Friday, October 14, 2016

Letting Go

In project management there is no point trying to be perfect or admired as these are not things that make the team or the project any more successful. By letting go of all emotional baggage and just being part of the team we not only benefit the rest of the team and the project but we benefit ourselves.  

Poor project managers try to impress their management and may even achieve it, briefly. But it is short lived and they are usually brought back to earth by their own vanity. 

The Way  
The wise project manager does not claim to be perfect or want to be admired, for it would only be an illusion. Interestingly the wise project manager often is admired. Not because he strives for it as he doesn’t, but because he supports the rest of the team and they admire that.

The Tao  
Lao Tzu tells us:  

Empty your mind of everything.  
Let the mind rest at peace.  
The ten thousand things rise and fall,  
I watch their return.  

They grow and flourish and then return to the origin.  
Returning to the origin is stillness, which is the way of nature.  
The way of nature is unchanging.  
Knowing constancy is insight.  

Not knowing constancy causes confusion.  
Knowing constancy, one is open-hearted.  
With an open heart, you will be open-minded.  
Being open-minded, you will act in a kingly manner.  

Being kingly, you will attain the divine.  
Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.  
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.  
And though the body dies, you are ready.  

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