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Doesn’t a Capricorn just get your goat?

I am not going to apologize for what I am about to write. This is not for the feign of heart especially the fatalistic Capricorn.

After reading about Capricorn this month, the goat of the Zodiac, the word that keeps coming up to sum up the traits of this star sign is capricious. The obvious parallel is difficult to ignore.

Ouch.

They can’t make up their minds or change them like the wind? That’s a bit presumptuous, is it not? I know a Capricorn or two and can’t say that capricious would sum up their character in a single word. A single word is no way to define anyone, thank you very much, so let’s forget that.

Start over.

A Capricorn presumably makes a good project manager.

Project management is something near and dear to my heart. After spending years tinkering around in the field I feel I have a good sense of what values make up a good project manager. Actually, for me it’s quite simple. I feel a good project manager is one that is able to read people well. It’s essential to me that I am able to understand and nurture talent, elevate my team and provide them the tools to be successful; whatever their task. That’s basically it.

The typical Capricorn is not really known as a people person. Unemotional is no way to describe someone who is good with people, is it? But that’s not all it takes to be a good project manager, you might think.

What else then?

A good sense of process, ability to define requirements from an abstract or brief, see the critical path, set target deliverables, motivate a team to see the possible solutions and envision the end result are all tangible skills that are essential in a project managers toolkit. Persistence to get the job done, methodical thinking, stubbornness and inflexibility are certainly traits that will get the Capricorn a long way as a trader, a drill sergeant or a prison guard but a project manager? I am guessing not. You?

But you know what; let’s look on the bright side.

There’s the old adage that if you have nothing good to say then say nothing at all. So, let’s erase all of the previous negative commentary as the crap that it is. Totally realistic crap. Ok, kidding.

Let’s get constructive!

  • Capricorns have respect for authority. That’s a good thing. Check!
  • They are self-disciplined. That is also a good thing. Check!
  • Capricorns have very high standards of themselves and of others around them. Good, right? Gulp.
  • They are seen to be fair. Great stuff. Another one in the plus column.

But. There’s always a but, huh? A big, audacious, block out the sun kind of but (or is it butt)?

Innovation. The buzzword that is so important in order to stand out in today’s over saturated world is nowhere to be seen around the Capricorn.

Bummer, dude.

According to the almanacs the Capricorn is usually reserved and traditional in their thinking; however, they are very, very deep thinkers. Are you in there somewhere, Capricorn? They consider all the angles, think long and hard about the options which can breed a near paralysis in their ability to make a quick decision when it’s required of them. The decision, when it comes, is usually extremely informed, safe and calculated. That’s partly because Capricorns have an insatiable desire for knowledge and are known to have exceptional memories for information. It seems that careers in accounting, science, information technology or programming would be a good fit for a Capricorn. Don’t you think?

Still there?

All kidding aside, we all know there are always exceptions to the rule and that the astrological signs, while typically on point, are total generalizations. That’s probably why the descriptions of the traits and the analyses seem accurate.  

Here are some famous Capricorns. Some fit the mould but most likely don’t. Then again, like most celebrities, their true personalities are a mystery to the common man so who really knows. All I know is that they are Capricorns.

Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazer (boxers), Isaac Asimov (science fiction writer), Mary J Blige and David Bowie (musicians), Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins (actors), Katie Couric (news host & journalist) , Howard Hughes (entrepreneur), Sir Isaac Newton (scientist) and Al Capone (gangster) just go to show you that a book cannot be judged by its cover.

Hey Austin! What do you have to say this month?

Courtesy of Austin Kleon (http://austinkleone.com)

Under the circumstances seems somewhat fitting.

So, Capricorn, care to comment?

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Discussion

5 thoughts on “Doesn’t a Capricorn just get your goat?

  1. LOL — this post is relevant on so many levels — not for me, but for the Capricorns I know! Hey Ralph, want to write our RFP’S?

    Posted by Karen | January 12, 2012, 09:02
  2. P.S. Forgot to add that a Capricorn in my family, the way I describe her is that she’s “gone with the wind”!

    Posted by Karen | January 12, 2012, 09:03
  3. OH, Ralph! The pain of it all! My capri-corniness is undone, I think I will climb to great heights as I’m wont to do and butt (but) things around.

    Posted by Paul | January 12, 2012, 23:20
  4. Hi Ralph,

    When I read the part on how Capricorns make good project managers, I imagined an interview for project managers where the interviewer asks the candidate “Are you a Capricorn?”, the candidate answer “Ummmm, no!”. Interviewer: “NEXT!”.

    I wonder if the candidate at this point can sue the interviewer for zodiac-sign-discrimination!

    Posted by PM Hut | January 13, 2012, 08:25
    • Ha! Interesting point. I suppose that might be true although I suspect that you would never judge someone’s ability based on the “science” of astrology. Good one, though and thanks for the comment.

      Posted by rdopping | January 13, 2012, 10:39

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