It is fascinating how technology connects us and gives us opportunity to meet.
The internet amazes me at times. I’m meeting incredible people I probably would never have had the chance to meet in person. One of these people is a kindred spirit named Jaro Berce, the author of Leadership by Virtue.
One of the great divides in martial arts––and leadership––is that between “hard” and “soft” styles.
Hard styles, like Karate and Tae Kwon Do generally emphasize striking and explosive power––what we call the “external” aspects of fighting. Soft or “internal” styles emphasize deflection, leverage and borrowing an attacker’s energy. These styles include Aikido and Tai Chi.
I wrote in The Sensei Leader that “You can see the same divide in business and professional development. Hard skills refer to technical and domain training, whereas soft skills include personal development areas—character development, communication and listening skills, empathy, mentoring, and of course, leadership training.”
When I read Berce’s book, I felt as if we were…
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