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ZENTREPRENEUR John Murphy is a business coach best known for his teachings in zentrepreneurship and combining business skills with higher consciousness and spirituality. He is an award-winning author with 18 books to his name. This best-selling author has written books on leadership, innovation, teamwork, culture change, customer service and inspiration. He is the President of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., a consultancy firm he found in 1988. He started out at a young age with an attraction years. While he searched for the right job for him, he towards business. He studied businesses when he was says it occurred to him he was a deeply spiritual child still under twenty and always had something creative growing up. He started to piece a lot of common he was doing that had a business twist to it. When patterns together that priests were not doing and he was old enough to go to college he enrolled for a realized anyone teaching human beings to be afraid, degree in business in the University of Notre Dame. for religious reasons, controlling reasons or other- He would later join the corporate world where he wise has it all wrong. He said human beings should discovered the fear constantly present in workplac- learn to be less afraid, more joyful, open, creative and es. He also noted the destructive power of unneces- spontaneous. sary workplace politics and the absence of healthy teamwork and healthy creativity. He says in his first job straight from college, he felt very robotic. He felt like a machine. “A lot of people go through life with subconscious resistance – resisting new ideas, resisting new relationships, friendships,” he says noting that life is so much more than that. His holistic approach is a unique combina- His discomfort in his first job made him try out several tion of higher consciousness, spirituality and inner other positions in different companies over a few awakening to help business leaders stop leading from 2 0 1 5 JA N UA RY | W O R L D C L A S S M AG A Z I N E S . C O M 5 3