The principles of Eastern philosophy is like the digital world. And different to the principles of Western philosophy.

In summary, they have little in common. We like to make comparisons. But we cannot compare them. Because they ask and answer different questions of life.

Western philosophy appeals to the mind.
Eastern philosophy appeals to the heart

Yet the digital world is infiltrating our business, personal and home lives. Everything goes faster. There are more surprises. And more uncertainty.

Eastern philosophy provides a bridge of new understanding

Eastern philosophy provides a bridge of understanding. How to look at the digital world from a new perspective. And how to approach increasing change and disruption.

east meets west by jesper lowgren

Western philosophy is about proving something right. This is core to our Western thinking and has resulted in a science-based culture.

We value evidence. What we can prove. What we can measure. Anything that supports a true/right vs. wrong/false classification.

Eastern philosophy comes at the problem, and life, from a different perspective. It finds evidence somewhat meaningless and is more interested in the life experience itself. Does it hold true to us personally? If yes, then it’s true, otherwise false. Whether it holds true for others is of less interest.

The key building block in Eastern philosophy is Yin/Yang. Yin/Yang theory does not try to prove something right. Instead, it tries to understand the core of a problem, by understanding its polarities. The two opposites that make one. Because the more we understand, the better choices we make.

5 areas of complete incompatibility with no meet of mind

Below are 5 areas that show the similarity between the digital and Eastern worlds. And their difference with the Western world.

eastern philosophy is your unique key to the digital world

The key building block in Eastern philosophy is Yin/Yang. Yin/Yang theory does not try to prove something right. Instead, it tries to understand the core of a problem, by understanding its polarities. The two opposites that make one. Because the more we understand, the better choices we make.

Yin/Yang theory throws a different light on the digital disruption

Our most important issue is increasing change and disruption, both personally and in business. Never before has it been harder to stay ahead and remain relevant. How do we survive and prosper in a world where everything is changing? And change velocity is increasing?

Yin/Yang theory seeks to understand the problem, increasing change and disruption, and its polarity. And poses the question: what doesn’t change? Or changes least of all?

The answer is our purpose. All thing being equal, our purpose changes least of all. Our purpose is how we navigate change and disruption. Our purpose is our stake in the ground, the declaration of who we are, where we are going, and who we want to go there with. Read about how to use purpose to differentiate in business.

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Our purpose is the glue that holds us together

Our purpose is analogue as it needs to touch both mind and heart. But what is the polarity of purpose?

Easy, of course, it must be increasing change and disruption. But of course, it isn’t. Because now the question is a little different, and Yin/ Yang theory allows us to change things as we go. Now the question may instead be: what is the polarity of mastering our purpose?

To master our purpose, we must also master its polarity, change. And to do that we need to be agile.

Purpose and Agility are two key polarities for success in the digital world

And that is the connection between the Eastern philosophy and the Digital world. Where success rests on creating two new capabilities:

  1. Identify our purpose to differentiate, and attract like-minded and like-hearted.
  2. Create our agile platform for the digital world, to scale our purpose and make a real difference.

JL

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Jesper Lowgren

Jesper Lowgren is a published author, keynote speaker, member of board of advisors for Enterprise Transformation 2020, and a business & digital transformation thought-leader with Telstra Limited, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider.

He is a published author of two books on transformation. Both are available on Amazon.

- ON PURPOSE – The Path to Extraordinary Business Transformation.
- FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY – How to Re-Imagine Yourself and Re-Define what is Possible.

Jesper is Swedish and apologises for any Swenglish creeping into his writing.
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