Zen in the Workplace

Approaches to Mindful ManagementGerry Shishin Wick Sensei

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Shishin Sensei, Zen teacher and corporate director, on the enlightened qualities of every good manager:

When the country prospers, the king’s name is unknown. It is only when there are problems that everyone knows who is to blame. It is the person in charge, the ruler: the king, the president, or the manager.

When the king is more important than the country, the country will not prosper. When the manager is more important than his or her employees, then the company will fail. If a manager is doing his or her job properly, then the company should run smoothly. The manager will become like a forgotten person, which is what a manager should strive for. Too many managers believe that they must have all of the answers and control every situation.

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