The Interesting Life Of Joseph Bismarck

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As the managing director of QI Group, Joseph Bismarck is responsible for the livelihood of 1,500 employees spanning the thirty countries where the company has offices. At first, the stereotypical image of a world class CEO pops into mind, but after getting to know Mr. Bismarck, you find he is nothing like the brash, egotistical archetype. In fact, he is quite the opposite.

Bismarck entered into a Philippino ashram (monastery) at the young age of nine years old. There he learned the virtues of the monks and to this day practices his faith of The Absolute Truth. His daily life is centered around his deep spirituality which is reflected by his respect for his employees, simple lifestyle and humble demeanor. 

After leaving the ashram at seventeen, Bismarck co-founded the QI Group with Malaysian businessman, Vijay Eswaran in 1988. The company has interests in education, hospitality, direct selling, financial services and retail. Bismarck believes that each employee can and should go beyond the scope of their individual roles to contribute something greater to society. To achieve this, much of the company’s resources are spent in the personal development of their employees through an affiliate company called The V. The V conducts training boot camps, conventions and retreats to enhance employee’s skill sets. Bismarck prefers a consultative style of management and problem-solving. This approach is reflective of his humble nature and empowerment philosophy.

When not working on the complex issues a the multi-national conglomerate, Bismarck devotes a lot of his spare time to another affiliate named The RYTHM Foundation, which stands for Raise Yourself to Help Mankind. This social responsibility platform is a mechanism to provide opportunities to achieve personal success and service for people in the poor and marginalized parts of society. 

Bismarck also is a frequent contributor to his spiritual blog (www.gemsofwisdom.net), practices martial arts and is a yoga teacher, and Vedic philosopher.