First lesson in aikido

Aikido, as we know it, is a defensive martial art (vs offensive martial arts like Muay Thai, fondly known as ‘the science of eight limbs’.) The founder, by the way is Morihei Ueshiba or known as O Sensei (which can be loosely translated to mean the great teacher). In honour of the teacher, a picture of O Sensei is usually placed in the dojo (i.e. training place) where students of aikido gather to train.

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A great man is one sentence

I find this extremely inspiring. From the book Drive, pp. 154-155, Daniel Pink wrote:

In 1962, Clare Boothe Luce, one of the first women to serve in the U.S. Congress, offered some advice to President John F. Kennedy. ‘A great man,’ she told him, ‘is one sentence.’ Abraham Lincoln’s sentence was: ‘He preserved the union and freed the slaves.’ Franklin Roosevelt’s was: ‘He lifted us out of a great depression and helped us win a world war.’ Luce feared that Kennedy’s attention was so splintered among different priorities that his sentence risked becoming a muddled paragraph. …

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Six sticky posts

It’s weekend and I feel like sharing 2 stories with you. I’m sure you have heard of them before, one way or another.

Story 1

A friend told me that a friend of his was in Chicago on business, and decided to go out to a famous bar in town. He picked up a beautiful young woman, and they eventually retreated to a motel. The next morning the man woke up with a splitting headache, and there was blood all over the bed sheets. The woman was gone. It doesn’t take him long to discover a freshly stitched incision on his side, and by some means or other the man eventually reaches a local hospital where he finds that one of his kidneys had been removed. He is told by the hospital that the operation was performed very professionally, and that his kidney is probably headed for sale on the black market.

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Who are James Wilson and George Kelling?

Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.

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Why is the glass half full or half empty?

There is an old joke about H-A-B-I-T that if you take away H , you get A-BIT. If you remove A, you still have BIT and if you further remove B, you still have IT! Old habits die hard!

The same must be true for many other things. For example, there is a certain pattern as to how we process information and represent them. In NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming i.e. a milder version of hypnosis if you like ) this is called metaprogramme. I will discuss 5 major ones in this post.

(1) Outcome preferencemoving towards something or moving away

When we describe something, do we state ‘what we want’ or do we describe ‘what we don’t want’? Can you differentiate the following?

  • I like blue cars
  • I don’t like anything red

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What’s the big fuss about representational systems?

By now you have probably heard of representational systems in NLP

If you are not familiar, have a look at the picture below ( the arrow points at the direction of the eye movement, i.e. up, middle, down)

V – Visual – driven by what I see

A – Auditory – driven by what I hear

K – Kinesthetic – driven by what I feel

(image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Ignoring Ai (which I’ll talk about shortly) the image above is a typical right handed person facing you

(1) What is it like being a visual, auditory or kinesthetic person?

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