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Partners, Competition and Internal Efficiency: Managing conflict in a modern organization has an amazing number of ties to central themes of Zen, “Art of War” and book of change (Tao de Ching).They are all about understanding yourself, your organization, your strengths, weaknesses and synergizing with others to achieve positive outcomes. Collectively these things have a direct correlation to an annual company S.W.O.T review (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). Furthermore, these attributes and approaches mimic an employee’s annual performance review. In Applied Zen workshops we go through approaches to company S.W.O.T. which include: company self analysis, analyzing competition, and partnering for best case strategic outcomes.
All above methods (old and new) are about changing base behavior, beliefs and approaches. These are core values, and are far more important than putting band-aids on problems, or approaching things with simply a behavior change. In regard to ancient philosophies, they of course must be interpreted, and applied, using case studies in a context that matches modern corporate world – but lessons are most definitely there!
Continuing to train ones skills and undergo development both in-house and outside your company is essential.
As ancient samurai saying says: “Continually sharpen sword or it will go blunt!”
By Jason Armstrong, Ph.D. Copyright 2005.
Jason Armstrong, Ph.D., has worked at CEO levels in Japan, the USA, & Australia. He has also consulted for large multi-national companies in Japan and has specialized in the "Art of War" for more than 20 years. He has worked in both biotech and venture capital industries. Today he runs www.AppliedZen.com , which conducts personal and corporate development workshops in the USA Australia and Japan.