A Leader that is open to receiving recommendations and guidance from others, and can take that guidance not as punishment or criticism, but as something ministered for their benefit and for the benefit of the organization, will not have to be concerned with the very human tendency of getting side-tracked or distracted.

Leaders that give permission to their peers and/or superiors to remind them of the mission, goals, and values that the organization strives for, will not only gain the respect and trust of their associates, but will also benefit from having the wisdom of many to guide their actions.

The purpose of the Kyosaku is to administer an awakening blow on the shoulder with the light stick carried by a Zen Priest during Zazen (meditation) at the Zazen Hall. The blow is given during meditation sessions when one feels themselves becoming drowsy or when one is having difficulty concentrating.

The Kyosaku is given to those practitioners who request it or whom the Zen Priest feels are either dozing or slumping out of proper posture. It is not painful, and is very beneficial in clearing the mind and in making meditation more meaningful.

Signaling the Priest when a Kyosaku is wanted is done by placing the palms of the hands together in the position of prayer, and bowing the head slightly and in a respectful manner. The Zen Priest will see the signal and arise from his seated position. The priest approaches from behind and taps the shoulder of the recipient with the Kyosaku stick two times lightly to let them know that they are about to receive the blow. The recipient must then bend his neck and head slightly to the left so that his shoulder can be struck without obstruction. After receiving the Kyosaku, it is proper to bow once more to show ones’ gratitude for it, and the Priest will do the same behind the recipient.

It is important to understand that this Kyosaku is not a punishment, but should be considered as a means to help improve one’s meditation session. It is administered solely for the practitioner’s benefit. It should correct ones’ posture, clear the mind, and be an excellent form of self-discipline during meditation. Leading and aligning the direction of an organization is often challenging. The distractions and course corrections can be many. Therefore, leaders have the opportunity to focus on this critical responsibility 100% of the time.

The everyday occurrences and concerns of a rapidly changing business world interfere and affect ones’ ability to focus, while smaller, seemingly more urgent problems can draw one’s attention away from the “big picture.” This is when the help of a mental model, self-discipline and the guidance from others can be invaluable.