With the best managers, the developers hardly know they are managers.
Next best, are managers who are admired and loved.
Below that, are managers who are feared.
The worst are ridiculed and despised.

When you do not trust your people,
your people will not trust you.
Be vigilant — choose your words carefully.

The project is completed
and the developers say:
“We did it ourselves!”


In some ways, you could view the Dao De Jing as the Dilbert of ancient China…

chapter notes:

Transmuting “rulers” into managers, and “the people” into developers is almost all that was needed to mistranslate this chapter.