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10 Leadership Lessons from the Tao Te Ching

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You will learn 10 top leadership lessons captured from the famous Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. Originally written by Lao-Tzu nearly 2500 years ago, this ancient text speaks to us delivering modern messages for empowering teams to perform at high levels. Every one of these thoughtful quotes will better inform you for leading at work, in sports, and in family life.

10 Leadership Lessons from the Tao Te Ching

  1. 1. 10 Leadership Lessons from the Tao Te Ching An Ancient Text With A Modern Message Ken Tabor, @KenTabor
  2. 2. If you want to know me, look inside your heart. Poem 70
  3. 3. Tao Te Ching consists of 81 poems written by Lao-Tzu around 550 BC Tao Te Ching roughly means The Book of the Way
  4. 4. Think of the Tao as the unnamable, essential, ideal form, and process of all existence. Please dig deeper because it’s a HUGE concept
  5. 5. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Poem 67
  6. 6. wei wu wei action without action It’s not a matter of doing nothing
  7. 7. How can we achieve a wholly instinctive way of behaving? Where we cannot separate an actor from the action
  8. 8. If you don’t trust the people, you make them untrustworthy. Poem 17 #1
  9. 9. Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Poem 33 #2
  10. 10. Poem 3 #3 If you over esteem great men, people become powerless.
  11. 11. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. Poem 8 #4
  12. 12. Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know. Poem 56 #5
  13. 13. The Master leads by emptying people’s minds and filling their cores Poem 3 #6
  14. 14. When they think that they know the answers, people are difficult to guide. When they know that they don’t know, people can find their own way. Poem 65 #7
  15. 15. The Master doesn’t talk, he acts. When his work is done, the people say, “Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!” Poem 17 #8
  16. 16. The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is. Poem 81 #9
  17. 17. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. poem 9 #10
  18. 18. Tao Te Ching Translations (C) 1988 by Stephen Mitchell Harper & Row, Publishers
  19. 19. Tao Te Ching Written in Chinese it must be translated Written 25 centuries ago it must be interpreted In the form of poetry it must be expressed
  20. 20. We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. Stephen Mitchell ! Hollowed out, clay makes a pot. Where the pot’s not is where it’s useful. Ursula K. Le Guin ! One hollows the clay and shapes it into pots: In its nothingness consists the pot’s effectiveness. Richard Wilhelm and H.G. Ostwald ! Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English 4 translations for the same passage of poem 11
  21. 21. More on Leadership and Technology blog.katworksgames.com Ken Tabor, @KenTabor, bit.ly/kenslides

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