Saturday, July 10, 2010

Appreciate the soulful nature of your business

How do you bring a soulful attitude to your business? In their article "Soul survivors" for Fast Thinking, Stephen Malloch and Bridget Armstrong share signposts based on Buddhist concepts, to create sustainable businesses. They write, "For us, Soul is an orientation to living, a way of appreciating life. Soul loves simple details and community. For Thomas Moore "Soul is ... a quality or a dimension of experiencing life and ourselves. It has to do with depth, value, relatedness, heart and personal substance." The three signposts that Malloch and Armstrong elaborate are:
    "Everything changes - let go of the past, and change what needs to be changed
    Interbeing - be aware of the impact of your actions, and seek collaboration with companions
    Beginner's mind - let go of preconceptions, and appreciate what's in front of you"
They suggest, "Through discussion with business companions and with business coaches working from the principles laid out here, you can discover what is getting in your way, and start creating a great business that feeds and expresses your Soul."

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