Abstract to the annual conference of the Nordic Ergonomics Society oct 2007

In my interpretation of Feng Shui, ancient philosophy meets modern psychology, architecture and interior design in a very dynamic blend. Feng Shui has not only been considered a good method to create healthy environments. It has also since long been an accepted part of business strategy in Asian as well as western countries. The layout and decoration of a room is regarded as essential in meetings between political leaders around the world.

What does it look like, the environment that strengthens your personality? Maybe a powerful armchair? Maybe you will be seated in a so called ‘power position’ overlooking the entire room as well as the door? And behind your back, a well organized bookshelf, or a powerful painting that improves your image? To sit with your back against the door on a lower chair with a lower backrest would make you feel less powerful. And the colours in the work environment gives different signals. Navy blue for tradition and knowledge, orange for communication, apple green for new ideas and maybe steel grey for focus.

Feng Shui is a lesson in how we are influenced by colour, design, light and everything we encounter in our working environment. A Feng Shui consultation aims to clarify a company profile according to different aspects of health and success. In that dynamic blend of architecture, psychology and interior design lay the techniques that boost performance on both a company, and individual level in offices, schools and healthcare environment. When I now have the opportunity to speak about Feng Shui, I shall base it upon my second book. It focuses on the connection between work environment and wellbeing, health, efficiency, and increased business.

To reflect upon:
The main entrance is reflecting a distinct company image.
The position of my desk enhances strength and prosperity.
The colours and materials in my office improves a healthy atmosphere.
My working area contains personal objects that are important to me.
Distinct symbols boosts staff confidence in the company.

In my lecture I will also mention the importance of cleaning and clearing clutter. In eastern philosophy all development and new starts, on the personal as well as professional level is initiated by clearing clutter.

Feng Shui is an ancient chinese knowledge that has found new emphasis with the increased need of achieving harmony and togetherness in daily life. It brings to mind Winston Churchill’s quote: “To influence the future, we must have knowledge of the past”. Feng Shui is a teaching that has its roots in the past, but that strongly influences the future. Feng Shui is more than comfort and beauty. It is about refined perception and atmosphere. We might even call it ergonomics for the mind.

Welcome to my interpretation of how Feng Shui explaines the relation between work environment, health and peak performance.


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