Recently I upgraded an old post on the above topic. In checking how far back in time this concept went, I did a little research. With full credit to Wikipedia, I found that the concept originated about the 4th C. AD.
I’m not sure if PMs (or those who manage them) have roots that go back that far, but there is ample evidence that modern-day managers of managers stumble into “sinful” territory regularly.
The Wikipedia posts contain extensive material on the 4th of those sins, “pride”, also known as “hubris”.. Here’s Wikipedia’s description, which I have shortened:
“Pride is considered, on almost every list, the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins. It is identified as dangerously corrupt selfishness, the putting of one’s own desires, urges, wants, and whims before the welfare of other people. In even more destructive cases, it is irrationally believing that one is essentially and necessarily better, superior, or more important than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal image or self . . . and refusing to acknowledge one’s own limits, faults, or wrongs as a human being.”
Fortunately, I’ve encountered very few design firm leaders who fit that description!
However, reading it certainly does bring to mind a certain prominent politician. Any idea who I’m thinking of?