Buddhism in the boardroom, and about time!

21 Feb

View from Servcorp, North Sydney

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As part of the Servecorp business shorts, i went along to the presentation by Barbara Jones in the Servecorp North Sydney offices, i tell people i used to have shares in Servecorp, and that’s true, i had a very diverse portfolio back in those days, then i read about Warren Buffett.

Warren says, ‘Keep all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket’, no more Servecorp shares for me, not many eggs left either.

Introducing Warren

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The views at the Startcorp offices in Chifley square are amazing, views over the Domain on one side and the harbour on the other, but for me and everybody else on Thursday, the North Sydney views were even more spectacular, it has to be one of the best views in Sydney, that was the back drop for the presentation, not bad.

Introducing Barbara

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Barbara introduced herself as a corporate trainer, after extensive experience in the corporate world, her new business is ‘Executive mindfulness’ and ‘mindfulness training’, which i found very interesting.

What do you know?

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I remember hearing from the CEO of Startcorp many years ago say

‘You always know more than you think’

Which is true, i have done quite some meditation over the years, i always have some spiritual book, currently i have a book by Osho, ‘Belif, doubt and fanaticism’.

Tuth be told, alternative people and their views on life interest me, there are so many differnt people, differnt lives, carreers, tastes and the list goes on and on, i have made my choices in life and here i am, other people too and we all want to have a happy life, we just go about it in differnt ways.

Osho

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Now, Osho is not like any Buddhist, he is in a category all of his own, as far as i can tell

One of the last chapters i read this morning i think sums up the point of the book, when he says, if you dont know yourself all other knowledge is useless.

We look for solutions in all the wrong places, only by meditating do we begin to understand our true self, and by treading this path do we become the people we are supposed to be, for Osho, meditating is the key, and it’s more than that.

Meditation increases a hormone called ‘DHEA‘ in your body, it’s the most common hormone in your body, some of the benifits of DHEA include:

  • It helps the body fight viral and bacterial
  • DHEA also help prevent depression
  • Helps control the damaging effects of stress-released cortisol.
  • Helps the body produces more of healing, calming, regulating hormones during a relaxed state

In short, it’s amazing!!

Sounds like the kind of help you might need if you were the head of large corporation?

Barbara talked of a monk that she works with, from memory, he describes himself as, ‘the CEO of a company thats over 2000 years old’

Whats interesting is that corporations are now beginning to pay attention to mindfulness, awareness, observing the moment, being present in the moment and it goes on.

How interesting

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