- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press (February 22, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609802216
- ISBN-13: 978-0609802212
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leadership Aikido: 6 Business Practices That Can Turn Your Life Around Paperback – February 22, 1999
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"We can rejoice that John O'Neil has joined his immense knowledge of management with the wisdom of aikido. It's an unbeatable combination."
--George Leonard, author of Mastery: The Key to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment and founder of Aikido of Tamaltais
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changing nature of today's business world requires that people possess strong leadership expertise that will enable them to handle potential problems with efficiency, intelligence, and diplomacy. As managers and employers rethink out-moded business paradigms in order to keep offices running smoothly, production levels high, and morale up, Leadership Aikido presents innovative skills that answer their urgent needs.
Author and management consultant John O'Neil shows us how the concepts of aikido can be used as a lifelong business practice. Aikido--the martial arts tradition that stresses victory without harm--employs six master practices that enable us to assess and develop our leadership potential. These practices of aikido are: cultivating self-knowledge; practicing the paradoxical art of planning; speaking the language of mastery; letting values drive our decisions; turning failure into success; and heeding the law of unintende
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What do the six principles focus on? Self-knowledge, Planning, Habits of Language, Values, Resiliency (dealing with failure), and Control (or lack thereof). I liked the insights and ancedotes in each chapter, and there are some really good exploration exercises spread throughout the book. Do these alone or with a guide; they're great for cultivating reflectiveness. "Think time" is something all leaders need.
The book will appeal to leaders who are intuitive or are exploring that aspect. Linear, hard-driven types--you probably will pass on this one for now. The author's earlier book The Paradox of Success addresses the disillusionment faced by those who have achieved success but at great personal cost. That book will find more resonance with a wider audience.
Aikido is used as a metaphor, and the author shares both his admiration for the art and admits his lack of experience on the mat. The book found it's mark with me. But for those looking for aikido, they should probably go elsewhere (George Leonard or Mitsugi Saotome).