GLORIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS: WALLS, WORKERS, AND WONDERS
A ruler makes use of the majority and neglects the minority, and so he does not devote himself to virtue but to law” (Han Feizi)
“Every good leader I know has a generosity gene… When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch
Use the chapters assigned for this week and the EXPLORE items below as the basis of your own contributions.
China’s Great Wall
China had a long tradition of wall building, but it reach its ancient peak under Emperor Shihuangdi. He conscripted labor from most families of China, and stories abound about many being worked to death and buried within the wall they were constructing. But, the wall was finished. Later generations would add to it, reconstruct it, etc. (The later Ming Dynasty would establish its grandest phase.) This same emperor, Shihuangdi, had a major tomb complex built for himself, part of which is the famous Terra Cotta Warriors. One ruler and he was credited with two true marvels of the ancient world.
Discuss key features of the Great Wall of China and compare it to some later wall of our day (not all walls are physical by the way) in function and purpose. What are the pros and cons of such a wall? While it is a stunning, major achievement, how should we judge the methods that went into it? Identify lessons that can be learned for project management in the current work environment.
- Chapter 7 (pp. 216-218, 225), early phases; (pp. 617; map on p. 619) later phase
- Explore wall interactively at http://www.panoramas.dk/7-wonders/great-wall.html
- Video at http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/discovery-atlas-china-revealed-the-great-wall.htm
- UNESCO article at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/438
- The Wall and the Woman who brought it down: Meng Jiangnu’s bitter weeping. (n.d.). TravelChinaGuide.com. Retrieved from http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/culture/mengjiangnu.htm
and Miller, B. K. (n.d.). The first emperor of Qin: Between legend, science, and nationalism. Paper for Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA. Retrieved from http://web.stanford.edu/dept/archaeology/journal/newdraft/miller/paper.pdf