Prioritizing for Efficacy

If everything is important, nothing is important. When we combine the needs and wants of others with the things that we need or want to get done for ourselves, we quickly begin to realize that there is not enough time to accomplish everything or to satisfy every demand. One of the easiest ways to guarantee…

Strategically Ignoring That Which Matters Least

You cannot do everything. Choose wisely. After being a general manager of a coffee shop for a few months, my district manager came in for a visit. It was obvious to him that I was a bit overwhelmed. We talked about how things were going. I told him that I was having trouble keeping up…

Passing Guard for the (Small) Win

If you want to get better at guard passing, get swept a lot. An essential skill in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is the ability to pass an opponent’s guard. That is, the ability to get past a downed opponent’s legs in order to attain a dominant position on his or her torso and from which to…

It’s Not For That (And That’s Okay)

“The aiki-arts (aikido, aikijujutsu, hapkido, et al) are ineffective for fighting and incapable of teaching practitioners how to defend themselves against even the most inexperienced attacker, let alone a seasoned martial artist.” As a practitioner of both aikido (one aspect of Taikyoku Budo) and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), I have spent a lot of time contemplating…

This Is My Real Job

Sometimes, the needs of the business take priority over our personal interests. Some time ago, in my first year as a General Manager (GM) for a large coffee company, I was at a development meeting with my District Manager (DM) and we were discussing labor and scheduling. He observed that I had several part-time employees…