How swordfighting taught me social business skills

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The 'experts' of tomorrow are those who can skillfully manage information flows rather than hoard stocks of knowledge. This takes lessons from Japanese swordfighting in how to respond to continual …

The 'experts' of tomorrow are those who can skillfully manage information flows rather than hoard stocks of knowledge. This takes lessons from Japanese swordfighting in how to respond to continual flow of changing information and apply to social business

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  • 1. How Swordfighting Taught Me Social Business skills7 Lessons in Managing Flows of Knowledge Presentation & Demos by Rawn Shah & John McGraugh, senseis Samurai #3 says: “You simply have to see this presented live!” ( at SXSW 2013 hopefully… )
  • 2. 1. Develop a Repertoire Tai sabaki (Body Movement) 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 3 4 1 • Know what & how you want 2 to engage1 2 1 • T-shaped skills 1 5 6 2 7 8 2 • Practice, practice, practice
  • 3. 2. Flex from the Fixed• Start with the known• Be flexible - Adjust in small degrees to meet the situation• Return or Reconnect to the known Kamae (Stances)
  • 4. 3. Focus• Keep a deep focus during interaction – mēsen• Also focus immediately after - zanshin• Meditate & reflect – mokuso
  • 5. 4. Decide-Act on Instinct
  • 6. 5. Follow Through • Anticipate one or more moves ahead (your repertoire) • Find a new position of readiness • Don’t simply react, but flow smoothly into the next action
  • 7. 6. Let it go• You can’t get everything• Dwelling on failure looses focus on the moment.• Even a steel sword can bounce off of a grass mat
  • 8. 7. Three “Good Jobs” + One Critique• Acknowledge good work• Encourage 3x more than you correct
  • 9. Presenters & Demo team• John McGraugh, sensei 6th Degree black belt Hiraido 4th Degree Battodo http://theswordguy.com John@TheSwordGuy.com• Rawn Shah, sensei 3rd Degree Battodo Social Business Strategist & Author http://blogs.Forbes.com/rawnshah @rawn