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    The Dalai Lama on the Power of Positive Thinking for Women Business Leaders



    As women business leaders and entrepreneurs, we are often faced with adversity and its challenges. But for me, it is all about balance, humility, grace, staying focused on the prize and having the ability to discern the real issues from the “noise.” And, as leaders and entrepreneurs, our mission is to guide our teams, even when we are facing difficult challenges.

    Entrepreneur Rod Kurtz recently met with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for a discussion on compassion, leadership, the pursuit of happiness and his outlook on the world following a conference at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, California. He noted that although the Dalai Lama isn’t what you’d call an entrepreneur, he has encountered many ups and downs throughout his life while maintaining a great sense of humor and a positive outlook.

    Rod asked his fellow board members at the Center for Living Peace for their advice on staying positive even when faced with challenging times, and I wanted to share some excerpts from their answers with you here:

    Bob Parsons
    Founder and CEO, The Go Daddy Group
    “I focus on my Rule No. 16: ‘We aren’t here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!’ I really don’t get ‘down’ all that often. I know when I’m excited about what Go Daddy is doing, that enthusiasm has a way of moving down through the ranks. You really have to give your employees a reason to work hard, when you think about it, many of us spend a lot of our lifetime on the job, so you might as well make it fun!”

    Rob Adams
    Director, Texas Venture Labs at the University of Texas
    “Remain positive, always wear your game face and be a good actor. Like it or not, people key into your disposition about the company, and if you’re not positive and upbeat, no one will be!”

    Phil Town
    Investor and Author of Rule #1 and Payback Time
    “The best way I know to do that was given to us 5,000 years ago by the Bhagavad Gita: Yogasta Kuru Karmani.

    “In the event you don’t have Krishna in your chariot, it helps to have a great spouse — ‘great’ defined, in part, as someone you deeply respect who sends you out there every day thinking you’re better than you are. And if you do have that person in your life, return the good karma to your spouse (and kids) by not taking your business problems home with you. This is where you have to just man up and put on a happy face. If you can do it at home, you can do it at the office. And remember, this too shall pass.”

    Jennifer Hill
    Chairwoman, Astia NYC Advisory Board
    “First, I keep my eye on the horizon and try to remember that the ups and downs are totally normal. The roller coaster is part of the fun! Then, I visualize where I want things to be, focus on getting there, and think about actions to take. Sometimes I picture a third person in my situation and the advice that I would offer. If distance from the situation will be of benefit, then I take a walk to clear my head or engage in an activity in which I can totally and completely lose myself (flow) to take my mind off it.

    “Second, rough patches can be great instigators for change, so taking a dynamically different approach with the team creates a fresh lens. Sometimes I forget that no one expects me to have all the answers. Thus, articulating the situation with the team and actively brainstorming new approaches is one way to work through the rough patch and engage your core resources to help.

    “Lastly, I rely on my personal support system (husband, friends, peers, advisers). There are a wealth of people who have faced this before and survived, or who know me well and can offer suggestions for being more effective. Tapping into this wisdom is incredibly beneficial.”

    Rieva Lesonsky
    CEO, GrowBiz Media
    “As a leader, it’s really important for you to not let your team see you sweat. If you appear nervous, worried or distracted, it will only cause them to be concerned. So when things aren’t going my way, I let myself internally panic for no more than two days — all the while faking a positive attitude to other people. During those two days, I try to do something cathartic (sometimes I cry, sometimes I pray) and then I try to do something constructive, like come up with a new idea for a client or think of a product extension. Also, life always seems better when you’re eating a Dairy Queen ice cream cone.”

    2 Responses to “The Dalai Lama on the Power of Positive Thinking for Women Business Leaders”

    1. [...] I really believe in the power of positive thinking, and I have blogged about it many times. If you are interested, please read my favorite blog on this subject: “The Dali Lama on the Power of Positive Thinking for Women Business Leaders.” [...]

    2. Pam Truitt says:

      Great post and an excellent reminder that no one is perfect!

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