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When competent programmers are not promoted to management,
the developers will not be contentious.
When prized equipment is not scarce
the developers will not steal it.
When executive perks are not flaunted,
the developers will not be disgruntled.

Therefore, the Consultant’s advice:
distract their attention and fill their bellies,
weaken their ambitions and improve their benefits.

In this way, you enable the developers
to remain objective and without preconception,
and keep office politics down to a dull roar.

By taking action without force,
all will proceed without disruption.

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Many translations choose to leave “Dao” untranslated, due to the complicated connotations of the term. Arguably, these connotations are complicated in part due to 2300 years of exposure to the Dao De Jing.

In any case the match is quite good enough for my purposes. I have been pretty consistent about capitalizing “Way” in this sense, which seems to give the result a nice archaic feel, as well as labelling it properly as a term of art.

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