Ubuntu (Stephen Lundin)

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Author: Stephen Lundin

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The best-selling authors, Lundin and Nelson, apply the values of Ubuntu in the workplace. They show, in a story form, how the Ubuntu spirit of teamwork and collaboration can transform a workplace into a familial environment where there is mutual support, mutual care and unconditional respect. They underscore the importance of this ancient African philosophy which is a deeply held belief and recognition that, despite our differences, all people are equal and connected in their humanity. For this reason, we all gain as a human species in treating each other with respect, care and compassion. They bring out the fact that this ancient African philosophy reaffirms the fundamental goodness of each person, which can be taped and harnessed for the individual and collective benefit. Ubuntu fosters trust among people because it makes others believe that their best interests are taken care of by each corporate member, especially by those who are in charge. It fosters a sense of community and unity of purpose. In addition, the authors contend that the adoption of Ubuntu in the workplace offers a better value platform for the acceptance of corporate language such as ‘motivation’, ‘innovation’, ‘facilitation’ and ‘strategy’. By leading to common grounds that connect and bind people together, Ubuntu helps such language stop sounding like mere manipulation. It engages people in a ‘human-to-human’ fashion as they journey towards achieving corporate goals. It focuses on what we have in common rather than on what separates us. Lundin and Nelson remind us that Ubuntu’s best known practitioners are the two Nobel Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who had the insight of fetching wisdom from this ancient African philosophy when they faced unprecedented human crisis. This book is an important window that opens up to the vast spectrum of the transformative potential of Ubuntu attitude in a world where human beings need to reclaim what makes them humane: respect, care and compassion.

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