Tuesday, March 10, 2020

About character and power

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. — Abraham Lincoln
And, thanks to Herdingcats for showing me this quote.

So, tough guys (gender neutral here) don't always have vision ... everything tactical ... but we know that from too many PMOs that seem shortsighted;

And and tough guys don't always use power effectively ... we see PMOs squandering opportunity and resources for little gain, and

Most worst of all, the timeless quote comes to mind:
Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely
We see PMOs riding roughshod over rules, skating too close to the edge, what General Michael Hayden has characterized as playing on the white chalk.

In my experience, I've seen corrupt practices in government contracting which landed some PMO "tough guys" in jail with big fines.

When you experience a person handling adversity with stand-up character, you know you are in the presence of a winner!

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