It’s too easy to mask, hide or protect ourselves from the outside world that sometimes we never truly discover or allow our true value to be shared. An old parable about a Golden Buddha reveals powerful leadership reminders that we need to hear in 2020 and beyond. Our relationships, teams and cultures need our gifts and authentic beauty.
1:18 – Jason introduces the podcast. We sometimes spend so much time cloaking ourselves in armor that we forget about the gold that is within. Jason explains.
3:30 – Highly recommended documentary to watch about leadership called Finding Joe. It is about the mythologist Joseph Campbell and The Hero’s Journey.
5:00 – The story of a Buddhist parable. Jason tells the amazing story of the village that saved itself from destruction and from the vandals stealing their most prized possession, the Golden Buddha. How did they do it? How did they save the Golden Buddha? Listen to the episode to find out.
How did they do it? How did they save the Golden Buddha? Listen to find out.
9:10 – There are three lessons that come to mind. 1. We all have beauty and value. The people on your team and in your organization. 2. No matter what happens around us, we can’t lose sight of the value or beauty within. 3. Remember to chip away at our armor. It’s easy to put masks and armor on to hide ourselves now. This makes us lose sight of the beauty within.
11:24 – The Buddha reminded that only three things mattered: 1. How much you loved. 2. How gently you lived. 3. How graceful you let go of things not meant for you.
The Buddha reminded us that only three things mattered…
12:15 – The best organizations follow those ideals within their company. What would that look like if we did that for ourselves? How do we focus on the things that will all travel gracefully on that mission that is ahead of us?
Questions to Ponder:
- What is your beauty? The value within that sometimes you hide and sometimes you just forget?
- What’s the armor that needs to be chipped away? How are we putting armor on our team that needs to be chipped away?
- How are we celebrating our team and letting go of the things that are not meant for us?
Remember, everyone of us has gold and value within but we can’t mask it. We can’t forget that we have value and we have something to share with the world and with each other. We have to be that thermostat.
ABOUT THE THERMOSTAT
Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.
A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.