The East and West mindset can be integrated and represented as a Key with the round base representing Eastern/Chinese circular mindset and the straight grooved pin as the Western linear and detailed mindset. The application of the fusion mindset is as simple as ABC represented using computer language statements of assignment, If-the-else and looping construct. The details of ABC can be found in my blog posts.
The East-West Key
After much study, comparisons and reflections on the Eastern/Chinese and Western(trained in high schools, university, postgraduate, consultants, management books, HBRs, etc, etc) , I think both can be integrated into a key, represented by a physical door-key. The rounded based representing the circular, cyclical Chinese mindset, with Yin-Yang balance and harmony as objective and the pin with groves representing the linear, sequential, and detailed task-oriented mindset of the West. Here is the picture with greater details:
Note: To know more about the Chinese Mindset see The Essence of Sinology or Chinese Mindset - The Values & Methods for 21st Century.
Fusion mindset calls neither East or West alone thinking but both, applying them in different degree, depending on the situations and the players, to achieve the right result by thanking the right action at the right time and place. We should also be aware that the 'right result' is a dynamic balance of among multiple forces. The balance will and have to shift through time as situations change.
The Application of Fusion Mindset is as Simple as ABC:
Using the computer language as a means of representation, the following picture show this Fusion Wisdom can be applied:
If you have only one take away, just remember the IF statement:
All the very best for your business and career.
Learning from Bruce Lee:
Someone shared about Brue Lee's 5 quotes of life. It is a good example of East-West Fusion thinking:
5 most famous quotes by Bruce Lee:
- Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.1Cor 8:1b Knowledge puffs up but love builds up.
- If you truly love life, don't waste time; because time is what life is made of.
“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. "My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action." Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is "T-I-M-E.” ― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
- To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities
Circumstances create heroes and heroes create circumstances.
- Notice that Stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind
Dao De Jing
36 柔胜刚，弱胜强。The soft wins over hard; the weak over strong.
The Invert Strategy - DaoDeJing 36
43 天下之至柔 ， 驰 骋天下之至坚 。The weakest of the world out run the strongest of the world.
The Most Powerful Force is Gentleness - E=mc^2 - DaoDeJing 43
All living things when alive are soft and crisp but dried up when death.
Hence all hard and strong lead to death whereas soft and weak lead to life.
Happiness is Being Gentle & Flexible - DaoDeJing 76
78 「天下莫柔弱于水，... 弱之胜强，柔之胜刚
The softest and weakest of the world is water... weak wins strong and soft wins hard.
The Most Powerful Force and Leadership - Adaptive like Water - DaoDeJing 78
- As you think, so shall you become.
Proverbs 23:7 says "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.."
To know more about Ancient Chinese Wisdom, see Ancient Chinese Wisdom
Lim Liat (C) 13 May 2013