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A Poetic Description of a Successful Project Manager

Paul Naybour Paul Naybour

Published: 19th November 2013

With my sincere apologies to Rudyard Kipling, I have paraphrased his famous poem “If” to remind all project managers aspiring to great success that the human aspects of project management should never be under-estimated.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can meet with success and failure
And treat those two results just the same;
If you can talk with workers and keep their respect,
Or talk with leaders – nor lose the common touch,
Yours is success and everything that entails,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Project Manager!

  1. Sunil says:

    wonderful. you have rightly captured the essence of project manager traits

    • MS says:

      Thanks for the comment Sunil – it was a good reminder of this version of Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem that I took the liberty of rewriting some years ago…

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