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Pointers From The Samurai Code Of Conduct

  1. 1. Pointer from The Samurai Code of Conduct By Manoj Sharma
  2. 2. A Brief History of Japan <ul><li>Scientists believe the Japanese people descended from many groups that migrated to the islands from other parts of Asia, including China and Korea. </li></ul><ul><li>As early as 4500 B.C. , the Japanese islands were inhabited by fishermen, hunters and farmers. </li></ul><ul><li>The early culture was known as &quot;Jomon,&quot; which meant &quot;cord pattern.&quot; That's because the people made pottery decorated with rope-like designs. </li></ul><ul><li>The next major Japanese cultural changed occurred about 200 B.C. The people were known as &quot;Yayoi.&quot; The Yayoi were mostly farmers. Scientists believe the present-day Japanese closely resemble the Yayoi in appearance and language. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>War played a central part in the history of Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>Warring clans controlled much of the country. </li></ul><ul><li>A chief headed each clan; made up of related families. </li></ul><ul><li>The chiefs were the ancestors of Japan's imperial family . </li></ul><ul><li>The wars were usually about &quot;land.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Only 20% of the land was fit for farming. </li></ul><ul><li>The struggle for control of that land eventually gave rise to the Samurai. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>One of the important dates in the history of the Japanese warring class is 660 B.C. </li></ul><ul><li>According to legend, Jimmu Tenno became head of a confederation of warlike clans. </li></ul><ul><li>Tenno was known as &quot;The Divine Warrior.&quot; He led his people from Kyushu to the Kinki region and conquered the people there. </li></ul><ul><li>Tenno settled in Yamato . This eventually gave rise to the Yamato dynasty and state. The leaders of Yamato believed themselves to be of divine origin . </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The Yamato clans conducted many military campaigns on the Asian mainland. </li></ul><ul><li>The targets included Korea and China. </li></ul><ul><li>These campaigns led to the importation of Korean and Chinese culture, technology and martial arts. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Legend says that Emperor Keiko was the first person with the title of &quot;Shogun.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Shogun meant &quot;Barbarian-subduing General.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Legend continues that Keiko had a son named &quot;Prince Yamato.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>He was wise, fearless, strong and a great martial artist. </li></ul><ul><li>Many believe that Yamato was a role model for future Samurai. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Ancient Yayoi warriors developed weapons, armour and a code during the ensuing centuries that became the centrepiece for the Japanese Samurai. </li></ul><ul><li>Early weapons included bows, arrows and swords. Armour included a helmet that protected head and neck, a breast plate that protected the chest, arm and shoulder protectors, and a belly wrap. Later armour included protection for the legs and thighs. Armour changed as the type of battles changed. </li></ul><ul><li>A big change occurred in the 5th century when horses were introduced to Japan . Another change occurred in the 15th century because of the constancy of war and the introduction of guns into battle . </li></ul><ul><li>The code developed from the Chinese concept of the virtues of warriors doing battle to the Samurai code of chivalry known as Kyuba no michi (&quot;The Way of Horse and Bow&quot;) to the Bushido (&quot;Way of the Warrior&quot;) code . </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>&quot;Bushido&quot; means &quot;Way of the Warrior.&quot; It was at the heart of the beliefs and conduct of the Samurai. </li></ul><ul><li>The philosophy of Bushido is &quot;freedom from fear.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>It meant that the Samurai transcended his fear of death. </li></ul><ul><li>That gave him the peace and power to serve his master faithfully and loyally and die well if necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Duty&quot; is a primary philosophy of the Samurai. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Samurai rose out of the continuing battles for land among three main clans: the Minamoto, the Fujiwara and the Taira. </li></ul><ul><li>The Samurai eventually became a class unto themselves between the 9th and 12th centuries A.D. </li></ul><ul><li>They were called by two names: Samurai (knights-retainers) and Bushi (warriors) . </li></ul><ul><li>Some of them were related to the ruling class. Others were hired men. </li></ul><ul><li>They gave complete loyalty to their Daimyo (feudal landowners) and received land and position in return. </li></ul><ul><li>Each Daimyo used his Samurai to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>protect his land and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to expand his power and rights to more land. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Became the ruling class until their decline and later total abolition in 1876 during the Meiji Era . </li></ul><ul><li>The samurai's loyalty was unsurpassed . They were trustworthy and honest . They lived frugal lives with no interest in riches and material things, but rather in honour and pride . They were men of true valour . </li></ul><ul><li>Samurai had no fear of death . They would enter any battle no matter the odds. To die in battle would only bring honour to one's family and one's lord. </li></ul><ul><li>The Samurai code was passed on verbally to each generation of samurai, but over time, seven chief virtues emerged , and became the written form of The Bushido Code. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How The Bushido Code Can Boost Your Business <ul><li>Leadership Matters, Principled Leadership Matter Even More </li></ul><ul><li>To Create Success You Must Know How To Create Leaders Who Cut Through The Chaos Like A Katana Through Anything </li></ul><ul><li>The Mind, The Skill, The Result </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Mind First… <ul><li>Philosophy (The Love Of Wisdom) Is The Key That Unlocks The Mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy in any form creates a person of substance. </li></ul><ul><li>A person of substance, has the ability to produce substantial results. </li></ul>
  13. 13. WISDOM <ul><li>Aristotle – “the knowledge of causes: why things exist in a particular fashion” </li></ul><ul><li>Confucius – “can be learned by three methods: reflection (the noblest), imitation (the easiest) and experience (the bitterest)” </li></ul><ul><li>Manoj Sharma – “the knowledge of principles, the experience of principles, the knowing of principles” </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Wisdom Of Rectitude <ul><li>Rightness of principle or practice; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws; uprightness of mind; uprightness; integrity; honesty; justice. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Rectitude <ul><li>Doing right out of a fear of consequences </li></ul><ul><li>Doing right out of a fear of shame in front of others </li></ul><ul><li>Doing right out of a fear of shame in front of oneself </li></ul><ul><li>Doing right for the sake of doing right with no fear </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Wisdom Of Courage <ul><li>Courage , also known as bravery , will and fortitude , is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. ' Physical courage' is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, or threat of death, while ' moral courage' is the courage to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Courage <ul><li>Courage is only of value in direct proportion to the degree of fear being experienced. </li></ul><ul><li>Courage is not the absence of fear but the present of fear and going ahead . </li></ul><ul><li>Courage is required to live a life of rectitude. </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Wisdom of Benevolence <ul><li>Benevolence characterizes the true goodness of the mind and spirit, the unbiased kindness to do good. It is the expression of agape love (Greek word for unconditional love). </li></ul>
  19. 19. Benevolence <ul><li>Strive to do no harm. </li></ul><ul><li>Not to complain in hardship and trouble. </li></ul><ul><li>To be of service is to put another above yourself . </li></ul><ul><li>To forgive is to forget . </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the commonality of all . </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Wisdom of Respect <ul><li>Respect is taking into consideration the views and desires of others and incorporating it into your decisions. When you respect another, you factor in and weigh others' thoughts and desires into your planning and balance it into your decision making. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Respect <ul><li>Story of messenger delivering, message from Lord to Samurai. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect of others, senior, junior, peers and all. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect of yourself. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Wisdom of Honesty <ul><li>Honesty is the human quality of communicating and acting truthfully related to truth as a value. This includes listening, and any action in the human repertoire — as well as speaking. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Honesty <ul><li>Honesty with yourself first. </li></ul><ul><li>What are you good at? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you not so good at? </li></ul><ul><li>When you do not have time, use your strengths, when you have time, work on eliminating your weakness. </li></ul>
  24. 24. The Wisdom of Honour <ul><li>Honour , is the evaluation of a person’s trustworthiness and social status based on that individual's espousals and actions. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Honour <ul><li>Are you considered honourable by others? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a reputation for good conduct? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you congruent both externally and internally? </li></ul><ul><li>When you are defeated do you honour your opposition with true words? </li></ul><ul><li>Passing on with dignity. For the samurai it was not just important how you live, but also how you die. </li></ul><ul><li>The minor event of your life has already happened; you were born. The major event of your life is yet to happen; you too will pass on. </li></ul><ul><li>How would you like to be remembered? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you need to live? </li></ul>
  26. 26. The Wisdom of Loyalty <ul><li>Loyalty is faithfulness or a devotion to a person or cause. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Loyalty <ul><li>What do you have loyalty to? </li></ul><ul><li>Your business? </li></ul><ul><li>Your family? </li></ul><ul><li>Your staff? </li></ul><ul><li>Your business partners? </li></ul><ul><li>Focus your attention with intention. </li></ul>
  28. 28. THE SAMURA I CODE OF CONDUCT BE AT YOUR BEST ALWAYS – Keep Death In Mind LEAD WHEREVER YOU ARE AT JUDGE ONLY YOURSELF BE LOYALTY… FIND A MASTER BE RESERVED AND TAKE RISKS INDIVIDUALITY AND TEAMWORK NO GOSSIP TRANSCEND ADVERSITY ELEVATE OTHERS BY BEING OF SERVICE
  29. 29. <ul><ul><li>Code 1: Keep Death in mind - Allows them to… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have a clear focus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize they have just one opportunity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seize every moment to get done what needs to be done </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Code 2: To lead wherever you are at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To do that you need to bond with the team leader, team and organization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Samurai, if they have nothing to do, what do they do? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sharpen the sword and practice and practice. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Code 3: Judge only yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask yourself, in this circumstance, was it the right thing to do? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People judge themselves on 2 points </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did I do the right/wrong thing? What do I need to do now? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><ul><ul><li>Code 4: Loyalty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Loyalty to the company, team and yourself even </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Loyalty when it comes to truth. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A lot of times we have something to say, but we don’t say it, though it might be valuable, if you say it , it is courage. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Code 5: Find a Master </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find someone who is good </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The teacher will appear when the student is ready </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anybody could be a master as long as you are open to it. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Code 6: Be Reserved and Take Risk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. in the game, tell another team, I be 1, you be two. There is a risk involved. Why should you be no 1. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Code 7: Individuality and Teamwork </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Operating as an individual and forgot the team. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the game, some teams playing solo, some playing as a team </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The rest of the leaders, when you made a decision, did you go back and discuss with your team? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork does not mean losing individuality. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. in an organization, we have different departments yet all function as a team. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Read book “History of company” to understand the spirit people forming organization </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Code 8: No Gossip </li></ul><ul><li>Gossip destroys organizations </li></ul><ul><li>To kill gossip in the organization, ask “XXX, what you are telling me, is that gossip?” </li></ul><ul><li>If it is gossip, please stop. </li></ul><ul><li>Less gossip, more work gets done </li></ul><ul><li>Code 9: Transcend Adversity </li></ul><ul><li>In life, never going to escape problems, challenges ,circum to it. </li></ul><ul><li>It is only an adversity when you did not continue. </li></ul><ul><li>Code 10: Elevate Others By Being of Service to them </li></ul><ul><li>Very difficult for someone to do </li></ul><ul><li>Only 1 way to conclude this game – someone must be willing to give in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For most people, giving in seems like they lost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We tend to look at things at short term </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I would like to ask him whether “Do you feel you have lost?” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can argue all we want – things may not get done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Somebody has to give in – at work / at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You lost in this game only if you feel you lost. It looks like that at work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to get work done, you whine & complain – you already lost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just because you win the money, you may or may not feel you won </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaborative business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes people assist each other to win deals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major reasons why people play golf </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. For further global assistance for you, your teams and your organization please contact us at… <ul><li>Website: http://www.DifferWorld.com </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http://www.ManojSharma.com/2008/ </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>SKYPE: DIFFERWORLD </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: +65 6338 5669 </li></ul>
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