BAZI DAY MASTERS #4: LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE THROUGH, DING (丁) FIRE

The Yin counterpart to the blazing bright Bing Fire, the Ding Fire is usually described as a gentle candle that lights up the night.

Gentle and refined, Ding Fire Day Masters are discreet and elegant souls, not given to loud personalities and rough characteristics. Sensitive and receptive, the Ding Fire enjoys absorbing new knowledge and is particularly keen on inspiring others.

A single candle may not present much of a threat, but when given the right tinder, that same candle is able to burn down a house. Similarly, the Ding Fire Day Master does not reveal his or her talents quickly. Always unassuming, understated and subtle, the Ding Fire transforms into a trailblazer once their passions are ignited.

Ding Fire is transformative by nature.

People-centred, one of the Ding Fire’s biggest skills is their ability to influence through logic and reasoning. This does not mean that the Ding Fire is cold and purely logical. On the contrary, the Ding Fire has the rare ability to bring warmth and empathy to hard, cold facts.

By that logic, anything that helps people become a better version of themselves, both physically, mentally or spiritually, would be an ideal career or side business for the Ding Fire. The spectrum is extremely broad, but just for the sake of throwing in some examples, think along the lines of personal fitness trainer, self-development gurus, trainers or teachers, are just a sliver of the myriad options available to the Ding Fire.

A sales-driven career will also capitalize on the Ding Fire’s immense persuasive powers. This is especially true when the products or services are intended to aid the customers’ self-development process.

But things are never always that serious in the Ding Fire’s world. Your super power is your ability to inject fun into your projects. ‘Fun’ is a very persuasive selling point and one in which you hold the advantage. So let the sparkling side of your personality shine through!

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BAZI DAY MASTERS #3: TIME TO RISE AND SHINE, BING (丙) FIRE

In the study of Bazi, the Bing Fire is visualized as the sun: selfless, illuminating, dependable, and optimistic.

Bing Fire individuals exudes confidence even as you give off the impression of being relaxed and laid-back, carefree and jovial. This can only be pulled off by someone with an intrinsic belief in themselves and their abilities.

Nothing keeps a good Bing Fire down. Just as the sun unfailingly rises in the East every day, the Bing Fire individual is dependable and perseverant. Unfortunately, this also means that Bing Fires have a tendency to become very habitual and routine-driven. 

The glass is always half full for the Bing Fire person. An eternal optimist, you can find the silver lining in even the darkest clouds and the pot of gold beyond every rainbow. This positivity is a double-edged sword for the Bing Fire. On the one hand, there are very little regrets in a Bing Fire’s world. You rarely wallow in self-pity because you are constantly looking forward. But this same positivity makes the Bing Fire view the world through rose-tinted lenses. This belief in the good of every one and everything, means that the Bing Fire lack the ability to probe beyond the surface of any issues.

It is a rare Bing Fire individual who will be able to completely step out of your comfort zone to go beyond the tried-and-tested formula. Risk-averse and conservative by nature, a free-wheeling, loose and easy style of business will tend to be uncomfortable for the Bing Fire. While risk-management can be learned with one mindful step after another, in the creation of a second career, it would be easier for the Bing Fire to stick to his or her basic nature.

And the nature of the sun is to give.

Social entrepreneurism where your success contributes to the betterment of society would be a good fit for the Bing Fire’s magnanimous and generous nature. There is, however, a need to build some internal barriers against those who would take advantage of the Bing Fire’s generosity. Most Bing Fire individuals radiate an almost child-like naivety, unable to realize the darkness in people. Mindfulness of this inherent trait would go a long way towards preventing the Bing Fire from being taken for a ride.

The eternal optimist who shines bright no matter what will also make a good motivator. With the Covid-19 pandemic and the various unrests taking place around the globe, what the world really needs now is a ray of sunshine to light the way. Think about what you have to offer, focus on adding value, how your product or service can bring joy or hope to your customers. Be the Bing Fire that carries a message of hope.

Bing Fire individuals are also well-respected as mentors. While others may resent the success of people around them, the Bing Fire, like the sun, rises above all that pettiness. In fact, you will go all out to unearth the true talents and capabilities of others. Therefore, a second career as a professional mentor may be right up your alley.

If there is one caution to be laid upon the Bing Fire individual, it is to constantly evaluate your plans and objectives to avoid falling into a routine.

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BAZI DAY MASTERS #2: BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED WITH THE YI (乙) WOOD

In our last article, we spent some time with the straightforward gentleman, the Jia Wood. Now it’s time to meet his sister, the flexible and adaptable Yi (乙).

While the Jia stands firm against the winds of life, the charming Yi Wood knows how to sway with the breeze.

The Yi Wood is visualized as a flowering plant in your garden. It may look delicate, but its roots are widespread. Pluck a flower and another grows in its stead the next day. Though not as deeply rooted as the Jia Wood trees, the Yi Wood’s roots are literally a tangle of networks just beneath the surface.

Similarly, the Yi Wood Day Master is charming and adaptive, the ultimate networker. They can get along with almost anyone. It is a rare (read: nasty) individual who finds himself unfriended by a Yi Wood!

Yi Wood Day Masters exude an elegant and sophisticated air, and are often pleasing to the eye. Usually well-mannered, Yi Wood people are also quick-witted, charming and smooth conversationalists. It’s so easy to succumb to the magnetism and allure of their silver tongue.

Like the soft growing plants that can bloom where they are planted, Yi Wood individuals are less resistant to change. You possess strong survival instincts and possess a ‘never-say-die’ attitude. It’s hard to keep a good Yi Wood down.

People are your wealth. Anything that requires networking would make an ideal second career for the Yi Wood individual or anyone who has Yi Wood in their Month pillar. You will enjoy and succeed in situations that require you to go out and make more friends, wheeling and dealing, connecting diverse groups of people to each other.

In particular, look out for opportunities to create a business that combines your personal passion with something that you have a lot of knowledge about. This gives you room for creative improvisation that will enhance the value of your services to your customers.

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BAZI DAY MASTERS #1: SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE JIA (甲) RACE

In my previous series, I focused on helping you stay relevant in your organization by using your manager or supervisor’s Bazi profile. Now that you are on your way to having your job secured (of course, barring any external situations outside of your control), let’s start thinking about creating a second career.

To continue on our journey, let’s spend some time understanding the core characteristics of the 10 Stems. In doing so, we will understand the core of our personalities and start building a career that is attuned to our basic nature as opposed to bending ourselves out of shape.

So let’s start with el numero uno, the Yang Wood, Jia (甲).

The Jia Wood calls to mind a tall and sturdy tree. It is competitive (which tree stands tallest?), it is deeply rooted, it is upright and straight. It is also the most protective of the 10 Stems. Think of a tree spreading its branches to provide shade for those who choose to shelter under it.

Like the majestic trees he or she represents, the Jia Wood individual is steady and reliable. Just as a tree stands straight and tall, Jia Wood individuals can be stern and forthright. Deeply rooted, Jia Wood individuals can be rigid and resistant to change. They prefer environments where they can feel anchored.

They grow, but their growth can be almost imperceptible. Have you ever seen a tree grow without the help of timelapse camera? If you said yes, please drop me a note. I’d really like to meet the most patient person in the world!

But back to the magic of the Jia Wood individual. Trees can turn a single drop of water into branches and leaves and flowers. Similarly, a Jia Wood Day Master will also possess the ability to take a single idea and adapt it into multiple products.

Building on that, the key here is to create a single product or service that can be endlessly adapted to suit different environments or requirements. For example, a simplified accounting system that can be easily used by all small businesses regardless of their industries.

Jia Wood makes for great teachers and even better critics. As a trainer, the Jia Wood individual thrives at presenting their thoughts to people and showing others the right way (even though they can barely figure out their own mistakes). Jia Wood needs to be aware of the tendency to be subjective thinkers and learn the difference between genuine guidance from nit-picking.

Even if you are not a Jia Wood Day Master, this principle can also be applied if the Jia stem is present in your Month Pillar.

I’m sure you can tell by now that with the Jia modus operandi, the outcome may require some time before it comes into fruition. So start now!

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MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #10 – INDIRECT RESOURCE: WHEN YOUR BOSS IS A UNIQUE AND QUIRKY PHILOSOPHER

Quirky and eccentric, the Indirect Resource profile is often known for their insights and wisdom. The external image of a unique intellectual matches a naturally curious bend in which creative exploration is key.

Oprah Winfrey is a great example of a successful Indirect Resource profile. She mashes her unique insights with her vast source of knowledge into a very successful talkshow that has helped earn her billions.  

Recognizing Your Indirect Resource Boss

The most unique clue about an Indirect Resource profile is their minimalist lifestyle. By this, I mean that they try to live a baggage-free life, free from an over-reliance on external stimuli. Your Indirect Resource boss would be open to all sorts of mental and creative explorations.

While other profiles may walk around with blinders on, the Indirect Resource is constantly absorbing information from all around. This is where those unique insights are derived. At times, all this sponge-like absorption causes the ‘too much information’ syndrome, leading to anxiety.

At healthy levels (like Oprah), a high-functioning Indirect Resource profile can turn weird into a personal asset. At unhealthy levels, however, this eccentricity could run away from them and become a liability.

At work, your Indirect Resource boss would prefer to work on a strategic level. He (or she), will always try to understand the project at hand from every angle before deciding on a particular tactic. He will also be a very independent character, preferring to be self-sufficient instead of relying too much on other departments or individuals for support. He will also need to be autonomous in order to function at his best.

As a leader, the Indirect Resource boss tends to fall into the task-oriented category. His philosophy would be to just get the job done, with very little concern about the feelings of his team members or the relationships with others. This style makes him ideal in high-pressure situations where impromptu strategic planning needs to be mapped out and carried through fast. Certainly less ideal when the work requires input and participation of others.

Your Indirect Resource Boss Under Pressure

Like his Direct Resource counterpart, when under pressure, the Indirect Resource profile may resort into thinking mode. All thinking but no action. When the pressure becomes unbearable, Indirect Resource profiles are most likely to turn to sardonic humour to deflect the problem.

How To Deal With Your Indirect Resource Boss

With an Indirect Resource boss, it would be best if you can also be as independent as he is. While he is always open to new ideas, he dislikes double-talk and long convoluted embellishments.

Multi-task for him. For the Indirect Resource profile, one of their biggest strengths can also be their biggest weakness. They can bring supreme powers of concentration to bear on a particular problem (a strength), but at the same time, this level of focus means they will lack the ability to multi-task (a weakness). If you can take on the multiple tasks and brute practical work, thereby leaving him free to play at the strategic level, you will automatically become indispensable to your Indirect Resource boss.

Collect information. Collecting information is almost like a lifelong obsession for the Indirect Resource profile. They are great at conducting research and deriving unique and out of the box creative solutions from data. To be invaluable, be the source of information or data for your Indirect Resource boss.  

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God, Hurting Officer, Direct Officer, 7Killings, Friend, Rob Wealth, Direct Resource and Indirect Resource) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #9 – DIRECT RESOURCE: BANKING ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF AN ANALYST

Gentle, quiet, soft-spoken, the cultured demeanour of a Direct Resource often hides a razor-sharp mind. Frequently reserved, it can be hard to know what is on a Direct Resource profile’s mind. Most important of all, the Direct Resource firmly believes in the power of knowledge.

Jack Ma’s attitude towards lifelong learning has been the key to his success. As a young boy, he taught himself English by learning by conversing with English-speaking staff at the Hangzhou International Hotel. He practiced his skill by conducting tours for English-speaking tourists. He graduated with a degree in teaching and was a lecturer when he first learned about the internet. He taught himself how to build an ‘ugly’ website (his words, not mine!). Every step of the way, he learned and then he pioneered.

Recognizing Your Direct Resource Boss

Your Direct Resource boss would tend to be highly analytical. He (or she) would always want to know the why and how of things. He would be a veritable font of knowledge with a sensitive barometer for other people’s emotional changes.

He can study intricate processes with absolute attention to details. He will always strive to be thorough in order to achieve as high a level of perfection as possible. He would be the first to invest in knowledge because he firmly believes that knowledge is the only avenue for advancement.

As a leader, your Direct Resource boss would tend to be bureaucratic. He goes firmly by the book, giving little leeway for creative exploration.

Your Direct Resource Boss Under Pressure

Under pressure, your Direct Resource boss would display a tendency to isolate himself. He may become so wrapped up in his own problems that he ends up alienating the rest of the team. He may spend too much time analyzing the problem, to the point that important decisions may be delayed.

How To Deal With Your Direct Resource Boss

A Direct Resource boss can be a great supporter to have on your side as you work on simultaneously keeping your job while creating a second career.

Bank on his knowledge. Many Direct Resource profiles tend to know a lot of things, but they may not do anything about that knowledge. Sitting high up in their ivory tower, many Direct Resource profiles simply lack the will to turn theory into practice. If you can position yourself as a recipient of said know-how, and turn those academic ideals into pragmatic solutions, you will be indispensable to your Direct Resource boss.

Help him share his knowledge. As the Direct Resource profile is all about knowledge – gaining and sharing knowledge – another way to become indispensable to your Direct Resource boss could be to help him create a platform or a system where he can share his knowledge with others.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God, Hurting Officer, Direct Officer, 7Killings, Friend, Rob Wealth, Direct Resource and Indirect Resource) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #8 – ROB WEALTH: JOIN THE TRIBE AND BEAT THE DRUMS

In the classical application of Bazi, Rob Wealth is considered a negative star. Imagine, your wealth being robbed! That’s a bad thing, right? But today, this disruptor star is viewed as something highly desirable. It debunks the old way of doing things and changes the status quo. In short, it is the empire-builder star.

Recognizing Your Rob Wealth Boss

Your charismatic Rob Wealth boss leads by sheer force of personality. He (or she) loves playing to an audience. He is very persuasive, born with a silver tongue, a smooth operator who knows just what to say, how to say and when to say things that speak directly to people’s hearts. They connect with people’s emotions on a mass scale. With that skill, they have the ability to inspire, motivate and galvanize people into action.

He doesn’t wait around for opportunities to come knocking at his door. He’s never home! He’s out there in the world creating those opportunities for himself. He is very adaptable, using his quick wit and sharp reflexes to change plans in response to external stimuli.

On the flip side, he can also be rather deceitful. There’s always a hidden agenda, and he will say whatever he needs to say to get what he wants. A resilient and robust risk-taker, it is not uncommon for a Rob Wealth person will use any means possible to attain success.

Your Rob Wealth Boss Under Pressure

For the Rob Wealth profile, coming under pressure means he feels like he is losing his audience. Basically, when his self-grandeur is threatened. This is when the ruthless unconventional methods get deployed.

He is likely to withhold information to gain the upper hand. Of the 10 profiles, the Rob Wealth is the most envious and covetous. Because so much of his internal validation is intricately linked with external approbation.

How To Deal With Your Rob Wealth Boss

Similar to the Friend profile boss, the way to be useful to your Rob Wealth boss is not so much a matter of having soft skills. It’s more about tweaking your temperament.

Join his tribe; start beating the drums. Rob Wealth likes to form alliances and cliques. Not only do you need to be a member of his tribe, you will be even more indispensable if you are able to amplify his message. He would be a prolific social media user. Share his posts, comment on them, in other words, start beating the drums. Remember, he plays to an audience.

Be flexible. The Rob Wealth profile is nothing if not changeable. In certain cases, the Rob Wealth personality can swing from one extreme to another in the blink of an eye. Like the Friend profile boss, you must try to discern his real objective or goal. He’s not going to tell you, at least, not the real goal. [Side note: checking in with a Qimen oracle chart can be a tremendous help in this].

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God, Hurting Officer, Direct Officer, 7Killings, Friend and Rob Wealth) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #7 – FRIEND: WHEN YOUR BOSS IS A SOCIALITE DR. JEKYL AND NARCISSISTIC MR. HYDE

When you first met your boss, boy oh boy, you thought you had lucked out! Warm, friendly, and oh-so-charming and supportive. And then, ever so slowly, things take a slightly darker turn. You begin to realize that in your boss’s world view, it’s all about HIM (or HER). Like the song My Way by Frank Sinatra, the very earth itself exists because the Friend Profile needs something to stand on.

Recognizing Your Friend Profile Boss

They are supremely confident with a warm and engaging manner that allows them to charm everyone within their vicinity. They are superb at names and faces, highly skilled at putting people at ease with witty small talk and chit-chat. All that chutzpah is appealing in today’s business world, and as a consequence, the chances of meeting a Friend profile boss are actually fairly high.

Friend profiles have the in-born ability to quickly identify strengths in other people. This is a highly-honed skill, because the Friend profile is all about benefitting from other people. In a healthy Friend profile, this talent makes them great delegators. They have the knack to assign the right task to the right person in order to get the right results. A Friend profile’s resource doesn’t begin and end with mere money. For them, resource includes time, knowledge and people.

The healthy Friend profile can also bring this talent to the negotiating table. They are skilled negotiators who are very good at making useful connections.

Friend profiles are usually non-authoritarian leaders. They enjoy working with a team and prefer to adopt a more laissez-faire attitude and a pace-setting role.

Your Friend Profile Boss Under Pressure

Trouble starts when the Friend profile turns unhealthy. There are various markers a Bazi consultant uses to determine if a profile is healthy or unhealthy. To keep it simple for you, a key determining factor is when the Friend profile hits 100%.

When this happens, the self-centred nature of the Friend profile becomes magnified to the point where they become virtually incapable of accepting other viewpoints or ideas. They begin to over-estimate their use and value to others, leading to a narcissistic personality with delusions of grandiosity.

How To Deal With Your Friend Profile Boss

Dealing with the healthy Friend boss calls for more of a personality tweak as opposed to actual skills. Give plenty of emotional support, make sure they are included in everything, and give appreciation… publicly!

If you are dealing with an unhealthy level Friend boss, then I’m sorry, I’m about to turn you into a sycophant. Honestly, there is only a short-term solution for this. Subsuming one’s identity and living in the shadow of another cannot possibly be something for the long-term. The best that could happen is to milk as much advantage out of the current situation before moving on to the next thing.

To be useful for a narcissist, you need to quickly identify your Friend boss’s real goal and make sure that you actively help him achieve that goal. While you do that, gain some benefits for yourself by observing how your Friend boss operates in the world. These profiles have some skills that can be adopted, internalized, and tweaked to fit your own personality. How they breeze into a room and instantly connect with everyone, the way they articulate their requests, their outward show of confidence.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God, Hurting Officer, Direct Officer, 7Killings, Friend and Rob Wealth) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #6 – 7 KILLINGS: FROM CHAOS, ORDER

The 7 Killings profile is frequently found among athletes and corporate-raider types. Think George Soros, the Man Who Broke The Bank Of England! The most aggressive of the ten profiles, the 7 Killings profile is often referred to as ‘The Warrior Profile’ by Bazi practitioners. And for good reason!

Sometimes, you need to tear down in order to build a better version of something. This is what the 7 Killings profile is all about. Like a warrior, this profile will take any fight to the bitter end. Combative and determined, he (or she) will possess a swashbuckling charisma that is as irresistible as it is overwhelming.

The 7 Killings profile can be very impulsive, acting out the inner need to always be in motion. Because they are always probing for even the tiniest crack of advantage, an unhealthy-level 7 Killings can become unnecessarily suspicious, attributing even the weirdest motivations to every single person.

I’ve personally noticed that people with strong 7 Killings in their charts, but who has not had the benefits of a good education, tend to become gullible in the face of conspiracy theories.

Recognizing Your 7 Killings Boss

At work, the 7 Killings profile will tend to jump straight into action. No need for a second invitation; no need to beat around the bush. And, he expects everyone else to do the same.

He will be known as a ‘problem-solver’ within the organization. He is not only great at identifying the source of potential problems, he is also quick to fix them.

The 7 Killings boss will be a transaction leader – you do this for me, I do this for you.

Your 7 Killings Boss Under Pressure

Under pressure, the 7 Killings profile will have a tendency to become rebellious and disorganized. Because taking action fuels his sense of control, he may even disregard the all-important planning and strategizing in favour of action, action, action.

Everything becomes a competition during times of great stress. The 7 Killings could become extra-pushy and overbearing as he recklessly charges ahead, resolutely fighting against the flow, all in the name of outdoing his competitors.

How To Deal With Your 7 Killings Boss

Imagine yourself back in a time, thousands of years ago, when wars over land and territory was a common occurrence. During a war, they send their warriors out to fight. But once the land or territory has been won, the empires then send their administrators and ministers to re-build that which has been torn apart.

Systematize. Trailing in the wake of a 7 Killings can feel like following in the path of a tornado. You will be extremely valuable to your 7 Killings boss if you have the ability to enhance his outcome by creating systems and best practices to re-build something stronger, more efficient, effective, productive and resilient.

Summarize for Key Decisions. The 7 Killings profile by itself has no taste for details, more so if the Direct Resource or Direct Wealth is not among the top three profiles in his Bazi Chart. He will be elusive if you descend upon his office bearing reams after reams of fine print and data. When in need for his decision making, it will be more effective if you could summarize all that data into key points.

Like his Direct Officer counterpart, the 7 Killings boss values certain personal characteristics. The one thing that the 7 Killings boss will value the most is loyalty. When you meet a 7 Killings boss, expect to find him testing your loyalty. It is something that his suspicious nature will inevitably do.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God, Hurting Officer, Direct Officer and 7Killings) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #5 – DIRECT OFFICER: THE SOP FOR THE DIRECT OFFICER BOSS

It had been really difficult to find a public figure with a Direct Officer profile. The most high profile entrepreneurs, business and thought leaders of the day tend to belong to the more extroverted categories. This is so typical of a Direct Officer profile. They take the art of being unassuming to the next level.

This, however, does not mean that Direct Officer profiles cannot be successful. On the contrary, many of the top CEO and COOs of public-listed companies are Direct Officer profiles. The difference here is, their success is only known to those who need to know.

Short of using an actual consult chart (which I would never do), I have had no choice but to illustrate the characteristics of the Direct Officer profile with a historical figure – Bao Zheng.

For the benefit of those who may not be conversant with Chinese legends, Bao Zheng was a renowned judge from the Song Dynasty (circa year 1000 AD). He is a smart, intelligent guy who consistently demonstrated extreme honesty and uprightness. What is Bao Zheng most famous for? He upholds the law without fear or favour.

Recognizing Your Direct Officer Boss

If I were to sum up the Direct Officer profile with just one word, it would be, of course, ‘law-abiding’. Your Direct Officer boss will be someone who is very conservative. A conformist to the core, he would be rather inflexible, especially where Standard Operating Procedures are concerned.

He (or she) would be a born diplomat. In meetings, he would often be the first to find the middle ground and smooth things over. Precise and proficient, he would be open to improving on systems, but would put up some resistance when it is time to reinvent the wheel.

His is a democratic style of leadership. He prefers to act as a guide, accepting input and ideas from his team members. In fact, he often goes out of his way to help his team members feel included and valued.

As a side note, Direct Officer profiles make the best coaches, primarily due to their innate desire to support others and their keen listening skills.

Your Direct Officer Boss Under Pressure

A Direct Officer boss is the one most likely to cling to an SOP, if nothing else but for the sake of consistency. This is the polar opposite of the Indirect Wealth boss who will lean towards starting again from scratch. At unhealthy levels, a Direct Officer boss could very well ignore the elephant in the room. This denial stems from an inner push against facing unpleasant realities.

How To Deal With Your Direct Officer Boss

The trick to being indispensable to your Direct Officer boss is to enhance the enshrined SOP.

Take an active role by helping your team set priorities. There will always come a time when the team will need to differentiate between what is urgent and what is important, and act accordingly. This small step of tweaking the SOP (without tearing it apart), must be aimed at the objective of having things back in working order as soon as possible without taking the sense of control away from your boss.

Where possible, allow a time frame for the decision-making process. The Direct Officer profile is detail-oriented, systematic and by-the-book. They prefer making decisions only after having worn down at least several fine-tooth combs. Of course, there will always be times when decisions have to be made instantaneously, but whenever possible, build in a time frame for the decision-making process. The Direct Officer boss firmly believes that in order for something to be done well, it must be completed early.

Unlike the previous types of bosses in this series (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God and Hurting Officer), the Direct Officer boss will value a few key personality traits. These are:

Self-discipline.  The Direct Officer boss puts a high premium on this trait. The ability to demonstrate self-discipline in your daily performance will put you in high standings with your Direct Officer boss.

Take your aggression elsewhere. The Direct Officer boss is above all else, a harmonious team leader. He will look out for every person, he wants to settle all conflicts, and is always striving for peaceful objectives. This type of leadership style will crack if there are too many aggressive personalities competing within the team. There will be too much time spent in mediation instead of moving things forward.

You could, on the other hand, offer to fight his battles for him. Conflicts and arguments are an inevitable part of working life. This offer should be framed as a willingness to stand up and take one for the team – to say certain things during meetings that needs to be said, or to take a stance with certain other aggressive individuals. In other words, you are using your Hurting Officer to you’re your Direct Officer. A word of caution, this tactic must be used carefully and very, very strategically.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

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