We provide training, coaching, consultancy and inspirational speaking to enable modern businesses to thrive by putting their people first, and helping them cultivate their Self Mastery towards achieving excellence in all aspects of their work and personal lives using fun fitness, martial arts and personal development teachings
Do your people feel like ‘human doings’ rather than ‘human beings’?
Are your people enjoying their experience working for you? Are you a forward thinking business?
Tap into Peoples Potential
Are your people giving you their truest potential?
Inspired Thought Leadership
Are your people leading through inspired thought leadership taking your company to new heights with daily inspired visions, innovations & creations?
Do your people feel like they’re doing something meaningful with their lives?
Do your people feel loved and valued by you?
Do your people go out of their way for you, and do whatever it takes?
Make Work Cool
Is your workplace a cool hip and trendy place to ‘be’ and hang out?
Are you willing to collaborate with us to support existing wellness/wellbeing programmes?
Are your senior management teams championing this movement to support this corporate self mastery programme?
Are you nurturing a rich healthy culture across all aspects of your employees and businesses life, including: financial, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, career & vocation, social, family & friends and personal?
The highest expression of humanity, is servitude to others
The word samurai originally meant ‘one who serves,’ and referred to men of noble birth assigned to guard members of the Imperial Court. Fiercly loyal to their masters and true to the unwritten code of chivalrous behavior known today as Bushido (usually translated as “Precepts of Knighthood” or “Way of the Warrior”).
Virtuous, a romantic archetype akin to Europe’s medieval knights or the American cowboy of the Wild West emerged which described a philosophy on how chivalrous humans should act in their personal and professional lives. With times a changing from war ridden to peace loving, over the centuries the public wearing of swords was outlawed and the warrior class was abolished, and they had evolved into swordless samurai.
What today’s readers may find most enlightening about Bushido is the emphasis on compassion, benevolence, and the other non-martial qualities of true humanity. Here are Bushido’s Eight Virtues which underpin our very own virtues:
I. Rectitude or Justice
Bushido refers not only to martial rectitude, but to personal rectitude: Rectitude or Justice, is the strongest virtue of Bushido. A well-known samurai defines it this way: ‘Rectitude is one’s power to decide upon a course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering; to die when to die is right, to strike when to strike is right.’ Another speaks of it in the following terms: ‘Rectitude is the bone that gives firmness and stature. Without bones the head cannot rest on top of the spine, nor hands move nor feet stand. So without Rectitude neither talent nor learning can make the human frame into a samurai.’
Bushido distinguishes between bravery and courage: Courage is worthy of being counted among virtues only if it’s exercised in the cause of Righteousness and Rectitude. In his Analects, Confucius says: ‘Perceiving what is right and doing it not, reveals a lack of Courage.’ In short, ‘Courage is doing what is right.’
III. Benevolence or Mercy
A human invested with the power to command and the power to kill was expected to demonstrate equally extraordinary powers of benevolence and mercy: Love, magnanimity, affection for others, sympathy and pity, are traits of Benevolence, the highest attribute of the human soul. Both Confucius and Mencius often said the highest requirement of a ruler/leader of people is Benevolence.
Discerning the difference between obsequiousness and politeness can be difficult for casual visitors to Japan, but for a true human, courtesy is rooted in benevolence: Courtesy and good manners have been noticed by every foreign tourist as distinctive Japanese traits. But Politeness should be the expression of a benevolent regard for the feelings of others; it’s a poor virtue if it’s motivated only by a fear of offending good taste. In its highest form Politeness approaches love.
V. Honesty and Sincerity
True samurai, according to author Nitobe, disdained money, believing that “humans must grudge money, for riches hinder wisdom.” Thus children of high-ranking samurai were raised to believe that talking about money showed poor taste, and that ignorance of the value of different coins showed good breeding: Bushido encouraged thrift, not for economical reasons so much as for the exercise of abstinence. Luxury was thought the greatest menace to manhood, and severe simplicity was required of the warrior class … the counting machine and abacus were abhorred.
Though Bushido deals with the profession of soldiering, it is equally concerned with non-martial behavior: The sense of Honor, a vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth, characterized the samurai. He was born and bred to value the duties and privileges of his profession. Fear of disgrace hung like a sword over the head of every samurai. To take offense at slight provocation was ridiculed as ‘short-tempered.’ As the popular adage put it: ‘True patience means bearing the unbearable.’
Economic reality has dealt a blow to organizational loyalty around the world. Nonetheless, true humans remain loyal to those to whom they are indebted: Loyalty to a superior was the most distinctive virtue of the feudal era. Personal fidelity exists among all sorts of humans: a gang of pickpockets swears allegiance to its leader. But only in the code of chivalrous Honor does Loyalty assume paramount importance.
VIII. Character and Self-Control
Bushido teaches that humans should behave according to an absolute moral standard, one that transcends logic. What’s right is right, and what’s wrong is wrong. The difference between good and bad and between right and wrong are givens, not arguments subject to discussion or justification, and a human should know the difference. Finally, it is a human’s obligation to teach his children moral standards through the model of his own behavior: The first objective of samurai education was to build up Character. The subtler faculties of prudence, intelligence, and dialectics were less important. Intellectual superiority was esteemed, but a samurai was essentially a man of action. No historian would argue that Hideyoshi personified the Eight Virtues of Bushido throughout his life. Like many great humans, deep faults paralleled his towering gifts. Yet by choosing compassion over confrontation, and benevolence over belligerence, he demonstrated ageless qualities of humanity. Today his lessons could not be more timely, especially in the Corporate battle field.
Credits: The Art of Manliness
To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst
Companies who participated in Britains Healthiest Workplace survey in 2015 highlighted the seriousness of poor physical and mental health, with almost £26 billion costs per year to businesses for mental health issues alone.
Findings also highlighted the plethora of problems illustrated in the info graphics below, making it blatantly clear, employers need to take responsibility and ownership of the problems arising in their companies, and take inspired action to restore this imbalance before they lose more of their most valuable asset, the people!
This is why pro-active preventative and promotional inspired action is necessary right now to improve this situation, and Corporate Self Mastery is a fun unique hands-on solution.
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Physical and Mental Problems from the Workplace
Causes of Problems
What Worries Your Employees?
Health at Work Reports
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We do wellbeing differently. We believe that wellbeing starts with the individual cultivating ones Self Mastery through the body, mind and spirit. Once you honour yourself, only then can you honour others and Mother Earth for sustainability (which is really important to us). We use fitness and martial motion in a fun playful way, coupled with martial philosophy and unique applications of personal development transformational teachings to… move the body, to move the mind, to move you and your business towards your success.
If knowledge is power, then why give it away indiscriminately. Like a powerful Ferrari running on worn out tyres, power without control and an irresponsible driver can be catastrophic. We help you cultivate your Self Mastery through carefully planned and bespoke training courses, workshops, and experiences, to ensure you embed the learnings so you and your business can thrive towards your specific success goals with control and calibration.
Self Mastery is about ‘Being the best you can be’ as an individual, team and organization. All Self Mastery starts with an inspired model of excellence, and we work to help you identify that so you can move towards that using strategies with a martial mindset.
Self Mastery is ultimately about you taking responsibility and ownership for: Your self; Your work and creation; Your family, friends, team, department and organization; and Your life. We teach you the strategies to do this with congruency and ecology, so you can create balance in all aspects of your life, both at home and at work.
Once you have discovered your gift of Self Mastery, then you have a responsibility to give it away, and illuminate the path for others through inspired thought leadership. Showing new creative and innovative ways of thinking to make things happen with optimal performance, and being in the flow.
Corporate Self Mastery is a process of physical and mental cultivation for projects, programmes, individuals, teams, departments and the company, so your business can thrive to be the best it can be as a collective
There are 9 key steps to Self Mastery, which can be mixed and matched to suit your employees and businesses needs. The 9 steps and training courses to Self Mastery are: -
Calm the mind
Empty Your Teacup
Open your mind to new possibilities
Possess An Eagle Eye
Start seeing new possibilities
Think & Become
Conceive, believe and achieve
Turn your fear into fuel
Honestly Express Yourself
The art of persuasion, influence & communication
Be Like Water
Get into the flow
Power Side Forwards
Use your strengths to maximum advantage
Get ahead and stay ahead
These 9 steps to Self Mastery have been adapted into the additional Corporate Self Mastery training courses which can help you cultivate specific employee and business needs as shown below:
A teacher is never a giver of the truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself
Over two decades working with high-profile CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, COOs, CDOs, Senior Executives, Heads of Departments and Senior Management among Lak’s coaching clients. Lak Loi excels at understanding the strategic challenges of the modern day professional to support them achieve Zen Mastery and Martial Resilience in the high-pressure corporate battle field.
Business Strategy and Executive Coaching
Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens
As the leading authority on Self Mastery, Lak Loi is an expert on Zen mastery and mindfulness, professional martial resilience, and self mastery in wellbeing at work and personal life. Lak Loi is a regular speaker at events, seminars, TV and radio talks across the globe, having also founded MMP Talks, a platform for Spreading Self Mastery Inspired by Martial Arts. Lak’s humbly enlightening knowledge and wisdom coupled with explosive martial artistry and fitness, is a pointer to the students original truth, leaving audiences with that feeling of ‘the window of clarity’ in their own journey, in a simple and pragmatic way so people can tap into their infinite power with certainty and intent. That’s why Lak calls it Martial Mind Power.
Inspirational Talks and Demonstrations
A law of win-win says, let’s not do it your way or my way,
Let’s do it the best way
Checkout the benefits of practicing Corporate Self Mastery to both your employees and your business:
Intermediate Benefits (Non-Financial)
Related Bottom Line Benefits (Financial)
Reduced Sickness Absence
Reduced Sick Payments
Reduced Overtime Payments
Reduced Temporary Recruitment Costs
Reduced Permanent Staff Payroll
Increased Employee Satisfaction
Reduced Staff Turnover
Reduced Recruitment Costs
Reduced Accidents and Injuries
Reduced Legal Costs and Claims
Reduced Insurance Premiums
Reduced Healthcare Costs
Reduced Overtime Payments
Reduced Permanent Staff Payroll
Increased Company Profile
Reduced Recruitment Costs
Increased Employee Health and Welfare
Reduced Healthcare Costs
Increased Resource Utilisation
Reduced Management Time
In addition, your organization can use the Corporate Self Mastery programmes to boost your existing:
Corporate Social Responsibility*
Changes are also taking place in company management where success and company excellence are not measured in financial terms alone but business performance is measured in a more balanced way. The success of management tools such as the balance scorecard are evidence of this.
For many years, European companies have regarded wellness as a duty of corporate social responsibility. Many multinational companies also share this attitude and include wellness in their annual reports on social responsibility. Of the 20 largest multinational companies, 75% published corporate responsibility reports online, of which 93% emphasised their commitment to improving the health of employees. This reflects the view of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which states that corporate social responsibility is about ‘improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large.’
Growing international pressure from leading edge employers to drive wellness as part of corporate social responsibility strategies may encourage businesses to start treating wellness as an integral component of their business model.
Government and Competition*
This pressure will likely be reinforced by the government in an attempt to reduce the burden on public services, such as the increased costs of chronic diseases on the NHS. Healthy working conditions improve the health of the population as a whole. A reduction in people using medical and rehabilitative services leads to savings in public health service expenditure.
In an increasingly competitive labour market, there will also be more pressure on employers to distinguish themselves in order to attract and retain staff as well as to ensure that older workers remain healthy. A wellness programme is one way of attracting and retaining employees as well as helping to keep the ageing talent pool healthier.
*Checkout the Government Report on Employee Wellness by clicking here
How can you measure something that has never been done before
Each business is different, so we will assess how each business intends to measure progress, whether it’s based on a…
…that will serve your modern business to thrive.
The goals of the Corporate Self Mastery programme is to help your employees and business thrive so you should see: -
We can measure the benefits and Benefit Cost Ratios (BCR) of a Corporate Self Mastery programme based on the following metrics plus their associated costs (but not limited to):
Sick pay costs
Temporary recruitment costs
Permanent staff payroll costs
Temporary recruitment costs
Permanent staff costs
Accidents and Injuries
Number of incidents
Legal costs and claims
Permanent staff payroll costs
Client and public survey
Resting Heart Rate (RHR)
Blood Pressure (BP)
Blood sugar levels
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Electro Cardio Gram (ECG)
Fitness test scores
You cannot win together, If you do not work together
Unlike other reactive Wellbeing and Wellness programmes, we do not do:
We enjoy providing the pro-active prevention and promotion aspect of Wellness, which includes: -
The small difference that makes the big difference is that we have a totally new and unique approach using Self Mastery to cultivate people and businesses to thrive, combined with fun and exciting movement based learning using fitness, martial arts & philosophy, and personal development for holistic physical and mental cultivation.
We not only focus on the individual employees like most Wellness programmes, but also: -
Here is a list of all the Corporate Self Mastery courses in addition to the 9 Steps to Self Mastery: -
The only source of knowledge, is experience
Since all companies and their people are different, there is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. We provide a framework that offers a practical approach to implementation which focuses on the companies values by project, programme, individual, team, department, or the company as a whole.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply
Willing is not enough, we must do
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