Written by Bonnie Tsui.
On February 24, the Dalai Lama came to Silicon Valley to talk business. As with most public appearances made by His Holiness, the event was mobbed. Four thousand people packed the Leavey Center, Santa Clara University’s basketball arena, for a glimpse of his red robes—occasional cries of “We love you, Dalai Lama!” were heard—and countless others watched a live streaming broadcast online. The topic of discussion? How to be a better boss.
The ennui and existential despair that comes from spending long hours hunched over in a cubicle, eating lunch at your desk, and counting the days until your next vacation aren’t conducive to kindness. The question is: How do you change it?
Traditional business thinking focuses on extracting the maximum from workers—and maximizing profits in the process. But the pressure we feel to perform well and get results makes our blood pressure rise and our stress levels skyrocket, even absent an overtly abusive boss or competitive colleagues.
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