How To Make Your Wind Horse Fly

“Better sharpen your wits on this one…”

Riding wind horse demands more than equestrian prowess. It requires being genuine. So how do certain personalities conquer the world riding wind horse?

Examine the case of Alexander The Great. He was ambitious, stubborn and determined. What did he really gain by conquering the known world besides saddle sores and a swell head?

As Aristotle’s principle student, Alexander believed he could ride wind horse. He rode hard and swept Persia in his wake. Next on his agenda were the desert sands of Central Asia until he came upon the Indus River. At the gateway to India, Alexander felt stymied. He had lost his sense of purpose. Trying to regain his composure, he sent out two men to uncover a personage of great wisdom, which they found in a nearby village.

Alexander questioned the sadhu extensively and became even more frustrated. Threatened with death, the sadhu replied, “You have the power to take away my physical body, but you do not have power over life and death. Only the Guru has this power”.

Intrigued by the Guru principle, Alexander spared his life. He entreated the wise one to return with his men to Greece. He remembered Aristotle’s discourse. Holy men of India are reputed to have the unlimited powers Alexander craved. What he failed to see was that the sage did not ride the winds of power; he fostered the spirit of compassion.

“Because you prefer riding the winds of compassion…”

The Indian sage agreed to Alexander’s request. However, he also foretold Alexander’s destiny. The sage recognized men who exercise absolute power feel invincible. They also have no taste for the true path of wind horse.

We need not make the same misguided mistakes. There is another path. The Tibetans refer to this path as riding wind horse of wisdom. It is the path of the sacred warrior where there is no violence. The principal of wind horse is best expressed in the following quotation by Lao Tzu:

Mastering others is strength; Mastering yourself is true power”.

All warriors riding wind horse recognize the need for resilience. Training and preparedness give us the necessary reflexes to handle challenges. Attempting to ride wind horse without discipline is a dangerous exercise. It can cause the unwary untold suffering. It needs to be cultivated with awareness. Therein lies the trap. Certain personalities go for the dramatic power play. However, this path has no bells and whistles. There are either applause or bold strokes. Misguided riders just receive a heavy blow to their ego.

The key is to cultivate an invisible mala. These are the beads of gentleness, courage and self knowledge. Learning to radiate this goodness makes riding wind horse a sane proposition. Take for example, the wealth of openness. There is no need for luxury brand yoga mats or organic cotton kung fu outfits. Openness can not be fooled. It knows artifice from basic goodness.

“Putting the pedal to the metal…”

Once I met a Buddhist monk sitting in the middle of a mountain stream. It was a hot summer’s day near Almora. I could feel his playfulness and approached. He motioned me to sit next to him. The water was refreshing and felt good.

You must find your comfort zone. Observe the flow of water through my fingers. Never aim to grasp what cannot be held by the hand.”

What can I learn from this gesture?”

What you learn is to observe the inner sanctum of the closed fist. Unfurl your fingers thus”, he demonstrated.

The hand is empty”, said I.

Precisely”, he retorted.

Is this how we attempt to handle the wind horse of the unexpected?

Unwittingly, yes. The commonest pitfall every aspirant on the wind horse path falls prey is termed spiritual materialism. There is a universal tendency to see riding wind horse as a process of self-improvement. There is nothing to measure. It is a question of getting rid of what you no longer need.

The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use,” spoke the buddhist monk, “even spirituality.” The trick is to let go of the desired result rather than mental persistence.

So instead of making a dramatic wish list of career or behavioural changes, start with just observing your nature. Let go of conflicting ideas and the wind horse will reshape your reality. The only barrier is overcoming fear. Dealing with fear is a complex phenomenon because it raises the issue of insecurity.

The more you fear, the more incapacitated you become. You become frozen in action and it becomes all-consuming if you don’t let go. Do not mistake fear for adversity. This was pretty sound counsel the monk shared.

When fear dissipates, you experience a wave of self-confidence. Alexander didn’t understand this principle. He suffered from false pride. Fear plagued his every step. His leadership was based on force not the mobile force of communal ownership for decisions taken.

Whatever you do, do not go through the motions of riding wind horse. Life does not imitate art. Life is not an action movie or video game. It just is. If you really want to accomplish something worthy of your energy, then it is advisable to execute a strategy of selflessness. The more you give, the more you will receive in return. This is not the law of supply and demand. It is a higher law, and it registers every act of selfishness.

Will you be completely understood if you pursue riding the wind horse of compassion?

Perhaps not by everyone, but then you will not mind. You will have discovered your own inner strength. Gratitude will arise from your heart. Adversity will no longer seek to cross swords with you as you gallop to the beat of a different drummer.

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Article Title: How To Make Your Wind Horse Fly
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Andrew Scharf shares enchanting stuff on the topics of marketing, innovation, talent development, coaching, enchantment, and craftsmanship. He is also the head Koi at CAREO, a career management consultancy under the WCW Group brand.

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Can You Afford To Ignore Engagement

“Because you recognize business wisdom doesn’t come with job titles…”

Engagement is not about getting married. Smart business leaders understand that they must evangelize and inspire their colleagues to get the most out of their team. Engagement therefore, is fostered with trust and open exchange. The truth of the matter is leaders and particularly managers find the art of engagement difficult.

Engagement demands dialogue, participation, and connecting. Most managers feel uncomfortable with this process. They believe that it questions their authority and that people will think less of them. These individuals couldn’t be more wrong. Business wisdom and strategic planning do not come with job titles. They come with experience and more importantly an innate understanding of human values and behavior. You cannot learn this in grad school. Nor can you master this subject by reading academic journals or professional reports.

So, if something is missing, where can we learn to empathize and tap the source of engagement? Inside the human heart. To find out more, search this space and uncover what motivates you to succeed, thrive, and prosper in any environment. This process is quite difficult. It takes you out of your comfort zone because it personalizes your decisions and how you interact with colleagues. It makes you responsible.

“When you love to samba…”

Managers feel more comfortable crunching numbers, acting as policy wonks, and base every decision on what they term, the concrete data. If you walk this path of conventional wisdom, you will only reveal your lack of empathy and never succeed in getting your colleagues to engage. Grad school is partly to blame for this persistent behavior and the corporate world only serves to reinforce these attitudes for keen players who wish to make it to the top.

To illustrate this point, we know someone by the name of Bibi. That’s not his real name. He works in finance at an investment firm and his job is to get the clients he handles to make as many trades as possible during a week. Bibi is good at his job and he’s serious about his work. He manages four people, who handle a lot of his research. The overall environment is insanely competitive. Yet his job brief also states that he must coach his junior colleagues. He is uncomfortable with this because rather than see his team as individuals fighting for the same cause, he sees them as an internal threat.

Then the unthinkable happens. One of the team members got pissed after work and crashed his motorcycle skidding off the road. The team was devastated. Under his shell, Bibi realized that he was too hard on everyone at the office. Despite what senior supervisors might think, he decided to take the initiative and do something about this. He got his team together outside the office and they talked about their feelings, their expectations, and what really mattered to them. In their young faces, he could see himself. He rediscovered in his heart what it meant to aspire, be different, be successful yet still show his humanity.

When he discussed this issue with us, I realized that he had begun to tap the real meaning of leadership and to act as a mentor with dignity. It was a challenge, but his team members noticed he was no longer the same man. They went to the hospital and visited their injured colleague. Empathy was no longer a word in a dictionary. It had become an action plan.

Why does it take a crisis to make certain leaders or managers face up to the fact that we are all human beings with real feelings and dreams? The corporate world can be a rather brutish place. But it doesn’t have to be. The blue print for business can incorporate financial gain with those softer values we all cherish. It’s a matter of engagement, commitment and caring. Our experience has shown that if your employees or colleagues are unhappy at work, results suffer. Worse, everyone is demoralized and either they injure themselves or they leave as soon as they can.

Core motivation is built with passion. But passion can only be fostered when people love what they do. This can only happen when they are engaged and given positive incentives. So what in your view is the best way forward based on your experience as a business leader? How positive are you in the work place?

Join the conversation. Let us know how you engage.

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Andrew Scharf shares enchanting stuff on the topics of marketing, innovation, talent development, coaching, enchantment, and craftsmanship. He is also the head Koi at CAREO, a career management consultancy under the WCW Group brand.

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Career Management For Your Eyes Only

“Because everyone needs a check list…”

When you’re bored, you’re ready for anything. You’ll even buy a stairway to heaven. Then someone drops a file on your desk. It’s tied up with a red ribbon and marked: Career Management For Your Eyes Only.

You can choose to ignore this file at your own risk. However, your heart is beating just a few pulses faster. You feel restlessness like electricity, and it can be contagious. Consequently, your fingers pull the red ribbon like worry beads at a Greek wedding. In your heart, you know it’s time to move on.

Now you are oblivious to the traffic outside your window. Your thoughts permeate the atmosphere. This is where a shift in perception becomes essential if career guidance is to become a proactive engagement. So you untie the next section of the dossier. It feels like a Bond film. And so you begin to flip through the contents and read.

Good Morning Mr. Bond. Imagine you are holding a beautiful Ming Dynasty jar in your hands. Caress the form and shape with your eyes. Notice the blue and white design of peonies. Admire the symmetry. Speculate who created this lovely object. Of course, you would love to meet the creator of this magnificent piece of bone china.

Trying to come to grips with its creator, lift the lid of the jar. Is there a message inside? No, it is empty. Actually Mr. Bond, the pot is filled with air. If the jar suddenly slips from your hands, it shatters on the floor. What happens to the air trapped inside?

It will merge into its surroundings. The lesson we should learn is that the form of the jar gave us the illusion that it was separate from its surroundings. The air represents our aspirations for career change.

You put the dossier down. You stand up and down a glass of Evian. Something has happened, but you are not sure what. Your mind is playing tricks again. There is a parallel that your physical form is similar to that Ming dynasty pot. You recognize that these circumstances are not so far fetched. After all, the human form is just a jar. It is however, more precious than anything crafted during the Ming dynasty.

A thin smile breaks out across your lips. You’re catching on. It wasn’t a Spector show at all. Now you get it. We need our bodies to perform many types of actions. In theory, the mind is a great deceiver. It cons us to believe that we are in control.

And then you remember that accident when you jumped out of that airplane and fractured your foot. You could’t walk for the next 3 months. Control was no longer in your hands. What you previously took for granted became an issue.

“OMG! I left the rice cooker on…”

Normally, you never gave your feet a second thought. They did their job, which is to take the body from place to place. Through the body we experience pleasure and pain. It also goads us to take action. However, when you go to sleep, what happens to your body?

Can you take the body with you as you glide into a state of sleep? Of course, you don’t. It remains nicely tucked up under the blankets. You retrieve your body in the morning when you open your eyes. Now, you are ready to tackle the day’s activities. Recognizing your responsibilities, you head for the espresso machine. For the moment, your compassion for your self is unconscious. To sustain your activities, it must be conscious.

What disintegrates minute-by-minute can not be undone. Focus on what is constant. Listen to the sound of your breath and see it like the ocean tide. Identify all that can change as impermanent and let go. A plan of action is clearly indicated.

Now Repeat To Yourself
I forgive my self. I love my Self. I am happy and complete. If you engage and convince your mind that this is your real state of being, you will enhance your creative thinking, leadership & managerial capabilities. It is so simple, but you must take the time to do so. By re-booting your inner hard drive, you update your software for maximum contentment in both business and pleasure.

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Why Your Career Should Be Like Driving A Ferrari

“When revving up to go…”

Career Management should be like driving a Ferrari. Why stay stuck in traffic? Get your heart and brain to work in harmony. Fly down the highway of professional life. Forget fighting your inner demons.

Take the case of Nasruddin for example. He is the consummate Formula 1 mechanic. To help his clients surmount the challenges of today’s business environment, he harnesses some rather unusual techniques to instigate career change. For instance, he escorts clients to an oasis in the desert. On the journey, he addresses the need for a strategic approach to personal brand management.

Once at the oasis, they refresh themselves. The client explains his dilemma. Nasruddin listens intently. He says nothing, but gets up and walks over to the well. He spends the next 15 minutes lowering a bucket on a rope into the shaft to retrieve water. His client is perplexed. This is not the type of career advice that someone expects.

“Sometimes with the best intentions, we can loose our marbles…”

Yet, Nasruddin persists. He literally stands at the well in the blazing light. He repeats this simple action of lowering and raising the water bucket. While doing so, he laughs like a hyena. At a certain point, intense frustration sets in and the client walks away. Even Nasruddin’s donkey begins to wonder. Perhaps, this career management specialist has been in the sun too long. Later at the caravanserai over a cup of mint tea, Nasruddin meets up with his client again. The time has come for smart talk. He begins by explaining why his donkey’s reaction makes him a genuine jackass.

Nasruddin was really addressing us, our anxieties, and insecurity. We are so used to hearing the usual recitation of what are the rules to succeed that we fail to consider alternatives. We are also trapped by our emotions and do not comprehend what it takes to tango with authenticity. The jackass is a metaphor for our minds trapped by unbridled emotions.

On closer observation, we learn that our overly calibrated intellects see the rope binds the bucket. What we fail to recognize is that our senses represent the bucket. The rope constrains our ability to act irrationally. Uncontrolled emotions generate action with negative consequences. Only when we let go, do issues get resolved concretely. When the music swings your are caught up in the rhythm without thought. Your mind is free to release its creativity on the dance floor.

“We all have to start some where…”

Remember, the Self is independent of possession and transgression. It recognizes that we cannot shape the conditions of the job market. Emotions however, rock our stature. We become possessed by our feelings. The end result is that we bob up and down on the river of fortune.

The water bucket does not determine its own movements. It is controlled by the rope of the mind. Similarly, the factors shaping career management are within our grasp. We must avoid ignorance, attachment, and grasping. Like waves at the seashore, we must go beyond the obvious. Learning to compete is the art of letting go. Find what you do best, and just be your self.

As the second round of mint tea is being poured, Nasruddin explains: “We are now positioned to transcend our self imposed limitations. Helping others, starts by first helping ourselves. Once we are on the way, we are positioned to extending our insights. This demonstrates true nobility of character.

As a great Tibetan sage once said, “The more we help others to ford the river of life, the more happiness we feel with our own being because we found a remarkable sense of purpose“.

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Article Title: Why Your Career Should Be Like Driving A Ferrari
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About The Author
Andrew Scharf shares enchanting stuff on the topics of marketing, innovation, talent development, coaching, enchantment, and craftsmanship. He is also the head Koi at CAREO, a career management consultancy under the WCW Group brand.

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