A Mindful Approach to Work (and Play)
It's often said that a business partnership is like a marriage and the data is supportive of that assertion. The average lifespan for a business is 8.5 years, which is precisely how far along in a marriage when the average divorce occurs.
Some say opposites attract, and it may be true, but it hardly makes for a strong bond. What makes for a lasting relationship are a common set of principles, for that is what pervades all actions and expectations, in good times and bad. Likes, dislikes, interests and so many other extraneous factors are far less consequential than what might be implied by the weights typically applied to them. Just as wanting kids or hoping to be healthy and wealthy isn't enough to ensure a successful marriage, neither can a business depend solely on a common desire to "be the best" or "be world class," for in all of these cases, the goals are relative and therefore dependent upon the assessor's core principles.
In a business, it is the set of principles which the partners hold in common that forms its culture. In bringing together the Bija team, we seek individuals who share our core principles, thereby purposefully crafting a culture which values and encourages transparency, discipline, creativity, introspection, individuality, equanimity, compassion, balance and accountability, no matter the task at hand or the challenge being faced.
In his book, Sacred Hoops, Phil Jackson, one of the most successful coaches of all time said it perfectly. "Visions are never the property of one man or one woman. Before a vision can become a reality, it must be owned by every single member of the group." It is this common vision, these principles, shared by every member of our team, which forms the Bija culture and pervades the relationships we forge with all who join us as clients, service providers and co-workers.
"Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life."