The poor project manager knows that he needs members of the team to carry out the work on the project but he fails to recognize that he also need to serve these people. If there is no mutual need and mutual respect he is missing the whole point and will not see how things happen on the project.
The wise project manager has an awareness of everything that needs taking care of; he misses nothing. In return the members of the project team need the project manager to steer them in the right direction and facilitate their work.
A good walker leaves no footprints.
Good speech is free of flaw and fault.
Good calculation needs no tally or writing.
A good door needs no lock,
Yet it cannot be opened.
Good binding requires no knots,
Yet cannot be untied.
Therefore the sage takes care of others,
And does not abandon them.
“The Way of the Project Manager” by John Carroll (ISBN 978-1481076111), is published by CreateSpace and available from Amazon in hard copy and on Amazon Kindle.