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Business Martial Arts Lesson – There Are No Short Cuts

Hard work is good for earning business capabilities

This is Lesson No. 3 of a Continuing Series on How Martial Arts Skills can be Applied to Business

There are no short cuts – a Hapkido master told me this and thank goodness there are people in the world who still believe this. Stop trying to be clever and instead focus on earning real capabilities. In Hapkido, you either know it or you don’t and it shows in the practice of the art.

The business lesson

– There are business people in prison because they forgot this. Building a strong business that has great capabilities requires study and hard work. When people take short cuts, bad things tend to happen. Nothing ever worthwhile seems to come easy for anyone. I think that’s how the universe was set up and when you try to out-maneuver the universe, you are playing with fire.

Lesson One - The Foundation
Lesson Two:  Be Present
Lesson Four: A million lessons everyday

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John is an experienced leader with a strong background of defining and executing company strategies. He is especially skilled in channel management, market analysis, brand marketing and selling technology products and services. He has successfully served in a number of executive positions and has been in management for 20 years. John is currently writing a book on increasing revenue generation. He has been a co-author of a comprehensive marketing methodology for high tech companies and has helped venture capitalists and private equity firms gauge their technology investments. In 2004, John served as Vice President of Marketing for the NA arm of the $6B IT Services division of Siemens, AG. John served on the board of directors at WebTrends, purchased by NetIQ (NTIQ) for $1 billion in 2001. WebTrends was highly successful dominating the web site analysis and reporting space. Prior to WebTrends, John was the Vice President of Marketing for Tivoli Systems. John has worked as a contracted consultant for established companies, start ups and top analyst firms. John can be reached at [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter @buyersteps

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