May 2006: Seven Spiritual Lessons of Business

Thank you for reading the May 2006 L’Epée Coaching & Consulting Newsletter.

“Coaching Across Cultures” workshop at the Coaching Conference Prague June 7, 2006

Having worked as a business coach for the past eight years and having had the privilege of living and working in three very different countries on two continents, I have long been eager to integrate my experience as a coach and my knowledge in cultural interaction into one learning program.

My upcoming Coaching Across Cultures workshop will examine the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to interact effectively with colleagues and clients from different cultural backgrounds.

Using concrete examples to illustrate some of the most common cultural dilemmas, participants will learn to communicate effectively and appropriately in any cultural context. In a world that is becoming increasingly smaller, being capable of communicating across cultures is an invaluable skill to have.

The Coaching Conference Prague event will take place at the Corinthia Panorama Hotel at 11:30.

For information on how to register please visit Be sure to also download a PDF copy of the conference program.

Toastmasters in Prague (

The Prague Speakers Toastmasters Club is a member of Toastmasters International and the District 59 European Toastmasters. The club was founded in September 2004 and hosts a good mix of Czech and international members. This diverse environment allows people to improve their communication, speaking and leadership skills, as well as meet new people and profit from new experiences. All meetings are in English, though being a native English speaker is not necessary to join.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this excellent learning and networking opportunity, visit the Toastmasters website.


May 2 WIB – Women in Business dinner at Mlynec
May 23 Leadership Challenges Power Lunch: Intuitive Decision making
May 26-27 District Toastmasters Conference in Köln
June 5 WIB – Women in Business dinner at Mlynec
June 7 “Coaching Across Cultures” Prague coaching conference 2006
June 27 Leadership Challenges Power Lunch: Managing Diversity

Communication Tip of the month: Seven Spiritual Lessons of Business by Peter & Monika Ressler

This month, I would like to share some personal messages forwarded to me by my friend Robyn in Boston.

Lesson One: The pursuit of money without love is meaningless.

  • Concern for others is also a concern for yourself.
  • Responsibility-of-the-fittest must replace survival-of-the-fittest.
  • Love in your business life means empathy for the shared human experience of others.

Lesson Two: Use your pursuit of money as a tool for spiritual growth.

  • Viewing money as the root of all-evil is another way of refusing to take responsibility for your own choices.
  • It is within your power to choose whether you use money in your life in good or bad ways.
  • Good is that which enhances, rather than destroys.

Lesson Three: Profit cannot be earned from the suffering of others.

  • Gain at the expense of others is no gain at all.
  • The suffering you create for others and yourself is unnecessary suffering.
  • Material gluttony is the moral equivalent of any other gluttonous excess in your life.

Lesson Four: Give to others what you wish to receive for yourself.

  • Business is a reciprocal cycle that contributes human effort as well as utilizes the fruits of this effort.
  • The nature of your actions reverberates into the world and returns to you.
  • When you learn to expand your view to include the views of others, your world expands as well.

Lesson Five: You have a sacred obligation to serve others through the divine nature of work

  • The spiritual purpose of work is to serve each other.
  • Every job is a “helping” profession.
  • All jobs have equal spiritual value.

Lesson Six: Employers and employees create a spiritual partnership based on mutual trust.

  • The employer/employee relationship is symbiotic in nature, both parties work together for mutual benefit.
  • Employees must act with integrity toward the business and the job they are required to do.
  • Employers must treat employees with respect and consideration, both in the workplace and in their compensation.

Lesson Seven: The spiritual purpose of business is to serve the community that supports it.

  • People form the foundation of business.
  • Business is rewarded in profits for serving the needs of the community.
  • Business must take responsibility for its role in creating the world around it.

Yours truly,