Discovering Shared Purpose in Life and Business


Workshop at the Inner Peace Conference, Amsterdam, October 6 & 7, 2017.
Sander will guide you in a process of leadership development defined as ’shared purpose’. Through a series of questions, reflections and exercises, you will be guided into a discovery of your deeper motives and aspirations, which will be matched to the context of your work and business. Through this process you can discover your ’trip flow’: how to discover and enhance your own flow, while contributing to a flourishing business and society.

Discovering the Shared Purpose of Business and Society


Please read my chapter on Shared Purpose of Business and Society in Mobius Strip 2017. I will speak on this at Mobius Next Practice Institute in Boston on June 9, 2017.

Contemplative Science & Management – Budapest

The Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest, in partnership with Mind & Life Europe, organized an international transdisciplinary workshop on Contemplative Science and Management on May 19-21, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.  I gave a lecture on how Buddhist principles can help the design and management of sustainable economic systems. Please see my presentation.

My column in Wall Street Journal



Mark Zuckerberg announced that he has taken an interest in the theories and practices of Buddhism. Wall Street Journal asked me to write a column on what the benefits of this could be for his company Facebook and its shareholders.


Bhutan Journey 2017


IMG_1499At a time when we are bombarded by news that dampens our spirits, there are cultures that can re-evoke our sense of hope for a better future. The practices for a more sustainable and compassionate life style are readily available. Join us in our leadership program to secluded Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and become inspired by Gross National Happiness and their leadership for sustainability. Sign up today! Limited places left.

US Elections – What type of leadership does the world need now?


My blog after the shocking results from the US elections.

Bodhisattva Leadership


Global Focus Magazine published this except from my book with a section on “Bodhisattva Leadership“, a central underlying theme of the book, unifying Buddhist wisdom with modern notions of leadership for business sustainability.

Discovering the Mind in Science


On Sunday October 1 I will speak on “Disovering the mind: a new paradigm for science and society“, as prelude to the new movie The Mindfulness Revolution showed at the International Buddhist Film Festival in the Eye Theater in Amsterdam .

Book launch with the Dalai Lama


At the occasion of the launch of my book, I joined a panel on business leadership with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Brussels, on September 12, 2016. The Dalai Lama told me: “This book is very important. If you conduct human activity, including activities in business, with a motivation of compassion, then you are more likely to experience success, including business success. Compassion makes you stronger, not weaker. This works for you as individual, but also for organizations. Customers will respect you and in the long run reward you for it. Moreover, a compassionate attitude will help you to never have regrets. Even if you make a mistake, if your motivation is compassion, you will have no regret”.


New book: Business as Instrument for Societal Change


tidemancoverfinal-218415-800x600Please read my forthcoming book Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama, which will be released at the occasion of the Power and Care Conference with the Dalai Lama in Brussels 9-11 September 2016.

Business as an instrument for Societal change, in Conversation with the Dalai Lama is the result of two decades of research and dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other leaders in business, government, science and education. Author Sander Tideman, a lawyer and banker who has maintained a friendship with the Dalai Lama over the last 25 years, presents a practical framework and methodology to develop a new kind of leadership: societal leadership in business, which is fit to tackle escalating social, economic and environmental needs and repurpose the business world.

At the heart of the book lies the journey to discover our shared purpose, which ignites new sources of value creation for the organisation, customers and society. This ‘triple value’ is achieved by embedding a sustainable strategy at the heart of business operations and by responding to the fundamental reality of interconnectedness.

The Dalai Lama rarely speaks directly on the topics of business, leadership and economics. Yet in the dialogues recounted here, his wisdom – combined with key insights from business and public leaders– creates a unified shift towards a consciousness of interconnectedness, offering profound insights for practioners and general readers alike.

“All business leaders should read this book. Wisdom is the most important leadership quality but it has been, for most of us, a serious missing link in our development. This book is not only a great gift but also highlights our great responsibility because – as it clearly demonstrates – change is possible”. Tex Gunning, CEO TNT Express

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