Friday, September 13, 2013

34: The Single Principle

Good project managers spend a lot of time communicating with their project stakeholders. Keeping them in the picture by explaining what the project team are doing and listening to them to make sure the project delivers what the business needs.  This is very much in line with the single principle.  

The Way  
The single principle is found everywhere and everything works according to it.  You cannot own the single principle and it does not own you.  It is great because it is universal and all-inclusive. The way benefits all without return and without prejudice.  

The wise project manager follows this principle and does not act selfishly.  He works with everyone, not just the people he likes.  He does not seek to control people and knows that true leadership is not about winning.  He works to create an awareness of what is happening on the project and in the business.  

The great Tao flows everywhere,  
Both to the left and to the right.  
The ten thousand things rely upon it,  
But it allows them to act freely.  
It achieves its work, but takes no credit.  

The ten thousand things return to it,  
But it does not rule them.  
Can it be named for this greatness?  
It does not regard itself as great,  
Therefore it can achieve greatness.  

“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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