What Would Buddha Do at Work?: 101 Answers to Workplace Dilemmas

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With the economy booming, people are experiencing extraordinary material benefits yet still hunger for deeper meaning in their work lives. What Would Buddha Do at Work? uses the gentle teachings of Buddha to help readers discover that meaning. What Would Buddha Do at Work? presents 101 situations or issues that people struggle with daily, ranging from coping with difficult bosses, serving customers, and working as a team, to being creative, solving problems, and offering leadership. In response to these dilemmas,...
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Overview

With the economy booming, people are experiencing extraordinary material benefits yet still hunger for deeper meaning in their work lives. What Would Buddha Do at Work? uses the gentle teachings of Buddha to help readers discover that meaning. What Would Buddha Do at Work? presents 101 situations or issues that people struggle with daily, ranging from coping with difficult bosses, serving customers, and working as a team, to being creative, solving problems, and offering leadership. In response to these dilemmas, the authors pass along Buddhist wisdom that will inspire and guide readers to “enlightened” answers to their problems — answers that are spiritual as well as practical and realistic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569753002
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ken Blanchard xi
Introduction: Putting Buddha to Work xiii
Part I: Becoming an Enlightened Worker 1
Choosing Enlightened Work 4
Advantages of enlightened work 5
Developing a vision and mission 6
Choosing the right career or job 7
Attachment and desire at work 9
Becoming a great employee 10
Bolstering employee self-esteem 12
Self-improvement 14
Staying focused 15
Practical Enlightenment 17
Establishing priorities 18
Time management 19
Procrastination 20
Contributing ideas at work 21
Keeping commitments 22
"The ends justify the means" 23
Taking care of company property 24
Becoming Successful & Making Money 25
"Playing it close to the vest" 26
Achieving goals 27
Finding the "right" answer to a problem 28
Admitting mistakes 29
Getting promoted 30
Dressing for success 31
Celebrating success 32
"The root of all evil" 33
Personal wealth 35
Greed 36
Getting rich 37
Overcoming Problems 38
Burnout and depression 39
Codes of ethics 40
Wanting too much 41
Really distasteful jobs 42
Hypocrisy 44
Rumors and gossip 45
The company you keep at work 46
Into Your Future 47
People who want to change themselves 48
Making your workday worthwhile 49
Achieving balance between work and personal life 50
Empowering employees 51
The cost of integrity and wisdom 53
What's really important in life 54
Part II: Cultivating Enlightened Work Relationships 55
Leadership And Bosses 58
True leadership 59
Identifying and selecting good leaders 60
Tough, demanding bosses 61
Executive egos 62
Terrible bosses 63
Working With Others 64
Cultivating good working relationships 65
Influencing others 66
Doing something extra for others 67
Double standards 69
Listening 70
Constructive feedback or criticism 71
Teaching or training a coworker 72
Criticizing someone 73
Encouraging people to be personally accountable 74
Dealing With Difficult People 75
Dealing with jerks 76
Coworkers who lie 78
People who don't practice what they preach 79
Being badmouthed 80
Being hurt 81
Adulterous affairs at work 83
Self-righteous "experts" 84
Whiners and negative people at work 85
Conflict with a teammate 86
Customers: Love 'em or Lose 'em 87
The importance of customer service 88
Encouragement for customer service people 90
Handling an angry customer 91
Bad customer service 94
Part III: Creating an Enlightened Workplace 97
The Big Issues 100
Becoming a great employer or boss 101
Making a profit 103
Writing a mission statement 104
Contemporary business language 106
Investing in the future 107
Developing a learning organization 108
Corporate philanthropy 109
Responsibility for the environment 111
Holding onto capital 112
Work Practices and Processes 114
Short-term versus long-term thinking 115
Designing work processes 116
Technology 118
The internet 119
Telecommuting 120
Business gurus and consultants 121
Improving communication within an organization 122
Running an effective meeting 124
Care and Feeding Of Employees 126
Selecting and hiring the right person for the job 127
Advice for training departments 131
Increasing employee morale 132
Job security 133
Guiding career development 135
Solving People Problems 136
Policies and procedures 137
Compensation and employee benefits 139
Employee diversity 141
Stereotyping 144
Sexism 145
Sexual harassment 146
Squabbling coworkers 148
Firing someone for poor performance 149
Organizational Problems and Solutions 152
The rat race of work 153
Analysis paralysis 154
Divisiveness and factions within the organization 155
Corporate crises 157
Turning a business around 158
Appendix A: Who Was Buddha? 160
Appendix B: What Did Buddha Teach? 162
Appendix C: Key Buddhist Terms 165
Appendix D: Resources on Buddhism 168
About the Authors 172
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