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Of The People, For The People, By The People

Originally Published In Iowabiz.com on July 2007

GettysburgPresident Abraham Lincoln had to be emotional about this speech.  This was more than a vested interest; he was leader and lives were lost under his leadership.  And here he was... standing on the very ground where a fierce battle had been fought.

I've always been fascinated by the Gettysburg Address.  Lincoln was reminding his audience that a mere "four score and seven years ago" they were fighting to become a nation.  Now they were a nation divided.  It was a nation that, in under a century, had lost sight of the goals and ambitions they had fought so hard to gain.  The sense of a unified vision was diminished.

In our projects, we don't lose lives.  We do, occasionally, lose livelihood.  We don't communicate our goals.  We lose sight of our vision.  We fight among ourselves.  We "turn over resources."  Projects are more than just line items on budgets.  Projects are more than the creation of a cool software driven plan.  Projects are more than a weekly meeting followed by a status report that nobody reads.  Projects are about people.  The dreams are the product OF THE PEOPLE.  The tasks for completed BY THE PEOPLE.  The benefits of the project are FOR THE PEOPLE.

When we lose sight of that fundamental truth... well... then the project probably isn't worth fighting for, is it?

On this Independence Day, have a safe and fun celebration with your friends and family... and remember those who have sacrificed for our freedom.

Happy 4th of July and Carpe Factum!

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