How to integrate personal performance , business profit and societal progress while preparing for disruption.
In the context of accelerating change, in all aspects of socio-economic relationships and natural environmental conditions, the traditional Buddhist concept of ‘ mindfulness ‘ provides a path to help cope with the uncertainty associated with the current disruptive situation.
If your industry leaders are wrestling with questions about adapting to rapidly evolving business models, or how to meet customer demands for greater responsiveness, or how to remain calm and kind – then ‘ Buddha in Pinstripes ‘ is for you ! Based on many years of study and extensive experience at senior levels of international business, as well as consulting in varied workplaces, this book is designed for people who are leading in the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world of business with a desire to generate profit whilst contributing to social purpose. It provides a guide to the origin and nature of VUCA along with effective ways to transform these circumstances into opportunity.
This transformation can result from a new approach of integrating personal performance with business profit and societal progress using ancient principles of Buddhist-based mindfulness. This book aims to bring the ideas to you in a practical package that can quickly integrate new information from the emerging data in this area. It presents a framework for understanding and action, along with enough information to guide implementation of a substantial tailored intervention.
The growing interest in mindfulness as a path to improving profit, sustainability and contribution to society, delivers a compelling proposition in times of uncertainty. Mindfulness and the principles it represents directs us to understand that uncertainty is to be expected, that it need not be feared, and that it may offer opportunity for the innovation that is required for success. Where the environment is fraught with systemic uncertainty, our most important role may be to embody this understanding and help others to do the same.
Much confusion about what mindfulness actually means and an exploding interest in the topic can make mindfulness seem too complex to apply to a contemporary business. This diminishes the opportunities that can accrue. The following pages set out a practical, commercially-relevant framework to translate Buddhist leadership principles and mindfulness-based practices into business - from design to implementation and evaluation.
In the pages ahead, you will learn more about the problem of uncertainty and the hypothesis of mindfulness as a solution. By discovering an approach to building mindful organizations, hopefully you will be able to avoid mistakes and design a solution tailored to your specific needs. These solutions are explained in steps that show you how to use mindfulness principles to ensure that in your organization:
•People are present,
•Leaders are kind,
•Systems are safe,
•Governance is ethical, and
•Strategy is integrated and innovative.
In this way, mindfulness is a tool that can transform an organizational culture to one that is caring and courageous, aware and agile, stable and evolving.
‘ Buddha in Pinstripes ‘ provides both the theory and the practical steps that you and your organization’s leaders need to take to prepare your organisation for disruption, generate sustainable profit and social purpose and allow your people to be peaceful.