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Message of the Month

June, 1999

Control

Recently I have been presented with the opportunity to work on a special project with tremendous potential for service and growth.

We are working in a small team, each member having his own talents and capabilities that complement the rest. But it is now time to leap to the next level and the big issue is coming up. The issue of control.

If we want to expand, we will dilute the communication and the control. What’s more, if it is really successful, the project will accelerate beyond our capabilities to contribute, and we will need to involve others who have higher capabilities than ourselves. If you will, the project will take a life of its own.

On the other hand, if we try to control the acceleration, we risk suffocating the project. We risk depriving it of the energy that it needs to grow. So what are we to do?

Should we let the project wait for us to catch up with it, or should we be willing to lose control and become a smaller part of a larger system?

Funnily enough, this is a moral and philosophical question.

If we assume that there is something greater than ourselves at work, that the world is progressive and we must strive to help it progress, then when it is time, we must step out of the way of progress, try to carry what we can, and allow others to contribute their share.

On the other hand, if we assume that existence is purposeless, or at best, we are the big thing at work, then we must put our desire for control ahead of progress of the project.

Enough said!

Shahriar Shahriari
Vancouver, Canada
June 1999


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