The Tau of Tsau – Introduction

Posted in The Tao of Tsau by Pam on the May 23rd, 2012

When I became a consultant in 1988, I was fortunate to have a mentor with great vision and wisdom.  When Yung Tsau passed away in the spring of 2009, all of us who knew him lost a great friend and resource.

There are many works with the word Tao in the title: The Tao of Pooh, The Tao of Leadership, The Tao of Genealogy — to name of few. Of course there is the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, the original work on Tao.  If you look on the internet you will find an almost infinite number of translations, some with commentary and others without. Being unable to read the original text puts one at a disadvantage since the reader is at the mercy of the translator and the translator’s unconscious bias.

I thought at first I would try to map Yung Tsau’s sayings to the Tao as some authors have done with their commentaries.  I thought I could find a clever hook like The Tao of Pooh uses, but every try seemed too close to exactly copying someone else’s work with only slight changes to someone else’s clever approach.

I came to realize that Yung’s approach to consulting and life was that — his approach.  The best I can do is to pass forward his wisdom and hope that managers in all disciplines can find something bold and beautiful to take away from the experience.

Tao means “how”.  However, The Tao is not a “how-to” manual.  The individual verses allow one to mediate on the poetry, absorb the meaning and integrate the lessons into an inner-life framework.  For years, the students of Tsau learned from a Tao Master as he taught by both word and example.  Often the words were delivered in a most peculiar, humorous and memorable fashion.  If you talk to any Tsau Adherent, each will give you their own peculiar collection of wisdom.So consider the Tao of Tsau to be a framework for dealing with yourself within the business world.  If you consider yourself at the center of a circle, then you must bring Understanding, Productivity, Teamwork and Skill to bear to solve any business problem that you encounter.

As we pursue the Tao of Tsau, we will encounter these concepts repeatedly.

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