Friday, August 30, 2013

32: Rules and Regulations

Poor project managers like to go in for fancy theories, which can end up distracting the team and sapping their energy.  When rules and regulations are applied to the team it can breed dissatisfaction.  

On the other hand, where there are no fancy theories or prejudices to distract the team, there will be harmony.  Where the work of the team is grounded in an obvious and natural righteousness, there will be no need for rules and regulations.  

The Way  
The way cannot be defined, it just is.  It is the single principle responsible for every event or thing.  The wise project manager returns to an awareness of what is happening and the single principle that lies behind it.  From this the wise project manager will learn how things happen and as a consequence the team will trust him.  

The Tao is eternally nameless.  
Its simplicity, although imperceptible, cannot be grasped.  
If kings could grasp it,  
The ten thousand things would follow them.  
Heaven and earth cause sweet dew to fall,  
Not just on the worthy but on all alike.  
Men will not need to force it,  
All things would take their course.  

“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.

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