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The Other Side of Strategy

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  Last month, I told you how I moved away from the deck. This month, I want to take the role of devil’s advocate: How can I return to the deck again?   If you’ve ever read Michael Gerber’s business book, The E-Myth, then you know that most of us who opened martial arts schools ...

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Conditions of Learning, Part 2

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This month, I want to continue my presentation of the Conditions of Learning by focusing on goal setting as it relates to teaching. Most of us think that we have a rather good notion of how to engage in goal setting. After all, we reached Black Belt and beyond, and we run our businesses successfully. ...

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Conditions of Learning, Part I

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The basis of any successful business is a series of reproducible, result-producing systems. Small and large businesses, including martial arts schools, create and implement systems for accounting, customer services, marketing, etc. You hire staff members to implement those systems and you train them to implement them correctly. Then, you teach, which is something else entirely. ...

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Balance

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Is it possible to over stretch? Is it possible to over reach a technique? Is it possible to over commit resources? Obvious answers, right? I wonder why so many of us do exactly that as business owners. We counsel our students to do appropriate stretches; we reinforce the correct form. Yet, we sometimes find ourselves ...

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Black-Belt Tests, Part 2

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As I explained in Part 1 of this multi-part column, our Black­ Belt tests are very large rank-requirement classes filled with students from Green through Black Belt. There is much hard work, fun and sweat during our Black Belt tests. The tests take an entire evening, but they are not rigid, discipline-driven events; and they ...

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