Meet Sander Tideman

"The Dalai Lama has said that Buddhism is more a science of the mind; partly religion, partly philosophy and partly psychology. It also comes with a set of practical tools, such as meditation, with which one can develop the mind and its qualities such as focus, clarity, patience, creativity and compassion." - Sander Tideman

Meditation is the key to happiness and fulfilment for many. Especially known under the name of mindfulness. Tideman wrote about his for The Wall Street Journal. He answers why reflective practices are attractive to business leaders like Steve Jobs (Apple) and mark Zuckerberg (Facebook). 

In this same article he points out that Mindfulness is a natural capacity, present in all of us to some extent. It involves paying attention to our inner experiences, with particular attitudes like calmness, openness, focus and curiosity.

Only we are all too familiar with its opposite: a heedless, distracted state that’s often described as ‘autopilot’. This default inattentiveness and disengagement from present experience can mean we react to life out of habit or impulse rather than out of care, openness (to new solutions) and consideration. 

"When we spend more time alive to our inner experiences, we unlock our potential for learning and growing, work more collaboratively with others and are better able to respond effectively and creatively to life’s challenges."


Read Sander Tideman's full bio:

Sander Tideman is an international scholar/practitioner of management and leadership, with a focus of building sustainable organizations. His work seeks to integrate insights from Eastern philosophy and psychology with Western practices of management, business and economics. He has worked for and consulted with leading organizations, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. He is currently managing director of Mind & Life Europe, co-founding partner at Flow Foundation and a faculty member at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, where he leads research on Leadership for Sustainable Business Models.

Sander’s academic training reflects his interest in East-West integration: he studied International Law at University of Utrecht, Economic Law and London School of Economics, while also completing a degree in Asian Affairs at the London School of Oriental and African Studies. He deepened his understanding of the East by studying Chinese philosophy, language and culture in Taiwan, and Buddhist philosophy in India, Tibet and Nepal. During his career he trained in international finance, organizational dynamics and leadership.

Sander (co-) authored many articles and books, including Doing Business in China (1997); Sustainable Development in Central Asia (1998); Buddhist Economics (2001); Gross National Happiness (2004); Mind over Matter – Towards a New Paradigm in Leadership of Business and Economics (2005), Sustainable Leadership (2013) and most recently: Business as Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama (Greenleaf Publishing 2016), which records a number of dialogues Sander has held with H.H. the Dalai Lama over a period of two decades.

He started his career by practicing law at Baker & McKenzie (Amsterdam and Taipei office). In 1989 he turned to international finance by becoming Country Director for ABN AMRO Bank in China (responsible for offices in Beijing and Shanghai), Vice President Structured Finance at ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam and Regional Manager Eastern Europe and Asia for Triodos Bank (The Financial Times’ Most Sustainable Bank of the Year in 2009). He went on to complement his legal/financial expertise with leadership, strategy and organizational change, as he believed that these are indispensable knowledge domains for tackling the world’s increasing social and ecological challenges. He then co-founded and managed Spirit in Business, worked for Teleos Leadership Institute in Philadelphia, co-founded and managed Global Leaders Academy (London/Amsterdam), and served on the executive board of the Netherlands Council for Sustainable Development (NCDO)

His mission is to help organizations to develop the capacity to effectively respond to the new challenges through shared value leadership and strategy. Sander’s aim is to help business transform into a force for positive sustainable change, working with (rather than against) the principles of nature. Based on his study and practice of leadership in three continents and many different sectors, he has developed a methodology and practice for leadership to realise this transformation.

He lives with his wife Sandra and three children in the Netherlands. He loves outdoor trekking, skiing, skating, yoga and soccer.

"The human mind is changeable into a positive direction."

– Sander Tideman

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