Live blog by Peter Metzinger
Another Currywurst Campaigning Night Zürich. Our speaker tonight is Nicole Brandes.
Her topic: Business Feng Shui. I had invited her after finding out how many companies use Feng Shui to increase productivity and sales.
While we in Europe often consider Feng Shui as something esoteric, Nicole shows us concrete examples of Feng Shui at work in wolrd famous buildings. In Asia it is widely accepted. Feng Shui in China once was a secret science that only the emperor was allowed to apply.
After prohibition by Mao, Feng Shui started to spread world wide. Mao himself was a Feng Shui fan.
Nicole shows examples of Chinese buildings built such, that the “money energy” is able to flow in. One of Nicole’s masters was invited by the World Economic Forum to analyse their Feng Shui and teach the world leaders.
Companies that apply Feng Shui: Apple, Coca Cola, Hilton, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Samsung, Siemens, McDonald’s, The Body Shop, Wella
Often it starts after getting involved with Asia business, where Feng Shui is standard, so that Western companies can’t avoid getting involved. After learning the benefits many get stuck.
But was is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui belongs to the classical Chinese sciences, embedded in Chinese natural science. It is closely related to traditional Chinese medicine. Feng Shui is a mathematical discipline, so that two different Feng Shui consultants should usually come to the same conclusions. Intuition is a very important part, but not at the core.
The following picture shows a Feng Shui analysis of a company.
Nicole explains the different details, but it’s too fast to write it all down here. Basically a Feng Shui specialist will see that this company is making money but losing it as fast as it comes in and the sales team, though successful could be a lot more successful if they had their private lives under control.
Feng Shui has a lot to do with finding good energy. An old European application is to build castles on spots where sheep love to take a rest. Cats on the other hand search more for radiation spots, so you better don’t build your castle where a cat loves to take rests.
Nicole goes on the explain the concept of Bazi, a person’s personal sign combination. I would have to display the various slides to explain this in detail. But it comes down to a kind of a person’s SWOT-analysis that helps to identify what needs to be done in design and architecture to identify the good energies – for that person – and make them work. A person’s Bazi analysis comes before any decisions on the building’s architecture and design.
To be able to use Feng Shui you don’t need to know how it works, but beware of so called Feng Shui specialists who don’t have an adequate education. It is nothing you can learn by yourself, but once learned properly applied it will certainly produce measurable results. In simple words: it is about creating spaces where you feel just well. A company whose employees feel well will simply perform better.