Circular economy …

“Remaking the Industrial Economy”

By Hanh Nguyen, Martin Stuchtey, and Markus Zils
McKinsey Quarterly, February 2014
(http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/Manufacturing/Remaking_the_industrial_economy?cid=manufacturing-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1402)

Also take a look at the Circular Economy Reports by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation(http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/business/reports)

Technology and Sustainability

The discussion of this Guardian post by Jo Confino, “How technology has stopped evolution and is destroying the world” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/technology-stopped-evolution-destroying-world) very much reminds me of the summary of the social criticism within the Tao Te Ching in my doctoral dissertation (pp. 417-432: http://ub-dok.uni-trier.de/diss/diss27/20010129/20010129.htm).

“The Mind Business”

If only more companies would truly make mindfulness a core of their actions! Just read a recent Financial Times article by David Gelles with the following subtitle:
“Yoga, meditation, ‘mindfulness’ – why some of the west’s biggest companies are embracing eastern spirituality”

Here is the link to the article and a comment by Dr. Shi Bisset and me:
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/d9cb7940-ebea-11e1-985a-00144feab49a.html#comment-2826731

Making work meaningless:

“How Leaders Kill Meaning at Work”

McKinsey Quarterly, January 2012, by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer
(https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Governance/Leadership/How_leaders_kill_meaning_at_work_2910)

The above is an important read for senior executives that goes well together with the emphasis on “personal development” as an outstanding reason in getting an MBA in the following post by MBAChannel, “New Survey Challenges Some Accepted Truths” (http://www.mba-channel.com/channel/article/new-survey-challenges-some-accepted-truths):

“Professor Emmanuel Dion, of Audencia Business School explains: ‘The MBA is about creating leaders. Professional experience plus personality is what forms you as a leader and enables you to deliver results for your company.’ ”
(Quote from the MBAChannel post)

Taoist-style management, a real-life example:

I just read a Harvard Business Review article by David K. Hurst about an impressive real-life example of a turnaround in which Taoist concepts played an important inspirational role. The article makes me really look forward to David K. Hurst’s new book planned for publication by Columbia University press in spring 2012.

Though the article actually is from 1984, it has not lost any of its relevance! Here is the link to the article:

Of Boxes, Bubbles, and Effective Management
by David K. Hurst, Harvard Business Review, May-June 1984
(http://hbr.org/1984/05/of-boxes-bubbles-and-effective-management/ar/1)

“Leadership and Organizational Patterns in the Daodejing”:

My latest article on the relevance of Daoist/Taoist concepts and strategies for management has just been published by the Journal of Management Development. The title is “Leadership and Organizational Patterns in the Daodejing”.

Journal of Management Development, Vol. 30 Issues: 7/8, pp.675 – 684
(http://www.emeraldinsight.com/fwd.htm?id=aob&ini=aob&doi=10.1108/02621711111150191)

Thinking in/and business:

I just listened to an interesting interview with Edward de Bono about business and thinking that I want to share here:

“Edward de Bono on the A-Z of Creative Thinking in Business”

bvo
– The Business Voice,
(http://bvo.com/programmes/edward-de-bono-on-the-a-z-of-creative-thinking-in-business)

… and there is a couple of articles on social entrepreneurs and their fascinating variety of business models and ways of doing business in Inc. Magazine I recommend reading:

“How a Business Can Change the World: A Special Report on the Innovative Business Models Social Entrepreneurs are inventing”

Cover story of the May 2011 issue of Inc. Magazine
(http://www.inc.com/magazine/20110501/how-a-business-can-change-the-world.html)