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Bjørn Aris started his
career at the AMRO Bank. After a
successful career as an international banker and subsequently as entrepreneur,
he shifted his focus.
Having noticed that
salaries usually account for the biggest share of organisational cost
structures, he had become intrigued by the difficulty most leaders face in managing
it. He committed to studying human
beings, drawing on subjects as diverse as (neuro)physiology, biochemistry, and
philosophy – including the four layers of consciousness described in Western
thought (note: Eastern thought has identified nine).
Since 1993, Bjørn has
continued to deepen his knowledge of eastern philosophy as well as taking up
Zen philosophy. He also deepened
his commitment to the study of Japanese martial arts, particularly the Way of
In 2004, his
experiences and knowledge lead to a critical insight: knowledge and theory can
be gained using physical movement – thus by-passing the intellect. Eventually, this insight led to
spectacular results in terms of knowledge retention and (behavioural) change,
and to a book titled “Knowledge Productivity.” These results have been affirmed in academic publications.
Bjørn’s most recent
book was published in 2011. Titled
“The cutting edge: The martial arts of business,” it describes the limitations
of the Western model – in particular, the Western approach to knowledge - and
contrasts it with the Eastern approach, which emphasises know-how.
One of the main
sources of Bjørn’s know-how is the samurai sword.