The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change

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Overview

"What if we are constantly being sent signals and offeredopportunities, but because we are so involved in our mad rush tosurvive the day that we simply don't receive them? What if we'restuck, asleep at the wheel, and we just don't know it, because ourconventional ways of thinking, rigidly structured routines, andsolidly set minds block us from discovering what the universe iscalling us to do?"

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The Shibumi Strategy is a little book about a big ...

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Overview

"What if we are constantly being sent signals and offeredopportunities, but because we are so involved in our mad rush tosurvive the day that we simply don't receive them? What if we'restuck, asleep at the wheel, and we just don't know it, because ourconventional ways of thinking, rigidly structured routines, andsolidly set minds block us from discovering what the universe iscalling us to do?"

From the introduction

The Shibumi Strategy is a little book about a big breakthrough.It tells the story of Andy Harmon, a hardworking family man whofinds himself in crisis when his company closes. Through hisstruggle, and guidance from unlikely sources, he learns subtlelessons in Zen principles, coming to understand that it is oftenthe unexpected setbacks that harbor the power to transform. Whenapproached as an opportunity, these unforeseen trials can oftenresult in a life-changing breakthrough. For Andy, it comes in theform of shibumi—a Zen concept without direct translation inEnglish but connoting effortless effectiveness, elegant simplicity,and the height of personal excellence.

Engaging and enlightening, The Shibumi Strategy provides apathway for a five-phase cycle, encompassing lessons on commitment,preparation, struggle, breakthrough, and transformation. Alsoincluded are short insights, practical takeaways, and exercises forincorporating this philosophy in everyday life.

Designed to strike a universal chord, Andy's journey towardshibumi enables individuals to adopt their own interpretations ofthe concept and create meaningful changes in their lives. For thosenavigating difficult transitions, struggling to overcome internalsetbacks, seeking to regain balance, or simply taking newdirections, The Shibumi Strategy offers a fresh perspective on thechallenges we all face at some point in work and life.

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What People Are Saying

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With this short, simple fable, Matthew May manages to illuminate an all-too-common career crisis with Zen insights and concepts that not only provoke thought but also give readers powerful strategies to tackle change, challenge, and opportunity.”
—Gretchen Rubin, author, The Happiness Project

"Matt May has written a little book full of big ideas.  Drawing from ancient Zen practice and applying those principles to modern life, he shows how you can turn the obstacles in your path into opportunities to transform your career, perhaps even your life."
—Daniel H. Pink, author, Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Matt's done it again: shown us how to break out of constraints and get the job done. He's also proven how Japanese practices and Zen principles that are difficult to translate can explain everything.”
—Guy Kawasaki, co-founder, Alltop.com and author, Reality Check

"The holy grail for any leader is to reach a state of clarity and peak performance. Through the power of story, The Shibumi Strategy shows us how, and sheds an invaluable light on the role (and potential) of the everyday struggles we face."
—Scott Belsky, founder & CEO, Behance and author, Making Ideas Happen

"What an exquisite story! Matt May deftly weaves ancient wisdom with modern realities, revealing how each of us can embrace the struggle inherent in any meaningful breakthrough—and use it to transform our own potential in work and life."
—Sally Hogshead, author, Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation

“This is a treasure of a book, and just the kind of uplifting medicine that’s needed right now. It’s about something that in the west we don’t even have a name for, and yet it holds the key to finding our way in challenging times. When you know how to look at the events of your life, everything is there to show you what you can’t see on your own, and offer you opportunities that you normally walk right by. No matter your life circumstances, this is the kind of book that can (and almost certainly will) change your life.”
— Sarah Susanka, author, The Not So Big Life and The Not So Big House series

The Shibumi Strategy is a simple but affecting tale—a must-read for anyone looking to make sense of breakthrough change at work and in life.”
— Ori Brafman, coauthor, Click: The Magic of Instant Connections

The Shibumi Strategy tells a touching story with a universally resonant message you’ll want to keep close to your heart and share with others.”
— Maddy Dychtwald, author, Influence: HowWomen’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better

“This exceptional book is a game-changer. Read it. Apply it (fast). And step into your next level.”
— Robin Sharma, author, The Leader Who Had No Title and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470769508
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,016,466
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.05 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew E. May is an internationally recognized innovationauthor, design strategist, and columnist for the American ExpressOPEN Forum Idea Hub. He is a popular speaker and master kaizencoach, working with organizations all over the world. His previousbooks include In Pursuit of Elegance and The Elegant Solution. Helives in Southern California.

For more information, please visit:www.shibumistrategy.com,become a Shibumi fan on Facebook, and download the Shibumi app fromiTunes.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

THE FABLE.

The Commitment.

The Preparation.

The Struggle.

The Breakthrough.

The Transformation.

THE PRACTICUM.

Note to Reader.

Reflections on Shibumi.

Kata for Practice.

Notes and References.

Glossary.

Reading and Resources.

About the Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Open your self to the opportunities that appear on a daily basis

    I loved this book. I truly believe in the message that Matthew May presents about opening ourselves to new opportunities through effortless effectiveness. Opportunities are all around us, but if we take the time to be present in the moment with ease, they will appear.

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