Why Zen & Why I Am Doing This
The honest answer is… because I want to initiate change in leadership values… I decided was either part of the solution or I was part of the problem, I decided to be part of the solution.
The way I put this project/program together is more about how leadership ‘is now’ and how to create a new ideas about leadership, rather than how people do it now.
I want to get people like you to become involved in change. So you can generate interest in what you have to offer as a leader. It’s so much bigger than that but, this is from my heart in hopes that it helps communities, families and small business owners around me.
I am just a catalyst and you will have to follow up and follow through once someone reaches out to you and you find yourself reading this page. My biggest desire is that people realize can make a change for the better, for more inclusive and responsive leadership, for all genders, races, and social status, for our families and friends who matter. This is my way to support leadership change.
Why focus on leadership?
The Trump presidency was the motivation to start thinking and planning a course on leadership. It seemed to me as his presidency evolved many people were inspired by his actions, words, leadership, and his willingness to do anything to achieve power. On January 6 2021 the actions of a few storming the US Congress was the final tipping point. I was either part of the solution or I was part of the problem, I decided to be part of the solution.
Why is Zen and Leadership and what is the connection?
There is an abundance of books, courses, and columns that offer to share the secrets of success and leadership. The concept of leadership has been looked at, researched, and taught, so why are good leaders so rare? I believe the answer can be found in our ability to look inwards. Zen leadership may sound like marketing, but I believe it’s the key to true leadership. I watch many, politicians, CEOs and others project power onto others, forcing their way and imposing their values on those they lead.
You can see examples of forceful, manipulative leadership all over the news recently, with wide-reaching negative impacts upon our society. There are many successful leaders, but are rarely the ones you hear about, they don’t make the news. I believe that successful leaders are the ones who can focus their attention inwards and find a sense of calm and peace that draws others to them. It’s just about becoming more authentic—more real, more human and a better leader.
This desire to start and create a new dialog about leadership led me into the world of ZEN. It started for me with an interaction with a ZEN Monk Paul Reps. He asked me a simple question, which changed the direction of my life in so many ways, thank you Reps.
Many leaders struggle to stay successful and vital in these erratic times; we combine the Zen with your experience and your inner wisdom to manifest your leadership skills to strengthen your expression, and reduce stress, so you can lead with flexibility, joy and purpose.
Zen is characterized by mindfulness, meditation practice, insight into our true nature, and (most importantly) expressing what insights we gain in daily life and applying them to being a leader or becoming a leader.
Zen also has some great stories, which many other Buddhist traditions lack. Not that stories are critical, but I like them and stories provide powerful access wisdom.
The really short answer is this: Zen Buddhism is minimalist. Zen meditation is mainly about following the breath as well as emptying the mind. It also includes a few deeper things like meditative inquiry and riddles.
Help me change the world, help me create better leaders…every where Geoffrey
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