Friday, October 12, 2012

57: Doing Less and Being More

I have just finished the first draft of The Way of the Project Manager and it’s over to my proof-reader (a critical member of the team) to check. I have picked one of my photographs of Dartmoor, which shows a very ancient way, for the front cover.

Good leadership consists of doing less and being more, for this is the way of the project manager.

Lao Tzu tells us:

Rule a nation with justice.
Wage war with surprise moves.
Become master of the universe without striving.
How do I know that this is so?
Because of this!

The more laws and restrictions there are,
The poorer people become.
The sharper men’s weapons,
The more trouble is in the land.
The more ingenious and clever men are,
The more strange things happen.
The more rules and regulations,
The more thieves and robbers.

Therefore the sage says:
I take no action and people are reformed.
I enjoy peace and people become honest.
I do nothing and people become rich.
I have no desires and people return to the good and simple life.

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