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Being Buddha at Work

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Being Buddha at Work by Franz Metcalf and Bj Gallagher
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Feb 06, 2012 | ISBN 9781609942922

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Praise

“This book, Being Buddha at Work, attempts to relate the Buddha’s advice to the modern workplace. I trust that readers will find inspiration here and pray that those who do will meet with success in putting that inspiration into effect.”
—from the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Being Buddha at Work made me think; it made me chuckle; it made me reflect. This little book is like having Buddha as one of your mentors or coaches—someone who can help you with real-world problems.”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

“Most of us could benefit from having a little more of Buddha in us during our daily lives. This is a great guide to transcending the tensions of the workplace and facing issues with humor and equanimity.”
—Walter Isaacson, President, The Aspen Institute, and author of the biographies Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin

“What do you get when a Buddhist scholar and a workplace expert write a book together? Being Buddha at Work—a treatise with profound spiritual implications and practical applications. Being mindful was never as important as it is in today’s high-stress business climate.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“As a Tibetan lama, I am happy that workers everywhere can benefit from Buddha’s teachings in their jobs and careers by reading this inspiring book. These same teachings have guided my Nyingmapa lineage for centuries, so it is richly rewarding to see them expanded into this new realm.”
—Tulku Tsori Rinpoche, founder of Yogi Tsoru Dechen Rinpoche Foundation

“In a world where people are stressed, overworked, and constantly distracted by screens, this book is a gentle wake-up call. Written in a clear and loving language, it will bring a smile of recognition to your lips and help you wipe the dust off your mind’s mirror.”
—Dr. Cristina Rocha, Managing Editor, Journal of Global Buddhism

Table Of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Putting Buddha to Work
Part I: Becoming a Mindful Worker
CHOOSING MINDFUL WORK
Advantages of mindful work
Choosing the right career or job
Becoming a great employee
Self-esteem
Dealing with distractions
PRACTICAL ENLIGHTENMENT
Beginner’s mind
Establishing priorities
Time management
Procrastination
Too much email
Getting lost in cyberspace
Selling without selling out
Really distasteful jobs
QUALITY OF WORK LIFE
When smart people do dumb things
Discouragement
Rumors and gossip
The company you keep
Achieving work/life balance
The cost of integrity and wisdom
BEING SUCCESSFUL
Achieving goals
Multitasking
Finding the “right” answer to a problem
Admitting mistakes
Getting promoted
Celebrating accomplishments
Happiness vis a vis success
MONEY AND HAPPINESS
“The root of all evil”
Personal wealth
Creating a long-term spending plan
Greed
Getting rich
Financial setbacks and losses
Financial hardship
Planning for retirement
DEALING WITH CHANGE
Resistance to change
Anxiety, fear and stress
Losing your job
Changing careers
Finding new work
Taking care of yourself in difficult times
Part II: Cultivating Mindful Work Relationships
WORKING WITH OTHERS
Getting along with others
The golden rule
Influencing others
Doing something extra for others
Double standards between ourselves and others
Work spouses
The importance of listening
Receiving negative feedback
Teaching or training a coworker
Criticizing someone
Encouraging personal accountability
Helping others deal with change
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Dealing with jerks
Coworkers who lie
Handling people-pleasers
Being badmouthed
Anger
Adulterous affairs at work
Whiners and negative people
Conflict with a teammate
CUSTOMERS: LOVE ’EM OR LOSE ’EM
The importance of customer service
Encouragement for customer service people
Handling an angry customer
Bad customer service
Public relations
Part III: Creating a Mindful Workplace
LEADERSHIP AND BOSSES
True leadership
Identifying and selecting good leaders
Becoming a great employer or boss
Bosses who surround themselves with “yes” men
Tough, demanding bosses
Executive egos
Power struggles
Terrible bosses
THE BIG ISSUES
Making a profit
Bottom line thinking vs. Buddha mind thinking
Writing a mission statement
Investing in the future
Developing a learning organization
Encouraging creativity and innovation
Corporate responsibility
Going Green
WORK PRACTICES AND PROCESSES
Short-term versus long-term thinking
Designing work processes
Technology
Business gurus and consultants
Improving communication within an organization
Running an effective meeting
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF EMPLOYEES
Selecting and hiring the right person for the job
Motivating people
Expectations
Employee training
Increasing employee morale
Job security
Guiding career development
Incentives and bonuses
SOLVING PEOPLE PROBLEMS
Policies and procedures
Employee diversity
Stereotyping
Sexism
Sexual harassment
Squabbling coworkers
Firing someone for poor performance
Lack of trust
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
Reorganizing, mergers and acquisitions
Outsourcing and rightsizing
Corporate crises and scandals
Turning around a business
Starting a new business
Glossary of Buddhist Terms
Notes
About the Authors

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