Successful Business Leadership: Thinking, Communicating and Acting Beyond Self-Interest

 co-facilitated by Linda Copenhagen and Tsering Palmo Gellek, December 16-19th, 2014


Studies across fields as diverse as business, ecology, psychology, education, and medicine increasingly show that acting beyond self-interest has a positive impact not only on the receiving agent but on the one giving.  In this seminar, we will explore how acting beyond self-interest, through cultivating generosity and a holistic view of our endeavors, can yield successful and creative patterns of thinking and acting in business.  We will explore through using traditional Buddhist practices the perceived and real challenges of shifting self-interest to shared-interest.

Exploring core values such as love, compassion, joy and equanimity and the personal and economic impact of making decisions from these values will be deliberated.  In order to create a true learning community of shared-interest, individuals must have the opportunity to examine what it means to be of service and give to others in the work place.  Within this collaborative, shared-interest environment there are far reaching possibilities for individual joy and fulfillment creating a direct link to increased productivity and successful bottom line results.

From corporate social responsibility, to the blossoming of peer-to-peer interactions through new technologies, to the sharing of global economies, new forms of shared-interest are not just emerging because of the untapped economic resources, but because we are looking at untapped human resources in a new way.

How can your business grow in these new economies of sharing?  How can you tap  into the highest values of the human mind and heart for yourself, employees, and clients?  What are the paradigm shifts as global peoples are more connected and thus more interdependent with our continually evolving technologies?  What personal and human resources remain entrapped in our current self-interest model?  Our discussion starts with our own experience and appreciation of our own personal resources, and thus the resources of others – our shared human endowment.

While there is no single framework that will capture how we tap into these rich inner resources, using techniques of the masters of selfless work, we may develop new tools to create successful, sustaining relationships in all fields of human creativity.  We hope ultimately to create a network of individuals committed to realizing a vision of personal and enterprise growth through acting beyond self-interest.


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Dr. Doty is a CCARE Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, as well as an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As founder of CCARE, Dr. Doty works with both the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences and a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. - See more at:

What would the world look like if we designed for generosity? Instead of assuming that people want to simply maximize self-interest, what if our institutions and organizations catered to our deeper motivations? This compelling TEDx talk explores this question and introduces the concept of Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that change the world. The video is charged with stories of such acts, ranging from: the largest peaceful transfer of land in human history, to a pay-it-forward restaurant, to a 10-year-old's unconventional birthday celebration, and the stunning interaction between a victim and his teenage mugger. With clarity and insight, it details the common threads that run through all these gift manifestations, and invites us to participate through everyday acts of kindness -- in an uplifting global movement. - See more at:  (Check this out for what promises to be a very engaging and transformative seminar!)