UK: BRAIN FOOD - Matters for the mind to chew on - It just might work. Dwelling on it.

UK: BRAIN FOOD - Matters for the mind to chew on - It just might work. Dwelling on it. - Edited by RHYMER RIGBY: rhymer.rigby@haynet.com.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Edited by RHYMER RIGBY: rhymer.rigby@haynet.com.

Feng shui, move over. A similar Indian discipline called vaasa shastra (science of dwellings) is wonderfully well geared to management needs, if you take the word of Raj Kumar Tyagi. The New Delhi businessman had one company that was losing 10% on turnover and another barely breaking even. One march through the two plants was all the vaasa consultant needed. He recommended: curing the boss's bad temper by moving his office out of the 'fire corner'; shutting the door on the south, where openings 'attract bad vibes and encourage theft'; and moving the toilets from the north-east corner, where they impeded positive energies. For just £6,000 in remodelling costs, the proprietor got the cosmic forces working in his favour. Output and sales have risen, while theft has fallen. And the consultant charged a mere £250 a building. McKinsey, move over.

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