|By John Ryan||
|August 7, 2009 09:52 AM EDT||
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.
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