Buddha and leadership

In many of the ancient traditions are powerful lessons . These lessons do not require a reading of the text from a religious perspective. I find that if I simply let the music of the words reach me, there is great wisdom.

ImagesI have been working with clients on developing a culture of accountability. A place where each person feels a personal commitment to the vision,purpose and goals of the organization. Creating an environment where everyone accepts ownership for their decisions and act with integrity in all relationships both internal and external.

Creating this environment often requires a new way to consider leadership and power. As I was writing some materials on this subject, I was reminded of something that is ascribed to the Buddha. His words are translated as:

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason
and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

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This simple, yet profound advise captures the challenge that everyone in an organization faces in accepting true accountability. It reminds us to decide for ourselves what is right. This kind of consensual accountability creates organizations where we challenge each other not to create tension but to create clarity and alignment. It contradicts an old notion of blind follower-ship.

Are you ready to decide for yourself what is right? It requires courage and determination. The rewards lead to peacefulness and living and leading with purpose.

Until later,

Thomas

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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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