Posted by: Knightbird | April 30, 2012

Sacred Hoops, by Phil Jackson, p. 109

I have been re-reading Sacred Hoops. It is so full of Lean advice. One page was particularly poignant because of my experience. We have interviewed a number of potential employees who thought very highly of themselves and apparently thought they could fix us provided we hire them. They asked for a lot of money and demonstrated very little ability to work as a team. They felt that we were asking a lot of them and deserved substantial compensation. We also noted that some who came from a place where they worked twice as many hours as we did still wanted the twice as many hours compensation for the hours we worked. So many people have a very high opinion of themselves. What Phil teaches is that we can be confident that our talents and abilities can fit into a team environment where we can all benefit-not just the chosen few. Enjoy the following quote.

“Lakota warriors had a deep reverence for the mysteries of life. That’s where their power, and sense of freedom, came from. It was no coincidence that Crazy Horse, the greatest Sioux warrior, was first and foremost a holy man. To the Lakota, everything was sacred, even the enemy, because of their belief in the interconnectedness of all life. As one seer put it” “We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the starts. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know how we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”

The Lakota didn’t perceive of the self as a separate entity, isolated from the rest of the universe. The stones they carved into arrowheads, the buffalo they hunted, the Crow warriors they battled, were all seen as reflections of themselves. Black Elk wrote in The Sacred Pipe, “Pease…comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.”

The Lakota’s’ concept of teamwork was deeply rooted in their view of the universe. A warrior didn’t try to stand out from his fellow band members; he strove to act bravely and honorably, to help the group in whatever way he could to accomplish its mission. If glory befell him, he was obligated to give away his most prized possessions to relatives, friends, the poor, and the aged. As a result, the leaders of the tribe were often its poorest members. …”

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