Zen & Creative Management

A blog devoted to the book Zen & Creative Management by Albert Low. By blogging about this author’s work, my hope is to generate creative ideas about bringing spirit into the workplace.

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Each of these ideas is the energized core of a unique design for a business.  The exploitation of each idea requires a comprehensive intellectual grasp of the totality of a business viewed as an interacting system.”  The task demands “special intellectual ability to visualize the translation of ideas and strategies into controlled operating systems responsive …

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Much of the work done at middle and senior management level, much of the consultation work, is simply the expression of ideas in a verbal form through reports, financial statements, contracts, and decisions.  The result that ensues from the work of a financial, engineering, or industrial relations consultant is no less a product than the …

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Looked at this way it becomes difficult to find the boundaries of an object.  An automobile melts into subsuming and interacting ideas of steel, rubber, gasoline; ideas of friction and compression; ideas of fleets of cars, tanks, and jeeps; ideas of vacations, business trips, and visits to friends.  An automobile is a system of ideas—ideas …

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On the contrary, “so far from being controlled by the market, the firm to the best of its ability has made the market subordinate to the goals of its planning.”  Galbraith is equally categorical when he says that profit maximization is no longer necessary. The second difference in management theory is exemplified in the writings …

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