The Tao of Management Verse 23

Verse 23:

Only simple and quiet words will ripen of themselves.
For a whirlwind does not last a whole morning,
Nor does a sudden shower last a whole day.
Who is their author? Heaven-and-Earth!
Even Heaven-and-Earth cannot make such violent things last long;
How much truer is it of the rash endeavors of men?

Hence, he who cultivates teh Tao is one with the Tao;
He who practices Virtue is one with Virtue;
And he who courts after Loss is one with Loss.

To be one with the Tao is to be a welcome accession to the Tao;
To be one with the Virtue is to be a welcome accession to Virtue;
To be one with Loss is to be a welcome accession to Loss.

Deficiency of faith on your part
Entails faithlessness on the part of others.

My Take

Only simple and quiet words will be effective in getting things to change.
Even a tornado or a hurricane can only last a short while,
And if the immense power of nature can only pull that off,
How likely are you to achieve long term change through bully and bluster?

Don’t be foolish, “The Middle Way” is best;
You want people to change because “it’s good for them”?
You want people to change because they are afraid of losing their job?
Then that’s all you will get – superficial or grudging change.

You get back what you push out.
Push out authority and you’ll get obedience – but nothing more.
Push out fear and you’ll get resentment – and nothing more.
Push out truth and you’ll get true change.

Oh! This is a good one for modern management! First off, if you want to see change, a simple and quiet word will do far more than complicated, loud, garish displays of power, authority or cleverness! ¬†Everybody has had a boss who is a “screamer” but just as many have had one who will take you aside for a quiet word of correction. Who has more power over you in the long run? For whom are you likely to willingly change? Whom do you still thank for making you a better person or employee or leader?

“Because I said so,” and “Do it or else” are never as effective as “I care and I want to help”.

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