A Koffee Koan?
To Be Heard Be Mute.
That is a Zen Koan. Consume it during morning coffee and let it roll around your thoughts throughout the day. Why?
Because koans move us from good to great. And I think we need "great."
So, each week I search for a zen koan that I can put out in time for coffee - a koffee koan. Something to sip. I take that koan, dug up from our history, and grow it into a story.
I write for project managers and their teams. They are the people I admire the most; the magicians that turn leaders into either Gandalfs or Golums.
This journey? To find every Gandalf.
From The Blog
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One Minute Stories
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