Friday, April 6, 2012

28: Warrior and Healer

During the middle to late stages of a project there are often battles to be fought by the project manager. Knowing when to act, when to listen and when to withdraw is the way of the project manager.

The Tao
Lao Tsu tells us to:

Know the strength of man,
But keep a woman’s care!
Be the stream of the universe!
Being the stream of the universe,
Ever true and unswerving,
Become as a little child once more.

Know the white,
But keep the black!
Be an example to the world!
Being an example to the world,
Ever true and unswerving,
Return to the infinite.

Know honour,
Yet keep humility.
Be the valley of the universe!
Being the valley of the universe,
Ever true and resourceful,
Return to the state of the uncarved block.

When the block is carved, it becomes useful.
When the sage uses it, he becomes the ruler.
Thus “A great tailor cuts little.”

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