LOOK at it but you cannot see it! Its name is Formless.
Listen to it but you cannot hear it!
Its name is Soundless.
Grasp it but you cannot get it!
Its name is Incorporeal.
These three attributes are unfathomable;
Therefore they fuse into one.
Its upper side is not bright:
Its under side not dim.
Continually the Unnameable moves on,
Until it retums beyond the realm of things.
We call it the formless Form, the imageless Image.
We call it the indefinable and unimaginable.
Confront it and you do not see its face!
Follow it and you do not see its back!
Yet, equipped with this timeless Tao,
You can harness present realities.
To know the origins is initiation into the Tao.
Look for it but you cannot see it.
It is not in your Power Point.
Listen for it but you cannot hear it.
It is not in the latest Podcast.
Grasp it but you cannot get it.
It is not in your RSS Feed.
It is not a headline.
It is not a footnote.
Continually the Unnamable moves on.
Until it returns from beyond theory.
Call it manager-less management
Call it leaderless leadership
You know it when you see it
But you cannot point it out to anyone.
Yet equipped with this timeless Tao
You can harness your present reality.
To know how to begin is the initiation into the Tao of Management.