“You don’t have to believe in Feng Shui for it to work. I just know it brings me money…” Donald Trump
What do companies like Citibank, the American Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Guaranty Trust, Chase Manhattan, the Body Shop, and the Trump Organization have in common? All have incorporated Feng Shui principles into their business practices.
What is the attraction of this 4,000 year-old Chinese practice?
A long track record of successful outcomes
The simple answer is Feng Shui principles have a long track record of successful outcomes—in one’s personal life and in business. As a result, Feng Shui is a mainstream fixture, both in homes and in business, in many Asian countries.
In the West, Feng Shui was initially introduced in California in the 1970’s. In the last 40 years, the practice has become a requirement for doing business with China and other Asian countries.
More recently, the impact of Feng Shui has been heralded by celebrity CEOs like Body Shop founder Anita Roddick who freely explains that her headquarters and shops around the world have been designed with Feng Shui principles.
Richard Branson of the Virgin Group and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have openly incorporated Feng Shui principles to boost business success, as has telecommunications giant Orange.
Impact on small business
Small businesses have also found that using Feng Shui principles can have a major impact on success and income generation. Most adjustments don’t require major cash outlays. The lay-out of a home office or business location, color choices, furnishings, electric magnetic fields (EMF) awareness, use of plants, and improved organization can all have a major impact on the success and income of a small business.