Friday, August 04, 2017

Owning or Owned

Sorry I haven't posted for a couple of weeks but my Fridays (posting day) have been very tied up. On the walking rugby front there was a meeting of the clubs who have got walking rugby going up at Bristol Rugby, which was very encouraging. Our numbers are steadily growing at Topsham and one of the Devon RFC committee is coming to join us next week. Meanwhile pre-season training has started for the men's and women's squads and we have a couple of pre-season friendlies to look forward to. While on the admin side we are just about finishing off the budgeting process for 2017-18.

Project Management
I was talking to a couple of people the other evening about how people get into project management. Some chose to work as project managers as they are interested in it, some choose it as a career choice, while others have it thrust upon them. I think I fell into the latter category, although I grew to love it.

Good project managers do it because they enjoy managing projects and bringing change to their organizations. Wise project managers also want to develop the people on their project teams and their organizations to make them more effective. They also want to develop themselves so that they become better people.  

However some project managers just do it in order to get ahead and earn more money. They don’t care about the people who are working on the project or those who will be impacted by it, just as how they are perceived by the senior people in the organization.  

The Way  
The problem with owning a lot is that the more you have the more you have to look after. The poor man doesn’t need to lock his door; the rich man has to live in a gated enclosure surrounded by security. The more you have, the more you have to lose. Is that owning things or being owned by them?  

The wise project manager knows that giving up things will make him truly richer, so be still and discover your inner security.   

The Tao  
Lao Tzu tells us:  

Reputation or oneself, which matters more?  
Wealth or happiness, which is more valuable?  
Success or failure, which is worse?  
Great attachment will lead to great waste.  

Excessive hoarding will lead to heavy loss.  
A contented man avoids disgrace.  
Knowing when to stop avoids danger.  
So acting one can last a long time.  


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Piet said...

You have a very interesting blog. I am also interested in cycling and rugby. I support the Springboks and the Bulls.

I also have a blog ( The numbers have picked up during the years but my biggest challenge is to build an e-mail list. I would appreciate your comments re the interest in project management on the internet. There are a large numbers of searches but I get little comments or interest in free reports.

Piet Joubert

P M Blogger said...

Thanks Piet, you have a nice looking blog/site. One think I found was when I wrote white papers or articles I made them available if people gave me their email address. Have a look at (not as good as yours but you'll see what I mean. Cheers, John.
PS: Ireland and Exeter Chiefs for me and of course my local club Topsham RFC.

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