Kung Fu Practice in the workplace?
Below is another post from my friend Princess wealth. Here she advices leaders and managers to utilise a martial arts (particularly Kung fu) practice of patience, energy and time when dealing with employees. I find this particular post interesting because it adds another dimension to leadership. Enjoy!
I have come to discover that most managers and leaders subconsciously use a macho warfare method of leadership and it is indeed very ineffective in the long run; because by being impulsive and unfair to employees you sell a negative image of yourself and organisation to your staff and these employees subconsciously sell the same image of you and your company to prospective clients and customers.
Here is an illustration to help you better understand what am talking about – Sky studied kung fu in Taiwan and his instructor taught him about the ” inner force” in every human being that can be called on to achieve great things. Subsequently, he put every bit of his instructor’s instructions to use as he rose to prominence in his career.
Sky recalls: “I saw demonstrations when I was in Taiwan and the United States of Kung fu masters who quite simply blew my mind with what they did. For instance, they set up three candles, put a piece of clear glass between their face and the candles, and just by moving their fists towards the flame they were able to put the flames off from a distance of atlas 12 inches”
One of my friends who had a black belt in karate, watched the demonstration with me turned to me and said, “Sky, you have studied Kung fu, haven’t you”? And I said “a little bit” he then asked, “how do they do that? I have a black belt in Karate and one of our tests is to be able to extinguish a candle flame with our strongest kick, but we can come as close to the candle flame as possible and I had to train hours and hours to be able to do that, it is physically impossible to do it from 12 inches away with the strongest kick I have”, he proceeded to say. “I could never do it with a slow motion punch, how do those guys do it”? I replied saying “well! It’s actually based on something called KI”
Now the lesson from this story is the act of Ki, the principle of focusing on your one point and thinking about only that one point. In aikido, they teach you to focus your attention on your one point, which is a point 2 inches below your navel; this makes you automatically centred thus making it difficult miss what you aim at. When you have your awareness on your one point, you are balanced and focused.
As a CEO, you must realise that most people in the workplace are not centred, they live off the top of their heads where, basically, anything that comes up in life is going to tip them over, tip them off the centre.
So your duty as a leader is to model being centred. You must radiate this immovable life force, the Ki( the positive force that makes things happen within us) in your staff.
By a simple, calm spirit, charisma, grace and faith it becomes easy to see the potentials of our employees. In your next challenge as a CEO, try relaxing, allowing the force greater than you to flow through you out into the situation while you stay focused on your desired result (end in mind) and trust me, it won’t be too long before you are able to resolve issues with ease while positively impacting on your organisation.