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Abandon all hope of fruition – a contrarian view of project management

My last post talked about the Buddhist slogan of “abandon all hope of fruition.” What if we put that in the center of any project we were managing, either in our own lives or work team life? We’re left simply with, “am I able to find the delight/peace/fulfillment that is available to me at any moment of the day in any task?” That’s not an easy question. But all we know we have for sure is this moment. And if we want to be plumb, to be on target with our task, we need strong building blocks. Work done soured by resentment or endless perceived self-sacrifice is not a firm foundation. Persistence is built brick by patient brick. Those bricks and the cornerstones are all made of the same stuff – the quality of our lives right in this moment. Writing blog posts comes to mind for me. I can either trudge away, writing in hopes that I’ll hear from readers, that I’ll get more readers, that I’ll somehow get more work from what I write, that they’ll transform into books, and on and on. Or I can focus on delight as I write each word of each post. That second option works much, much better for me. Look at a project that is important to you right now – something that you want to change and transform. Now imagine abandoning any hope of fruition. This doesn’t mean fruition is actually any closer or further away. We’re just letting go of the hope that fruition will occur. How might you walk through this project differently today unburdened by that unhelpful hope? There’s a reason for each project that we take on. What is the underlying purpose? Where is the element of play hidden in the project? If you put aside the concept of self-sacrifice, where is the element of passion in the project for you today? All of these questions are much easier to answer if you…abandon all hope of fruition. Prints of the image above can be purchased from the artist here. Teams can explore project management team building in Quixote Consulting’s GRPI model Team Quest.

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What’s the most important element of starting a project?

I’ll be honest. I have no idea what the most important element of starting a project is. I’m sure there’s a study on it somewhere. But I do know something that’s important enough not be overlooked. In an earlier post I talk about the importance of being ‘plumb’ when starting a project. I quoted author Richard Russo in it, and here’s another sentence from his novel That Old Cape Magic: “He wondered if plumb might be another word for happy.” The element of happiness to me is probably the most overlooked important element of starting a project. Where is the happiness right here, right now? Is it just hope for happiness somewhere, someday in the future? By happiness here, I don’t mean balloons-and-confetti-being released-from-the ceiling kind of woo-hoo happiness. I mean some element of contentment, of delight in the very process – of selecting a new project, looking at how it might come to fruition – needs to be an integral part of any project you or your team (work team/family/relationship, etc) is managing. How much joy is in the process lets you know where that bubble in your level is – if you’re plumb or not. It’s a guide throughout the entire process. Nothing is entirely joyful, but it should be at least half of the time. As William Blake wrote, “man was made for joy and woe…joy and woe are woven fine.” Woe often makes sure it’s invited to the party no matter what. You don’t need to send it a specific invitation, it’ll show up. But joy? It’ll be helpful to send it a specific invitation. The larger the project, the more important it is to start off plumb – a skyscraper needs to start off plumb, a cardboard box fort not so much (yet cardboard box forts probably start off with more happiness than skyscrapers). The more important the project you’re beginning, the higher the value of ensuring that you’re feeling clear, strong, rested – in a word, happy. And your team is happy. Are we plumb? Teams can explore project management team building in Quixote Consulting’s GRPI model Team Quest.

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