(FORTUNE Magazine) – The first thing you notice about the office of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson equity chief Ulrik Trampe is the large number of rocks. Twelve softball-sized stones sit on his windowsill to guard against negative forces from surrounding buildings. Another 69 small pieces run along the ledge of an internal window to deflect the heat and bad energy from computers and fax machines on the other side. This decor adds Trampe to an unlikely list of corporate higher-ups who have hired masters of the Chinese art of feng shui.

This is one of the quirkier results of globalization. The master whom Trampe hired is a petite 33-year-old woman named Pun Yin, of Tin Sun Metaphysics in New York's Chinatown. In the past few years she's provided energy boosts of a noncaffeinated variety to executives at Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley, clothing designer Elie Tahari, and a big real estate developer, among others.

Pun Yin learned feng shui, a combination of geomancy, psychology, and Chinese philosophy, as a child in Hong Kong. Now she spends her time adapting the ancient nature-based system (feng shui literally means "wind-water") to modern glass-tower life. "When people walk into a place and there's a good feeling, it registers on the subconscious, and they're more relaxed, more effective. This is what I engineer," she explains. Her fees start at $400 per on-site consultation.

Some of Pun Yin's fixes are intuitive (e.g., executives should sit facing the door with a wall behind them to feel protected and powerful); others aren't. She told Dresdner Kleinwort that an exit sign over a new trading floor would cause people to quit or be fired. The company scoffed, but within weeks the head of risk arbitrage, who sat beneath the sign, left suddenly. Trampe wasted no time calling Pun Yin back. She hung jade butterflies from the sign to symbolize growth; since then business has thrived, and Trampe needs to extend the trading desk. How much of this success is the bull market and how much is the feng shui is a call he won't make--but he's already asked Pun Yin to consult on the expansion. --Eileen P. Gunn