Friday, August 26, 2016

Primal Virtue

A project manager has to do many things. Not taking sides or getting involved in squabbles, helping those involved to resolve the issues themselves is the correct approach. Leading the team without being possessive or dominating. Not taking the credit for the work of the team. 

The Way  
A poor project manager will try to dominate the team. This will grind them down and stifle their creativity. The wise project manager encourages the team and is supportive, without taking credit for the team’s achievements.

Lao Tzu asks a lot of questions in this chapter of the Tao and as project managers these are the questions we should be asking ourselves, most important can we lead without dominating?  

The Tao  
Lao Tzu tells us:  

Can you coax your mind from wandering, and keep to the original oneness?  
Can you let your body become supple as a new-born child?  
Can you cleanse your inner vision until it is pure?  
Can you love all men and lead them without cleverness?  
Opening and closing the gates of Heaven, can you play the role of a woman?  
Understanding all things, can you be without motive?  
Giving birth and nourishing, having yet not possessing,  
Acting yet not taking credit, leading yet not trying to dominate,  
This is the Primal Virtue.  

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