Vision, value, growth, and well-branded acumen have, according to Ole Bentzen, never been more important than now, where digitalization sets the agenda in the world of business. Author of Nine Squares, Ole, gives us insight into how to lead with calmness and direction.
Based on an ancient Chinese legend, the Lo Shu story of the magic turtle, Nine Squares is a fresh approach to management theory and practices to thrive in contemporary digital chaos. The book draws inspiration from the Chinese master who read the patterns on the back of a turtle and saw a deeper pattern that was based on the natural balance of the universe; The Magic Square.
This pattern inspired in-demand speaker and coach, Ole Bentzen, to create The Magic Square methodology which has been applied to his management, leadership and brand work over 40 years. It provides a formula which leads to results that are characterized by the sense of direction for which we each aim. The philosophy complies with nature’s system and at the same time, it provides direction in relation to being in balance with oneself, as well as one’s fellow human beings.
A note from Ole Bentzen
“It’s no surprise, that human beings are not designed to operate daily life with continuous disturbances. As a result, we have become mentally weaker and agreeable to daily noises in the increasingly frantic world we live in. Dalai Lama once said, “Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health”. We as humans strive to find moments during the day to escape, whether it’s over a 5-minute coffee break, a spinning class, or simply getting home early before the kids just to get a moment of calmness to realign our metal state. Some even opt for longer moments through so-called digital detoxes, or meditation camps where they can reconnect with themselves and rebuild their inner strength.
You will find a lot of leadership books talk about how to become a great leader is through being more of a team player, or being open to feedback, or leaning to communicate well, etc. However, rarely do they talk about the key to doing all those things is calmness. How can you be the best at what you do if you do not have calmness and sense of direction?”
Advanced Praise for Nine Squares
“One of the biggest things I have learned through my journey with the Nine Squares is how simple running a business can be. It has me realize how much time I have taken up consuming unimportant complexities that gain the business no benefit. Through the Nine Squares principle, I now have a clear overview to further develop my company in areas that matter!” – Casper Bargholz, CEO Design4Web
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