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and the Great Corporate Cosmos

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Office Politics and the Great Corporate Cosmos

Most companies are painfully aware that the machinations of office politics are a severe drain on productivity. On a personal level, most of us are all too familiar with the energy drain that office politics can cause.

Sage Sifu Says

I worked as a human resources administrator for several years and came to realize that most employee problems are stress related.

The more stress management tools like Tai Chi HR departments can provide employees, the quieter things will be on the front lines of the HR office.

Some employees have commented that when disagreements arise, whether they are between employees or between employees and management,

Tai Chi's calming influence made a constructive exchange of differing opinions possible.

The intra-office political maneuvering we often call office politics, which involves employees wasting time trying to alter office opinion of others through gossip or innuendo, is mostly rooted in fear and control issues. The more relaxed and at ease we are with ourselves, the more at ease we will be with co-workers, rather than reading our fear into office relationships. Again, Tai Chi exercises not only help cleanse our mind and heart of rootless fears, but can help us let go of control issues. Tai Chi's exercises, when done correctly, help us let go of attachment to outcome or destination, and just learn to flow through more effortless changes.

T'ai Chi helps us to break from unhealthy patterns of internal fear or stress responses, and this can resonate out to the office relationships, helping us and our co-workers be both calmer and more productive. Just as tension begets tension, calm can help beget calm in those around us.

On the other hand, if you truly do not like your job, the quiet mindfulness that Tai Chi offers can help you come to terms with it. Its focusing aspect may help you decide what you want, how to get it, and how to be calm and poised enough to perform a great interview for the job you do want. Then someone who really does want your job can come along and fill it, and the great flowing energy of the corporate cosmos can do its thing.

Sage Sifu Says

When possible, try taking a 15-minute Tai Chi break before any major discussion or disagreement with a boss, employee, or co-worker. Let go of all the reasons, justifications, or accusations associated with the issue as you let go of every muscle with each sighing exhale. In fact, let go of the issue entirely. When you come back to it, you will likely approach the problem in a much more comprehensively beneficial way that will more likely leave all parties winning.

Tai Chi & Qigong are the ultimate ergonomics program. Stress costs US business over $300 billion annually ($7,500 per employee, per year.)

"Tai chi ... being used to achieve full potential"
    -- The Financial Times, October 11, 2004

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