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Embracing Laziness

"Industrious people build industry. Lazy people create civilization." - Kaz Tanahashi I was recently interviewed by a national magazine for an upcoming story about laziness. Since I'm the author of…


3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Work

When deciding about the work I do, I envision three circles: Impact, Joy, and Financial Sustainability.  Does my work have positive impact, does it bring joy to me and to others, and is it financially…


3 Ways to Practice Patience at Work

I sometimes think that Zen students and entrepreneurs are the most patient, and at the same time the least patient, people. Zen students spend long hours, days, and years, sitting, facing a wall, ex…


Bringing Joy & Presence to the Kitchen

"When you prepare food, do not see with ordinary eyes and do not think with ordinary mind." This quote is from a document titled "Instructions to the Head Cook," written by Eihei Dogen in 13th cent…


Embrace Change

"Put aside the intellectual practice of investigating words and chasing phrases, and learn to take the backward step that turns the light and shines it inward." These words are from Zen teacher…


Stepping From the Top of a 100-Foot Pole

To go to war or not to go to war? To act or to wait and see? Women's rights or the rights of the unborn?  Collaborate or challenge? Step forward or step back? What is our real motivation? How d…


Goals and Intentions

"The goal of our life's effort is to reach the other shore -- the true wisdom of life is that in each step of the way, the other shore is actually reached. To reach the other shore with each step of t…


Letting Go of Your 10-Year Plan

I was recently celebrating my friend Darlene Cohen's life by re-reading one of her books, Turning Suffering Inside Out.  Darlene was a wonderful, brilliant, outrageous person, and long-time Zen teache…


Listening To Your Clear, Quiet Voice

I think of myself as having been asleep for most of my childhood. In high school my goal was to get good grades, while learning as little as possible. I was successful at both these goals. While at co…


Work (and Life) as a Sacred Activity

“Don’t be a board-carrying fellow.” This expression, sometimes used in Zen, refers to a carpenter carrying a long, wide wooden board on his shoulder, blocking his view in one direction. It is an admon…


about Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is CEO of ZBA Associates LLC, a company providing executive coaching, leadership development consulting, and keynote speaking services to businesses and non-profits. He is a developer and instructor of Google’s Search Inside Yourself program. Marc is a Zen teacher with an MBA degree and a former resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years. He is the author of Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration.

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