White Collar Zen: Using Zen Principles to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Your Career Goals

ISBN: 0195160037
ISBN 13: 9780195160031
By: Steven Heine

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It is said that in traditional Japan the samurai embraced Zen because it helped them to be fearless in adversity, to act quickly and decisively, and to keep focused on their ultimate goal. In White Collar Zen, Steven Heine shows how, by applying Zen principles in our working lives, we can achieve the same results for ourselves. Heine describes the way Zen embraces two different yet harmonious paths. The Way of the Hermit teaches detachment--the mental clarity you need to view your situation dispassionately and impartially, to perceive who is an ally and who is a competitor, to understand what is possible and what is not. The Way of the Warrior teaches the ability to act without hesitation at the proper moment. Together, they can prepare you to meet the challenges of the modern professional world. Heine offers a step-by-step approach to attaining these skills and applying them in daily life. Using real-world examples interwoven with sayings and stories from the Zen tradition, he shows how Zen can help in situations ranging from gaining a deserved promotion to overcoming obstacles that arise from a breakdown in teamwork. values integrity, respects every individual, emphasizes cooperation, and serves the goals of the larger group. Replete with practical advice, White Collar Zen will appeal to many of the same readers who have made The Art of War and The Book of Five Rings so successful. It will certainly fascinate anyone interested in applying Zen principles to achieving professional excellence.

Reader's Thoughts


If you're looking for a more thoughtful way to approach your work life look no further. White Collar Zen translates ancient wisdom into practical advice for today's business professional. And the way Heine seamlessly weaves Zen teachings and modern work examples together makes for an easy and pleasurable read.

Bert Edens

As a manager, I was really looking forward to this book. It seemed to be one that would contain many principles that I could apply on a day-to-day basis. That said, I really had to struggle through finishing this book. For being just under 200 pages, not counting the Appendix, it should have been a quick read. But it just plodded along. It seems like the author makes some good points, but the examples seem repetitive and sometimes he gets too far off track with Zen stories and koans. It's almost like the core of the book could have been accomplished in about 20 pages, with a few examples.It did give me some good ideas. Just wasn't the great resource I was hoping it would be.

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