The term ‘business guru’ became trite decades ago and has only become more so with so with time. Which is why Singapore-based business leader Joseph Bismarck’s article on the blog Left Handed – Right Mind stood out to me as a rare example of a businessman who genuinely deserves the title. Following an adolescence spent in a Hindu monastic community in the Philippines he set about applying the spiritual and ethical lessons of his upbringing to the fast paced world of multinational corporations. As a corporate executive Bismarck combined his own personal charisma and entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on interpersonal relationships, ethical business practices and an abiding concern for the well-being and personal growth of his clients and employees alike.
Unlike some other corporate executives who run their companies as amoral profit centers concerned only with the bottom line Joseph Bismarck measures profits in what he builds, whether economically in the form of successful projects and enterprises, environmentally by pioneering and implementing green business practices such as recycling and conservation or in human terms by cultivating the talents and creativity of his employees. More concerned with what he leaves behind than what he has and with the good his work produces than the money it brings in this former monk is a business guru in every sense of the word.