5 Things an MSP Business Can Learn from Buddhism

MSP businessYour MSP business can learn from a wide variety of sources. Buddhism, for example, has many excellent lessons that can be applied in the IT world. Understanding valuable principles from Buddhism can help your IT company reach new levels of success and attract a broad consumer base. Whether your company is brand new or has been around for decades, Buddha’s teachings can substantially change the workplace culture. Here are five simple, yet useful principles from Buddhism that can have a significant impact on your IT company:

1. Always be Positive

One of the primary principles of Buddhism is always to have a positive mindset. Of course, nothing is ever perfect, and your IT company will always face many challenges, but each one of these obstacles can be overcome. Continually being thankful will improve the atmosphere in the workplace and can significantly reduce stress for each employee. A positive outlook will enable employees to reach their full potential and not be limited by any negativity.

2. Don’t Lose Sight of the Bigger Picture

Another important concept that an MSP business can learn from Buddhism is the ability to never lose sight of the bigger picture. Obviously, the vast majority of IT providers worry about too much, which can severely drain the energy of the entire company. However, understanding that your organization is a part of the bigger picture will enable you to break free of worrying about inconsequential details. Instead of wasting time and energy worrying about trivial details, it is much more effective to focus this energy on things that you can control, which includes hard work and providing high-quality IT services.

3. Keep Realistic Expectations

Many IT providers try to accomplish too many goals at once and ultimately feel discouraged whenever they are unable to complete an objective. However, it is much more efficient to keep realistic goals that are much more achievable. Consistently meeting smaller goals will eventually add up and can help lead your IT business to achieve never-before-seen levels of success through commitment and hard work.

4. Never Hold Grudges

Forgiveness is an important teaching in Buddhism. You must learn to avoid holding grudges because it only leads to more problems and makes it more difficult for everyone to succeed. For example, if an employee makes a mistake, it is much more effective to help them learn from their mistake without reacting to the error in an emotional response. A calm response will always produce better results and can provide a valuable teaching moment.

5. Always Stay True to Your Beliefs

You will experience many ups and downs, but it is critical to always stay true to your core beliefs. Reacting irrationally to a problem will only lead to more issues, so it is essential to always remain calm under any circumstances. Staying true to your beliefs under any challenging conditions will provide a calming presence that is vital in leading your company out of stressful situations.

Hopefully, your MSP business can learn many valuable lessons from the teachings of Buddha. Always being positive and never losing sight of the bigger picture will enable you to minimize any stressful situations. Keeping realistic expectations and avoiding grudges will also help you to prevent disappointment and limit any negative energy in the workplace. Always staying true to these core beliefs will give you much-needed direction and can help you avoid facing many challenging situations. While the business world is never perfect, these guiding principles from Buddha can play a valuable role in helping your IT company attract new clients and reach never-before-seen levels of success.

Jennifer Holmes

Jennifer Holmes

Jennifer Holmes is President of MIS Solutions and a Georgia native who, after graduating from Georgia Tech, became an accomplished research virologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In 2000, Jennifer hung up her lab coat to join husband Lliam at MIS Solutions as President. In the past 16 years, she has led the MIS Solutions team to become the leaders in Metro Atlanta IT Support. MIS Solutions, Inc. is on a mission to provide managed IT services to Atlanta businesses to help them grow and support their businesses. MIS Solutions provides a wide range of IT services to Atlanta-based businesses and, combined with Jennifer’s passion for sharing effective business strategies with her clients, they are able to deliver the best business IT Support for each client’s unique environment in Atlanta. In 2013, Jennifer’s leadership and marketing skills won her the title of Spokesperson for the nationally acclaimed Technology Marketing Toolkit, an industry group of over 550 top U.S. She is a graduate of the Leadership Gwinnett program and has acted on the boards of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Atlanta chapter, Gwinnett Great Days of Service, the Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary Club and the Gwinnett Chamber’s Technology Board.