When the going gets tough a poor project manager will often rely on theoretical models and processes, but these are only tools and templates. The wise project manager responds to what is happening in the here and now. He is happy to serve others. The wise project manager does not make a fuss; he is quiet and reflective. The wise project manager prefers what is common and natural for this is traditional wisdom.
Lao Tzu tells us:
Give up learning, and put an end to your anxiety.
There is little difference between one and another.
Is there a difference between good and bad?
Must I fear what others fear?
The people are excited,
As if enjoying a sacrificial feast.
As if climbing up to the terrace in spring.
But I alone am quiet and uninvolved.
I am like a new born babe.
I alone am bereft as if homeless.
Everyone has more than they need,
But I alone seem left out.
I have the heart of a fool,
Other people are bright,
I alone am confused.
Everyone else has a purpose,
But I am ignorant as a rustic.
I alone am different,
And am nourished by the great mother.