Brian Sheehan
As a Technical Writer and Blogger, Brian enjoys the challenge of bringing concepts to life via the written word. He is a big fan of project management, technology, and cheeseburgers.
June 15, 2012 · 2 min read

Virtuous Kick-off Meetings (2/3)

Project Management Meets Confucius is an ongoing series dedicated to finding the inner philosopher in all of us. The ideas presented herein are designed to bring together the two worlds of Asian Philosophy and Project Management; ideally, in an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek, and (ever-so-humble) inspiring way.

This is Part 2 of Virtuous Kick-off Meetings — check out Part 1 here!

"The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue."

- Confucius

In the above quote, Confucius introduces a pair of trait combinations: the "firm & enduring" and the "simple & modest." Let's have a look at the first set:

Firm and Enduring

Firm, enduring, strong, unwavering... all of these are adjectives that convey a lack of deviation — a certain stick-to-it attitude that cannot be compromised. Can these concepts be applied to a project kick-off meeting? Definitely. A great kick-off meeting will always include the following:

Have you ever ran a kick-off meeting without strong Management support? Or maybe you suffer nightly migraines from spending your days keeping everyone on the same page? Tell us about it via a Comment.

Watch for: Part 3 or "Modesty is the best policy."

When not studying Asian Philosophy and writing User Manuals, Brian likes to fish, read fantasy novels, and eat cheeseburgers.