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Joseph Bismark: Leading by Example

August 31st, 2015


In the Western world, we often hear about living a healthy lifestyle. Obesity and other related co-morbidities have made more people take notice of their poor nutrition and sedimentary life. Companies aimed at healthy living are constantly touting products for weight loss, exercise, and nutrition. Fortunately, many people hear the call to get healthy and look to lifestyle experts for help and inspiration.

It is not often that we find a busy corporate CEO espousing healthy living to his managers, employees, and customers. Joseph Bismark is a founder of the Asian company QI Group, which is the parent company of QNet. I read an article about Bismark’s health philosophy in a recent issue of asPire Magazine.

According to the Business Wire, Bismark is a strict vegetarian and has been for years. He feels like it is the kind thing for animals and is better for the human body. He is a yoga guru and practices a regular exercise regime that includes swimming, bicycle riding, and core strengthening. Bismark uses a special application on his phone to track different statistics when he is cycling. It includes the distance, speed, and calories he burns, says the article.

As a trained yogi, Bismark practices yoga as an exercise and a way of life. He still teaches at the School of Meditation and Yoga in Singapore. He believes that yoga is a holistic way for us to care for our body, minds, and spirits. The emphasis on correct breathing and yoga poses help with flexibility, he says. He also believes that meditation enables the brain to have clearer thinking.

The Eastern philosophy that Bismark practices comes naturally to him. From childhood, he was raised in an ashram and learned the arts of yoga, meditation, and monastic living. He was taught from an early age in his native Philippine Islands that it is important to be mindful and to live in the present moment.

His enthusiasm and gusto for life inspires his thousands of employees and QI Group and QNet. As their leader, he tells them that they are the most crucial part of the company, and they must see themselves as such. He encourages them to practice being compassionate and mindful of one another and themselves. Under his guidance, the corporation is expanding globally, and Bismark is a popular speaker for many leadership seminars. His example of a healthy lifestyle and employee appreciation is something that sets Joseph Bismark apart from other corporate leaders.