Purpose and Integrity for Sustainable Success in Turbulent Times

The Art of Leadership

Introduction: How to make a difference

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“This is the most lovable of all the great texts; funny, keen, kind, modest, indestructibly outrageous, and inexhaustibly refreshing. Of all the deep springs, this is the purest water. To me, it is also the deepest spring.” Ursula K. Le Guin, American novelist

“This is the one book I’ve read every single day; it has transformed my life many times in many, many different ways.” Simon Wardley (swardley), inventor of Wardley Mapping

“If you do not know the philosophy of Tao Te Ching, you have no chance of success.” Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group

“I’m not just sitting and talking about the Tao, but starting and doing it.” Zhang Ruimin, founder of Haier Group

“Lao Tzu itself is an agile manifesto.” Peter Merel, author of “The Agile Tao”

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Acclaim for The Art of Leadership

“A beautifully deep exploration of leadership based on a modern interpretation of my favourite Chinese classic, the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.” Rod Leaverton

“This is powerful, this is for practical people struggling with business goals.” Goran Skugor

“I love this interpretation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. The insights go beyond what I could possibly imagine. After leading a tech company for more than 26 years there is still so much to learn and study. Thank you Erik for bringing these more than wise words to our attention.” Joern Larsen

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Erik Schön

From hacker, software researcher and system engineer to leader, executive and strategizer. Writer: #ArtOfLeadership #ArtOfStrategy http://yokosopress.se