About the Facilitator:
Doug Hall is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University Campbell campus Clinical Psychology 1996 and UCLA’s BA International Relations-Economics. Prior to attending JFKU, Doug worked in a family-run business, selling computer hardware. Doug trained at the Process Therapy Institute where he learned the Process model of therapy, which forms the basis of his consulting and teaching philosophy, especially the being side of the model. Doug gained nearly 3000 hours as an MFC Intern prior to returning to the Sales world, so he can relate to what many therapists do as a profession, not to mention the requirements to promote one’s practice. This experience has also improved his ability to sell consultative services and products.
After leaving the counseling world, he returned to doing various sales jobs. Throughout his selling career, he learned various sales techniques and learned about the aptitudes required for various professions, including those for therapists and salespeople.
In the early 2000’s, he began to meditate and study Buddhist philosophy, both Zen and Tibetan. It’s his passion to bring these ideas to the business world. Another big inspiration in Doug’s life has been the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti. Also, Albert Low’s book Zen & Creative Management has a tremendous amount of content for small businesses to follow.
In the mid-2000’s, Doug lived in China where he taught Business Strategy and Human Resource Development to community college students and taught business owners and professionals conversational English, resulting in increased confidence. Doug also lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong in 1988-89 after graduating from UCLA. While living in Taiwan, he was able to teach and practice his Mandarin skills, of which he calls “functional.”
Beginning around 2010, he began working for RawDaddy Foods, a vegan & gluten-free food startup.
Spirit at Work. What does that mean? More and more, you hear about wellness in the workplace, including work-life balance. Also, mindfulness is becoming mainstream, even at large companies such as Google and Facebook. It is now influencing executive decision making. More presence leads to better decisions and an increase in creativity. The pressure to maximize profits usually gets in the way, especially here in Silicon Valley. Isn’t a more suitable name Stress Valley?
Now consider small business owners and freelancers. It is said small business is the heart of a capitalistic society and the motor that drives the American economy. More and more, small business owners are getting squeezed by large corporations. Workers lose sight of their dreams and visions.
Is there another way to approach the situation? Is it possible to compete without sacrificing our dreams and goals? Can society as a whole change so that no longer is profits at all cost the norm? If it is, won’t spirit play a big role in that? Business is a great environment to allow workers to learn about themselves, grow and heal. Zentrepreneurial.com is a place to help one do that!
This is a hands-on approaching to small business consulting. There is counseling, teaching and business development. Rather than telling you what to do, it’s more about working together side-by-side and talking like old friends. Learning is more natural and growth is more sustainable. There is a general understanding such as “this works”. It is often said it’s all about asking the right questions aka “functional” questions. These come up organically and naturally. Do you want to tap into this? Are you getting this from your current supporting cast? Feel free to ask any questions or make a comment or request.
To bring Spirit into the workplace, where it is the primary objective and making money is secondary.
As in most posts on Zentrepreneurial.com, italicization of words refers to the words of either Jiddu Krishnamurti or Albert Low. The website writer’s words are in regular text.