What business tips can Greek philosophers offer to a modern-day business?
One thing we must always remember is "someone has already been in the same position before you and done the same thing".
"Many people have failed, learned, improved and moved forward not being discouraged by the experience but grown and became stronger."
The Greek philosopher's business tips and knowledge is still relevant today which we can learn and flourish.
So, what can we learn from the ancient Greeks in this World of technology and fast-moving business?
Socrates understood that people are motivated by the desire for happiness and the complete understanding of themselves. The more a person knows, the greater his or her ability to reason and make choices that will bring true happiness. Focusing on helping people develop their reasoning abilities with inquiry, discovery, and learning was the centre of his method.
the Socratic Method - to think through a problem to a logical conclusion.
Human logic and reason - teaching ethics and acceptable standards of conduct.
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
Plato experts in ethical matters believed in two separate realms, the world of the senses and the world of ideas.
Wanting to bring order and clarity to our minds as he believed our lives go wrong due to not giving ourselves time to think carefully and logically. our ideas are derived from what the crowd thinks.
εὐδαιμονία - Eudaimonia - Fulfilment
Eudaimonia: Almost means ‘happiness’ but closer to ‘fulfilment’, Life is not continual ‘happiness’ but more ‘fulfilment’ where we go through periods of great pain and suffering which seem to be an unavoidable part of life.
γνῶθι σεαυτόν - ‘Know yourself.’
Plato strongly believed that decisions shouldn't be based on ‘how you feel’
Plato Theory of Forms or theory of Ideas is based around what is real and what is not. Believing there is basically an ‘Ideal’ for everything because we have concepts of the Ideal that only exists in people's minds.
We need to understand our imperfections, seek and question in order to learn, have a desire for additional knowledge, search for alternatives and never accept things at face value.
We are not perfect, business is ever-evolving and it cant be 'Ideal' or perfect every time so learn, gather the knowledge or people to change direction and move on as your perfect only exists in the mind. Ideas in the mind, rather than reality very app for Marketing because learning and adapting are key.
Epictetus believed that external events are beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens but that individuals are responsible for their own actions and accept them with intelligence.
Focus on what can we control and what we can't. We can control our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs, but everything else is to some extent out of our control. We always have some choice in how we react.
We have no power over external things, and the good that ought to be the object of our earnest pursuit, is to be found only within ourselves.
Like Epictetus said to focus on what can we control and in a business-like laying out our business processes with checklists, standard operating procedure and business process management software to have a certain amount of control over the things we can.
Pythagoras was the first pure mathematician who believed mathematics was the basis for everything.
Math is Everywhere! There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Pythagorean table - The Table of Opposites - The world depends upon the interaction of opposites.
Can you imagine how Pythagoras would feel about Big Data? Businesses these days revolve around the data helping reveal patterns, emerging trends, and human behaviour. Big data helps businesses figure out how to get customers to buy their products, learn customers' behavioural patterns, and help point them toward conversion.
Using big data to eliminate fraud in Banking by monitoring transactions to notice anomalies to reduce theft and fraud and improve cybersecurity.
Imagine his take on today's social media? "Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few?" I think he would love Twitter with limited characters to get across what you want to say.
Websites go from huge amounts of sometimes irrelevant content to more focused content in fewer well-chosen words.
Aristotle believed that the role of a leader was to create an environment that other individuals are encouraged to realise their own potential.
the ethical role of the leader is not to enhance his or her own power but to create the conditions under which followers can achieve their potential
Aristotle's "first principles" philosophical method - The more we understand a subject's fundamental principles, the more we can learn.
Stoic philosophy is more about trying to turn a “bad” thing into a new opportunity.
Understanding ourselves, the World around us and our fella human beings can help improve our lives and spread that success into business. Geek philosophers business tips are still relevant today.