PM Quote of the Day — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everything a human being wants can be divided into four components: love, adventure, power and fame. 

PM Quote of the Day — Sappho

Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables. 

How fevered and furrowed our minds become when we’re swept away by love!¬† Our beloved’s¬†fleeting glances¬†seem to last forever, while the shortest silences appear to be cruel slights.¬† Everything looks so right,¬†always on the verge of going so wrong.

The delusions of romantic love can grip us in the business world as well.¬† I’m now recovering from such fantasies and fables myself.¬† I’ve had to take a step back from an initiative where I drove the approach, the design, and the initial implementation because¬†my love for it has become a barrier to its acceptance and success.¬†

I’m so passionate about the initiative that I’ve lost more than a little perspective — I came to believe that I was the only one who understood it.¬† When objections were raised, I veered from sulking¬†quietly to excitedly defending and justifying all that was done before.¬† Every time I spoke I was losing my audience and betraying my “love”.

Luckily, I was self-aware enough to step back and let go before I damaged my pride and joy irreparably… or before my colleagues slapped a restraining order on me!


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