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A Brief History of Work, Power and Love in Mankind

I've been invited to deliver a webinar series to the Project Management Institute Community of Practice, the largest professional body of project management in the world. As for every other profession, the "killer question" is always "what's in it for me"? I have struggled to describe the "me" context in an inspirational and pragmatic manner until I hit on the theme of Work, Power and Love. It's clear that throughout history and an individual's life time, the notion and associated emotions of what constitutes Work, what moves us and others (Power) and our experience of Love continue to evolve. In other words, it's a continuum rather than a black and white choice made once and for all. What's meaningful and valuable is not only the interactions and balances of the three relationships in our lives at a particular point in time, although a fascinating exercise by itself. But also we should pay even more attention to the pattern that has emerged and continue to emerge from research in athropology, psychology, organizational development and other fields for they can serve as valuable guide posts of our individual journeys. It is just like an adventurer needs a map, no matter how crude, before he sets out to the wild West, heroically but dangerously. He or she still faces formidable challenges ahead but the situation would be far worse without a map. So, here is one I just made up (no doubt very crude):


A Brief History of Work-Power-Love.ppt


I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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