Why the Karate Kid is bad at business

Instead of crane-kicking conflict at work, try this technique instead.

If you’ve ever experienced conflict at work, then you’re normal. Congratulations.

The bad news is that lots of folks struggle with how to handle workplace conflict.

Enter Aikido.

Aikido is a different kind of martial art. Instead of aggressive striking and round-houses to the face, Aikido teaches harmony and peace.

“Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you.” (Source)

Important note: We’re not advocating you throw your coworkers across the room or anything. Also, stop the round-houses when people miss deadlines. Good heavens.

Here are two interesting articles about Aikido and how it applies to leadership in the workplace. If you have a couple of minutes, they're an interesting read and a concept worth exploring a little more.

And now a wise prediction.

Peterson will, metaphorically, try to sweep your leg tomorrow during the department meeting.

Instead of, metaphorically, crane kicking him, try absorbing his energy and use it against him.

But be nice about it.

A wise course.

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