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Tao Te Ching: What Great Leaders know about True Success

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The Reward

It’s more important to tell the simple, blunt truth than it is to say things that sound good. The group is not a contest of eloquence.

It’s more important to act in behalf of everyone than it is to win arguments. The group is not a debating society.

It’s more important to react wisely to what is happening than it is to be able to explain everything in terms of certain theories. The group is not a final examination for a college course.

The wise leader is not collecting a string of successes. The leader is helping others find their own success. There is plenty to go around. Sharing success with others is very successful. The single principle behind all creation teaches us that true benefit blesses everyone and diminishes no one.

The wise leader knows that the reward for doing the work arises naturally out of the work.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

Insight: 

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu

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Tao Te Ching: Where to Find the Resources that You Need to Succeed

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Inner Resources

To know how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know myself takes wisdom.
To manage other people’s life takes strength, but to manage my own life takes true power.

If I am content with what I have, I can live simply and enjoy both prosperity and free time.
If my goals are clear, I can achieve them without fuss.
If I am at peace with myself, I will not spend my life force in conflicts.
If I have learned to let go, I do not need to fear dying.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

Insight: 

“At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are, and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu

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Tao Te Ching: Know How Things Happen

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Tao Means How

Tao means how: how things happen, how things work. Tao is the single principle underlying all creation. In other words, Tao is God. Tao cannot be defined, because if applies to everything. You cannot define something in terms of itself. If you can define a principle then it is not Tao.

Tao is a principle. Creation, on the other hand, is a process. That is all there is: principle and process, how and what. All creation unfolds according to Tao. There is no other way.

Tao cannot be defined, but Tao can be known. The method is meditation or being aware of what is happening. By being aware of what is happening, I begin to sense how it is happening. I begin to sense Tao. To become aware of what is happening, I must pay attention to this present moment with an open mind. I must set aside my personal prejudices or bias. Prejudiced people see only what fits those prejudices.

The method of meditation works, because principle and process are inseparable. All process wraps the underlying principle. This means that I can know Tao. I can know God. By knowing Tao, I know how things happen.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

Insight: 

“Accepting the World, you embrace Tao. Bearing and nurturing, creating but not owning, giving without demanding, controlling without authority, this is love.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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Tao Te Ching: What’s Soft is Strong

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Soft and Strong

Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. The wise leader knows that yielding overcomes resistance, and gentleness melts rigid defences.

The leader does not fight the force of the group’s energy, but flows and yields and absorbs and let’s go. A leader must endure a great deal of abuse. If the leader were not like water, the leader would break. The ability to be soft makes the leader a leader.

This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

Insight: 

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” ~ Lao Tzu

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Tao Te Ching: Performance, Polarities, Paradoxes, & Puzzles

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Polarities, Paradoxes, and Puzzles

All behaviours contain their opposites:

  • Borrowing to be wealthy creates pay back and poverty.
  • A show of strength suggests insecurity.
  • What goes up must come down.
  • If you want to prosper, be generous.

Also:

  • The feminine outlasts the masculine.
  • The feminine allows, the masculine causes.
  • The feminine surrenders, then encompasses and wins.

And:

  • Water wears away the rock.
  • Spirit overcomes force.
  • The weak will undo the mighty.

Learn to see things backwards, inside out, and upside down.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

Insight: 

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” ~ Lao Tzu

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