The Tao of Business

It happens that people look at The Tao of Business as a book that could help them understand and navigate the Chinese market. But this book was never written with this intent in mind.

If you want to have a quick guide to understand how modern China ticks businesswise, you better take to the The One Hour China Book series by Jeffrey Towson and Jonathan Woetzel.

The original idea for The Tao of Business was to take the concepts regarding leadership and management that you can find in the Tao Te Ching and present them in a modern context that is easily accessible for busy modern readers looking to insert more or deeper meaning into their business activities.

The Tao of Business and the related article “Leadership & Organizational Patterns in the Daodejing” in the Journal of Management Development want to present alternatives to the ways people and things are all too often dealt with in business as well as in politics. A Taoist approach is to do things together with people and for people and not above people’s heads, to protect the natural environent we are a part of instead of exploiting nature.

Two statements by Peter Drucker 

In May 3’s Fortune CEO Daily (http://www.fortune.com/2017/05/02/ceo-daily-tuesday-2nd-may/) Alan Murray quotes two statements by Peter Drucker that I want to re-quote here, because I find them of high relevance in an environment where CSR is too often merely seen as an important marketing tool to redirect attention from otherwise not so responsible business practices: 

“It is management’s public responsibility to make whatever is genuinely in the public good become the enterprise’s own self-interest.”

“The proper social responsibility of business is to tame the dragon – that is, to turn a social problem into economic opportunity and economic benefit, into productive capacity, into human competence, into well-paid jobs, and into wealth.” 

I think in a nutshell these two beautiful quotes actually provide essential strategic guidance for any entrepreneurial activity in the context of sustainable management. 

“The Healing Roots of Wing Chun” in Hamburg, Germany

My first public Wing Chun class in Hamburg, Germany focusing on the healing roots of Wing Chun takes place Thursday evenings at Medosophos, Rutschbahn 11 a. The class will be about body mind synergies and the philosophical, spiritual and medical aspects of Chinese Buddhist and Taoist traditions at work in Wing Chun. For more details have a look at my website: www.tao-moves.com

Sustainable management and leadership – body mind synergy coaching in Hamburg, Germany

Every endeavor in the field of sustainability starts with oneself. Since “a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step,” the unfolding and fostering of a sustainable physical and mental foundation in oneself is an absolute prerequisite of a truly meaningful sustainability journey. This is why and how I work with Chinese movement traditions.

For more details about my body mind synergy coaching and Chinese martial arts / Qigong trainings — not only in Hamburg, Germany — take a look at my tao moves website: www.tao-moves.com

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)

How Much Is Enough by Arun Abey and Andrew Ford:

How Much Is Enough is a really interesting book on investment, on becoming a better investor.

The reason why I find this book so interesting is that it sees and explores links between investment strategies and personal attitudes towards happiness and well-being.

You could call How Much Is Enough a handbook on sustainable investment.

Arun Abey & Andrew Ford. How Much Is Enough? – Money – Time – Happiness: A Practical Guide to Make the Right Choices. A&B Publishers, 2007.

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