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Z. B. A. : The Zen of Business Administration -- How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life,9781577314691

Z. B. A. : The Zen of Business Administration -- How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life

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9781577314691

ISBN10:
1577314697
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/21/2005
Publisher(s):
New World Library
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Summary

In the great Zen tradition of teaching stories, Marc Lesser relates his own personal and professional trials as he navigates the delicate path of managing a successful business while staying true to his spiritual roots. Struggling through a difficult economic climate, he also faces the usual challenges of running a growing company — meeting payroll, balancing cashflow, hiring and firing employees, and maintaining relationships with vendors and customers. Guiding him through these difficulties while providing strength and insight is the practice of Zen. Utilizing his training as a Zen practitioner, Lesser learns to apply specific teachings such as the eight-fold path directly to work and life. In chapters such as "Work: The Impossible Request," "Appreciating Uncertainty," and "Accomplishing More by Doing Less," ZBA: The Zen of Business Administration provides readers with intimate, helpful advice, while acknowledging the paradox of applying spiritual practice to the business world.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv
WE ARE ALL ZEN STUDENTS, WE ARE ALL BUSINESSPEOPLE
We Are All Zen Students, We Are All Businesspeople
5(8)
Start Where You Are
13(8)
Serenity Is Not Freedom from the Storm but Peace within the Storm
21(4)
The Benefits of Integrating Zen Practice with Your Work
25(6)
Unfreezing Your World
31(4)
Work: The Impossible Request
35(4)
Our Happiness and Freedom Are Right Here, Right Now
39(4)
Before Awakening, Work Is Just Work; After Awakening, Work Is Just Work
43(6)
The First Thing, the Most Important Thing
49(4)
That Darn Tail
53(6)
WALKING THE PATH
Walking the Path
59(4)
Uncovering Your Approach: Right View
63(8)
What Are You Thinking? Right Thinking
71(6)
Paying Attention: Right Mindfulness
77(6)
It's What You Say: Right Speech
83(6)
It's What You Do: Right Action
89(4)
It's Your Work: Right Livelihood
93(4)
Staying with It: Right Diligence
97(4)
Staying Focused: Right Concentration
101(8)
WISDOM: YOUR ORDINARY MIND IS THE PATH
Generosity
109(4)
Ethical Conduct
113(4)
Patience
117(4)
Energy and Zeal
121(4)
Meditation: Letting Go of Everything
125(6)
Wisdom: Your Ordinary Mind Is the Path
131(6)
LISTENING TO YOUR CLEAR, QUIET VOICE
Run Your Business and Your Life Like a Zen Monastery Kitchen
137(6)
Impermanence
143(4)
Listening to Your Clear, Quiet Voice
147(4)
Radical View of Life, Radical View of Business
151(4)
Accomplishing More by Doing Less
155(4)
The Power of Intention
159(4)
What Do You Want? What Do You Have to Do to Get It? Can You Pay the Price?
163(4)
No Other Truth
167(4)
Taking the Busyness Out of Business
171(4)
Having a Teacher or Mentor
175(4)
Interdependence
179(4)
Success Is Highly Overrated
183(6)
Tenacity
189(4)
Let Cash Be Your King, but Let Flexibility Be Your God
193(6)
YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
Be Mindful of the Needs You Meet
199(4)
Radical Listening
203(4)
Appreciating Uncertainty
207(4)
Sit-Down Comedy: Humor at Work
211(4)
Embracing Our Stories
215(4)
Woo Hoo, I Feel Really Dumb
219(4)
Not You, Not Your Problems
223(2)
You Can Change the World
225(4)
If It's Not Paradoxical, It's Not True!
229(4)
Act as Though You Know What You Are Doing
233(4)
Epilogue
237(4)
Nine Practices for Being More in Connection with Yourself While at Work 241(2)
The Z.B.A. Manifesto 243(4)
Recommended Reading 247(4)
Acknowledgments 251(4)
Index 255(12)
About the Author 267


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