“There’s an interdependence between flowers and bees. Where there are no flowers there are no bees, and where there are no bees, there are no flowers. They are really one organism. And so in the same way, everything ………depends on everything else.” Alan Watts
Whist I sat on the beach on holiday last week I looked up and saw a small boy playing in a stream. He had a toy boat which he was trying to float, but he needed to make a dam to create a pool deep enough for it to float on. He could not do this on his own, he needed the help of others. He called out for help and worked with them to shovel sand to try and stop the stream, but the stream was too strong and washed the sand away. His father came along and started to deposit rocks against which the boy and his friends placed the sand. Before too long a whole team of small children and parents were working together to complete the dam and create the pool which was big enough not only to float the boat but for many children to play and paddle in too.
At times, as a PM (Project Manager), I feel like the small boy who wants to float his. Stephen Covey in his The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People talks about the progression from our dependence on others, to our own independence, where we believe that we don’t need the help of anyone, to an understanding that there we have a fundamental interdependence on each other and a mutual reliance on one another to achieve our common goals. This week it has felt that we have all wanted to go off in our own direction, confident in our ability to meet our specific deliverable, but not pulling together as a collective unit and not understanding the reliance we have each other. I am pleased that it didn’t take too long to understand our situation and, as we reach the end of the week, it now feels that we are a little more in control. It is a complete coincidence that I started to write this well before the election result of today, where as a PM (Prime Minister) Mrs May now finds herself in the exact same position, but on a much larger and unenviable scale. Whether we are that small boy in the stream, a Project Manager or a Prime Minister, I hope we can always count on the support of others and remain willing to offer that same help to others when they call out to us…….