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Business Martial Arts Lesson - The Foundation

Martial Arts Lesson Applied to Business

Hapkido is a form of martial arts that is practiced heavily in Korea and is similar to jujutsu practiced in Japan. The word Hapkido itself comes from hap meaning harmony, ki meaning internal energy or strength and do meaning the way or joining energy. Hapkido in word and in action should emphasize the harmony of energy through internal strength.

I was lucky enough to live near a couple of Hapkido masters that led me to earn a black belt after years of training and eventually teach the art myself. I believe Hapkido gave me life skills outside of being a better martial artist. At the request of a friend of mine, I’ve decided to share some of those lessons with you over the next few weeks.

Laying a Foundation – Hapkido is a building program that relies on previous steps along the way to put you in the position to learn the nuances. The thing that frustrates people in training is that if you don’t know the fundamentals and haven’t laid a foundation, you will never master the powerful nuances. This takes a great deal of dedication and hard study but the good news is that you can always go back to that foundation when you are in a pinch. It’s always there waiting for you and it works.

The Business Application of the Lesson – Know the foundation of your business and your role. What problems are you solving for buyers, what is your offering, how do you make honest money and how do you care for your buyers? Answer these questions first, document the answers and share them with everyone. Regardless of the other issues that will pop up that probably represent low value to the business, employees can always go back to the foundation to know where to place their attention and where to add powerful nuanced value over time.

2nd Lesson:  Be Present

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John is an experienced leader with a strong background of defining and executing company strategies. He is especially skilled in channel management, market analysis, brand marketing and selling technology products and services. He has successfully served in a number of executive positions and has been in management for 20 years. John is currently writing a book on increasing revenue generation. He has been a co-author of a comprehensive marketing methodology for high tech companies and has helped venture capitalists and private equity firms gauge their technology investments. In 2004, John served as Vice President of Marketing for the NA arm of the $6B IT Services division of Siemens, AG. John served on the board of directors at WebTrends, purchased by NetIQ (NTIQ) for $1 billion in 2001. WebTrends was highly successful dominating the web site analysis and reporting space. Prior to WebTrends, John was the Vice President of Marketing for Tivoli Systems. John has worked as a contracted consultant for established companies, start ups and top analyst firms. John can be reached at john@johnwryan.com or you can follow him on Twitter @buyersteps