Buddhism and Management (3 of 3)

How did your practise go? Did you meditate? How did you find your first steps into looking at the world from a different perspective? Did you manage to quieten your mind and focus on nothing? Did you find some online help on how to meditate?

There are lots of apps, online guidance, guided meditation, and calming music out there, that I don’t think I really need to provide a list. The only App I am happy to recommend is called CALM and the premium version offers you a guided meditation on various topics. I enjoy that now and again and find it useful if you want to fall asleep on a plane or just chill out after a long day in the office whilst your brain is still buzzing. Of course you could quieten your mind yourself but why not get the odd help in doing so?

To conclude, Buddhism helps me to combine my drive to help others, to eliminate mine and other sufferings plus my drive for personal development and happiness. Living by the above helps me to become who I am set out to be. I am a strong believer that we are here on earth for a purpose, that things happen for a reason and that karma, the thought of one action resulting in another action, exists.

A negative thought or action will trigger a negativity elsewhere that comes back to you. Likewise a prayer group that focuses on someone’s health can make this person get better. There is Reiki and other practises that make use of the greater consciousness and the power of thoughts. I am a believer that the positive thoughts you send to someone will reach that person and make a positive difference.

I also have a little altar where I donate 5 gold coins on a regular basis. Once a year I take about 200 pounds sterling to the local bank and donate it to charity. I believe that the money I put away slowly over the year to ask for good spirits will help others in their efforts to improve people’s life. But you need to believe in it and believe it works. If you are doubtful whether or not positive thoughts are helping others, don’t even try. You won’t succeed. Let go of your current believes and give it a go, why not?

The benefits of a spiritual practise for work start with relieving stress by using meditation and mindfulness. It is a little bit like Emotional Intelligence and like managing your energy at work by taking regular breaks. Targets and achievement pressure, or stress, is increasing year on year, creating more and more tension. Being able to shut your mind down for a few minutes, take a deep mental breath and then come back to work all refreshed will help the business as much as the person’s mind. It makes for better, more productive, yet happier employees.

Meditation can create a positive change in your consciousness with the aim to practise to be a good human being, being nice to subordinate staff and practising compassion, helping your staff rather than abusing it. Only a calm mind can do that. Being human again, being aware of your feelings and not to hurt the feelings of those around you, not being recklessly profit driven. In reality I would agree with Forbes’ article that happier workplace make for more productive workplaces, e.g. the benefit for the employees actually benefit the company’s profit. I am sure you find more of those case studies elsewhere.

This leaves me to conclude that living with the other person in mind, mindful about oneself and one’s environment, caring for others, helping others, motivated to help others and taking regular breaks and looking after yourself through exercise and good food, will make you a happier and ultimately a more productive person. I also appeal to the managers out there to encourage people to take prayer or meditation breaks throughout the day.

I encourage to follow a path that makes for better employers, employees and workplaces with sustainable business practises, win/win solutions, trustworthy and content employees as well as happier people – as well as a better you.

What are your thoughts on spiritual practises at work?
Are you applying some of those principles already?

 

This concludes my chapter on Buddhism and Management from my book.

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Buddhism and Management (2 of 3)

After last week’s post to introduce my passion for personal development, the philosophy of Buddhism and the guidance I get from studying and practising it, I want to continue with more discussions around Buddhism and its application to Business and Management.

Buddhism gives me guidance to pure happiness, teaches me patience and makes me happy on the way, the path to enlightenment. I care less about my “luxury and my material values” but more about myself, my partner, other living beings which surround me. The latter are key to any organisation, as other living beings are clearly our co-workers. Particularly if you have managerial responsibility you want to make sure your staff is looked after and happy to work for your organisation. Without that, no one enjoys their job and no one likes contributing to their work.

One could argue that EI (Emotional Intelligence) fulfils a similar wisdom but after having studied EI at University I am personally not convinced of their principles. Whilst this may be a topic for another time, EI in my mind looks at your emotional not your spiritual involvement at work. Hence Buddhism or if you prefer to call it Spirituality looks at a level higher than ourselves that trusts in its application to make this a better place to work.

In a closed system, all forces are equal to zero. As a trained mechanical engineer I can happily say that this is true. And the same is true in this world. If you are giving love to people, make them feel better and genuinely support them for them to gain, not for you to gain, then this is coming back to you in one form or another. The way we share love will result in love being shared with us, as whatever we give comes back. Likewise if you are mean and a bad manager to your staff, this will backfire and negativity comes back.

This is part of “The Secret” which suggests that you need to believe in things to happen and put the effort behind it, living in the trust that things will work out. One needs to trust the universe, visualise things, concentrate on them and helping others to develop and be happy. Then the universe will respond positively towards you. The Law of Attraction.

The thought of doing that, e.g. promoting a co-worker for a job you have done, might sound weird. Yet if you are the manager then anything your staff has done will come back to you either way, good or bad. Hence let the staff take the reward for the big deal they closed or the innovation they brought forward. Be happy for them and show compassion towards them, support them in feeling good about it and praise their work. A good leader does exactly that, a poor manager will try to be in the spotlight herself all the time.

After drifting a bit into other philosophies, I wanted to conclude that whatever you do, it is work in progress as the more you understand your own mind, your own motivation and inner self, the more you will understand the power of attraction, or the law of attraction. This is very much in line with Buddhism, yet Buddhism would probably look less at the personal gain overall than the actual sharing of compassion and helping others. But again, this shows that you need to find your philosophy to unlock your own secret. Mine is Buddhism but any religious or spiritual belief will most probably support this theory in one way or another. Find your own way.

The answers to all our questions are within us, and I believe Buddhism is one good way of unlocking that knowledge. As aforementioned, I am sure many religious groups would offer similar paths.

Start today with some meditation or a thought of looking at your life and see which spiritual way might support your ambition. Maybe you already have a path and find a way of applying this to your current life and life style?

Please share your experience in the comment box below, I am keen to hear how you are experiencing it and how you progress.

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Buddhism and Management (1 of 3)

Now this is the last chapter of my productivity book I wrote back in 2013. So just over a year after I published the book, and over 250 downloads later, my aim is to revisit the chapters and publish them here. Some in abbreviated form, some in full. So there is still value in buying the book and getting the full version. Get it now!

Buddhism has been with me forever probably but since 2005/2006 I have been with Buddhism too. That is when I started looking into it with greater passion, visited meditation classes and connected to people interested in it also.

I understand that not everyone is a Buddhist and hence this part might not appeal to everyone. Whilst I am not necessarily applying all the action to be a great Buddhist, I am putting the principles into action nevertheless. I am hoping to concentrate more on my spiritual development but one day maybe I give up alcohol, possessions and who knows, maybe move to a monastery. This might sound extreme but I had this longing since I was a little boy, to live in a monastery and become a priest. Yet it clashes with my drive to have a career and family, so living along the Buddhist principles and trying to share the love with my surrounding seems like a good compromise.

What I suggest is to set a certain amount of time aside to practise. Whether this is meditating on the train or bus to work, practising patience whilst playing with your children or just being full of kindness all day long. Buddhism, at least for me, is a lot about training your brain and consciousness, living in the now. Being able to let go of any external factors, being able to concentrate on the nothing and then living in the now is an amazing experience. It is about quieting the mind and letting go of those daily niggles we all have. Realising that the comment your co-worker made this afternoon was just not important, and (laughing) that one actually gets wound up is even more ridiculous. Let go.

There has been a lot of writing about Zen and Buddhism around the internet and in various publications. Zen per definition is experimental wisdom, particularly in the form of meditation. I have been thinking about the topic of Buddhism, Management, Business and Personal Development for some time, and it was close to me launching a blog on this topic only. However, this would need a lot more spiritual practise than I can set aside today.

What I want to do is to look at the universal belief and teaching of Buddhism and how this can be incorporated in today’s business and management world. Hopefully I will be able to do that over the forthcoming posts.

For now, I like to answer the question “Why am I interested in Buddhism?”, as I get this asked very frequently. This was first published on Balamadana (2009), a blog I wrote with a friend of mine and monk. Being born into the Christian belief, I came across various religions. However, the Buddhist way of life, a way of a moral life and developing wisdom and understanding of “what’s out there”, fascinated me. It is about being mindful, aware of your thoughts and actions. From my personal development practise, being an NLP Master Practitioner and Coach, Buddhism offered me a different perspective of how to develop to be aware of what I do, how I do it and why I am doing it.

This makes me considering my actions.

Keep letting go, I write more next week.

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Evernote Video 5/5

Ok, last but not least, Dottotech publishes a lot of Evernote videos. See also video number 3. This one is another good one to watch but since it is Friday, maybe you want to treat yourself to a couple or search yourself on YouTube or Evernote direct 😉

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Evernote Video 1/5

This week I am sharing five videos about Evernote which I found useful. They are all around 15 minutes and worthwhile watching.

Again, like for anything I have said so far: find your own system and your own way of working with any available system. Evernote is a fantastic tool but people use it differently.

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