Feng Shui, in the Business world.
Toward the end of 1900, the Credit Lyonnias Bank produced, what was meant to be, a light-hearted Feng Shui Stock Market Index , which it claimed, predicted the fluctuations for the coming year (1901) on the Hong Seng Index (the Hong Kong Stock Market). In early 1902, the Asian Wall Street Journal published an article which confirmed that every prediction made by the Feng Shui Index for the previous year, had in fact been remarkably accurate, on the Hong Seng Index!
So accurate in fact, that the Feng Shui report was commissioned for 1902 –and has been, for every year, since!
Because of the continued accuracy of these predictions, a constantly increasing number of Hong Kong and Taiwanese buildings have Feng Shui inspired features, built into them.
(And before you ‘scoff’ and dismiss this as nonsense, consider this: These two States have amongst the highest per capita income in the world.)
So, what is Feng Shui, and how is it supposed to help?
Feng Shui is an ancient art and science dating back some three-thousand years ago, and hails from China. It is an incredibly complex accumulation of knowledge that lays claim to the understanding of how to balance the natural energies of any given space or area, in order to give good health and fortune, to those occupying it.
‘Feng means Wind and Shui means Water.’ – In Chinese culture, these two elements (Wind, as in Air,) are associated with good health, thus over time, Feng Shui came to mean ‘good luck’ or ‘good fortune’.
It is based on the Taoist vision and understanding, of what occurs naturally and in particular, that the land is ‘alive’ and filled with ‘Ch’i’ (energy). The Ancients believed that a specific-lands energy could determine the fate of its people. The theories of Yin and Yang, along with the five Feng Shui elements are some of the basic aspects of a Feng Shui analysis that come from Taoism.
. . . But the good news is, you don’t have to understand the principles of Feng Shui – because The Lily White Company, does!
They know that a plant placed in the corner of a room softens the flow of Ch’i and keeps it circulating.
That only appropriate corners of a room should be ‘enlivened’ by such items as a plant. Plants soften the Yang and encourage positive Ch’i to congregate and meander.
At your place of work, when attending a meeting, you should avoid having your back toward a doorway; and the placing of your desk, is of prime importance! Plants near the doorways of all offices – including reception areas – is equally important, to soften the flow of Ch’i.
When a business relies on visiting customers, the attractiveness of the entrance cannot be over-stressed. It should not be cluttered or littered with deliveries, nor should your visitor be able to see into the offices, from the reception area.
Indoor plants can provide the necessary - yet pleasing-to-the-eye - screen, to prevent such intrusion, and to prevent any employee having to sit with their back to a doorway! (Even internal-only doors!)
Does Feng Shui really work?
Some may dismiss it as ‘nonsense’ – and The Lily White Company won’t try to convince you otherwise. However, . . . it has been around for over 3,000-years and is vigorously practised by the Chinese, the Japanese, in Hong Kong and Taiwan . . . . some of the wealthiest and most productive peoples of the world. But you make up your own mind!