The Hagakure Manager

Ray Samor is the bestselling author of "The Hagakure Manager", a new and exciting book that takes the ancient wisdom found in the ancient Japanese book Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai and applies them to our modern business environment.
"I think there's a lot we can learn from this old manual," says Samor when I meet him at his office at Baloney, Brouhaha and Hotaire in downtown Manhattan. "Because that's what this book is: a manual for how to improve your life and the lives of those around you. And yes, sometimes that means disemboweling your fellow man."
"It's quite stunning how well these old recommendations translate to the corporate world. Take this quote:

In the last fifty years, men's pulse has become the same as women's. Noticing this, in the treatment of eye disease I applied women's treatment to men and found it suitable. When I observed the application of men's treatment to men, there was no result. This I knew that men's spirit had weakened and that they had become the same as women, and the end of the world had come. Since I witnessed this with certainty, I kept it a secret.
I read this as: equality in the workplace is a disaster. Treat men and women differently; they are different, after all. But don't tell anyone or you'll have a discrimination lawsuit on your hands."
"And there's more. 'A samurai will use a toothpick even though he has not eaten' translates as 'Our company does not have a dental plan.' But the wisest lesson of all can be found hidden in this quote: "Furthermore, drinking a concoction of the feces from a dappled horse is the way to stop bleeding from an injury received by falling off a horse.'"
I look at Samor quizzically. Could he mean...?
"That's right. If you got on your high horse and fell flat on your face, just eat whatever horseshit they feed you, or you're out the door pronto."

Note: All quotes are from the book Hagakure - the Book of the Samurai, written in 1716 by Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Here are sizeable excerpts from the book.

Posted by cronopio at 03:45 PM, January 20, 2006