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PRESS KIT: The Zen Executive: Gems of Wisdom for Enlightened Leadership

The Zen Executive is a pithy, portable book with common-sense ideas for aligning business practices with ancient spiritual principles—from a voice of experience.

Author and CEO, Jim Blake, utilizes his decades of experience both in corporate America and now as the leader of a global spiritual non-profit, to help business leaders incorporate spiritual-but-not-religious teachings into their leadership style. Likewise, spiritual leaders will learn that taking a businesslike approach to their work does not leave out compassion, love, and service.

Blake advocates meditation, forgiveness, and self-care as key elements of a leader’s performance, along with understanding the true calling of an organization, establishing a culture of trust, and handling inevitable changes and setbacks without resistance.

 “As I studied world religions and ancient teachings from around the globe, I began to see how easily their beauty and truth could be incorporated in—even function in alignment with—best business practices.” – Jim Blake

Leaders looking to inspire, motivate, and stay positive about the future will benefit from Blakes lessons on inner work to nurture a deep understanding of why and how an organization makes a difference. His wisdom for using spiritual principles to boost innovation and creativity in any endeavor.




Jim Blake is the CEO of Unity World Headquarters, where he previously served as chief information officer and vice president of operations. Unity is a spiritual nonprofit founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri. It helps people of all faiths and cultures apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives.


Blake has held numerous executive positions in the corporate world, including as Director of Customer Operations for Landis+Gyr, a global leader in the utility industry, and as Vice President of Products and Technology for Rhythm Engineering.


Blake has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Central Methodist University and a Master of Divinity from Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, the academic arm of the Universal Foundation for Better Living. He was ordained as a Unity minister in 2021.


Jim Blake, CEO and Author


THE ZEN EXECUTIVE: Gems of Wisdom for Enlightened Leadership

By Jim Blake

ISBN: 1-4019-0896-9


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“It takes courage to dare to be a different kind of leader, one who blends compassion and wellbeing of others with performance and profit. Jim Blake provides the steps for those who are willing to not only lead but to change lives professionally and personally—which benefits all. The Zen Executive provides valuable information for any leader seeking an authentic and fulfilling life and career.”

—  Scott Shute, author of The Full Body Yes
former Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn

“Spirituality in leadership? Most of us have a level of spirituality that guides us through our days but even at work? That is the perfect place to be a kinder, more thoughtful person. Jim Blake shares his vast experience as a seeker and leader in his new book "The Zen Executive". Written with understanding, humor and genuine caring, this is a book to help entrepreneurs, teams and anyone to live with authenticity in all areas of their world.” 

— Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness at Work and Real Change


“The Zen Executive is a book whose time has come. It aptly and beautifully demonstrates how integrating spiritual principles with executive leadership principles is not only possible, but is critical to the fundamental health and wealth of any organization and the individuals within it.  Jim Blake has written a deeply insightful, practical, and compelling guide for not only those in the executive suite, but for anyone desiring to live, work, and lead in a more thoughtful, kind, and heart-centered way, grounded in love, and with compassion as their bottom line. This is the kind of inspired leadership we need for these times.”

— Michael Bernard Beckwith

Founder & CEO, Agape International Spiritual Center

Author, Life Visioning and Spiritual Liberation


"Leaders who are integrating compassion, intuition and self-care
practices into mission-driven leadership will find Jim Blake's 
Zen Executive of great value."


— Ken Druck, Ph.D., author, The Real Rules of Life, Speaker and Organizational Consultant

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