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The Leadership Dojo Coming to a Bookstore Near You in September

August 9, 2007

The Leadership Dojo, Cover
One of our most hotly anticipated upcoming titles, The Leadership Dojo has been featured in the Executive Bookshelf section of U.S. News & World Report, in the July 16, 2007 issue.

More and more, the dojo is being used to symbolically represent the sacred ground where young entrepreneurs and the military gain business and leadership knowledge.

In The Leadership Dojo, Strozzi-Heckler presents key principles such as shugyo, or self-cultivation, as necessary for the development of individual responsibility, social commitment, and moral and spiritual vision. Drawing on the wisdom of ages from Plato to the Bhagavad-Gita, from Thucydides to the Abidharma, the book asserts that understanding and answering these questions holds the key to superior leadership skills. Strozzi-Heckler teaches with real-world examples based on his wide experience training decision-makers at companies like AT&T, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft.

I’m curious about how his wisdom of the ages explorations end up being used in corporate environments. His writing is also very popular with the military. Of Strozzi-Heckler’s training of U.S. Marine Corps, The Wall Street Journal has said, it’s “focused as much on the soul as it is on the soldiering.” The Leadership Dojo combines the precision of the military with a set of spiritual and mental practices that allow the reader to develop lifelong leadership skills.

I wonder how the less corporate-minded members of the martial arts communities feel about the metaphorical dojo being used in this way. For example, substantial increases in revenue are touted as the end result of using the skills learned. We all have divergent opinions about how martial arts skills can or should be used in everyday life, personally, and professionally. What do you think?

What would Ueshiba (the founder of Aikido) think?

Here’s the Leadership Dojo website. There’s also a website devoted to the author’s institute, Strozzi Institute.

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