding, for this is the way of the project manager.

Lao Tzu tells us:

The Tao of heaven is like the bending of a bow.
The high is lowered and the low is raised.
If the string is too long, it is shortened;
If there is not enough, it is made longer.

The Tao of heaven is to take from those who have too much 
and give to those who do not have enough.
Man’s way is different.
He takes from those who do not have enough
To give to those who already have too much.
What man has more than enough and gives it to the world?
Only the man of Tao.

Therefore the sage works without recognition.
He achieves what has to be done without dwelling on it.
He does not try to show his knowledge.

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