Friday, September 06, 2013

33: Enlightenment

Project 2013
Good news this week, Project 2013 in easy steps has now been published.  Time to move on to the next two projects: Project Program and Portfolio Management and Sourdough Bread Making.  I’ve also been contacted about and agreed to join a mass blog on Sep-25 on ‘What does project management mean to me’ so that’s something to look forward to.

Traditional thinking about project resources has tended to focus on human resources, the members of the project team, which of course includes the project manager himself.  But this topic is about the project manager’s inner resources, which is about enlightenment.   Understanding how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know ourselves takes enlightenment.  

The Way  
The poor project manager tries to use force to get the other team members to do what he wants.  The wise project manager is content with what he has.  He can live simply and enjoy prosperity and free time.  When our goals are clear, we can achieve them without fuss.  

He who understands others is wise,  
He who understands himself is enlightened.  
He who masters others has strength,  
He who masters himself is strong.  

He who stays where he is endures.  
He who dies but is not forgotten,  
Is long lived.  

“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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