- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Celestial Arts; First Printing edition (March 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890878889
- ISBN-13: 978-0890878880
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building a Business the Buddhist Way Paperback – March 1, 1999
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If you believe that your business can be successful and still be built on principles then this book will not only reinforce that belief, but walk you through how to go about setting it up that way from the beginning. If you're already in business, you can still use this information to change your direction and refocus your goals.
Geri Larkin's book grew from her own business career, her experiences as a Buddhist seminarian, and as a trainer.
Basically, the idea here is that your values merge with your work. That you strike a balance between having a business and having a life. The steps are easy: 1) simplify your life; 2) make money honestly; and 3) work is one of the most powerful spiritual practices. If you run your business by your own principles, success will naturally follow.
Even if you are not a Buddhist, the planning tools alone are extremely useful. Yes, there are sections about setting your goals and discovering what you want out of your life and business. But it's much more. This is essentially a workbook. It's full of checklists, worksheets, charts, and formulas.
Beginners will find this book most useful, but don't dismiss it if you're already in business. There are entire chapters devoted to cash flow calculations, setting up a marketing plan, and writing a business plan. You know. A business plan. We ALL have one, don't we?
I did remember balance sheets and income statements, but I sure had forgotten how to do a cash flow analysis, how to figure mark-ups, and how useful a budget can be.
This is a book best read with a pencil in hand and a calculator close by.
So why it didn't I give 5 stars? I think that some of the techniques we teach in our book are better to think about one's mission and values (and to discover them). Also, the way certain topics are introduced as "Buddhist" may put of some readers, which is too bad, given the overall value of this book.
Recommended as compatible with my own writings! This book will guide you through the process to come up with a business plan. Comes complete with worksheets.
Patrick E.C. Merlevede, MSc. -- co-author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"