Chaos, Complexity and The Randori Principle - A New Model of Business Decision-Making
Southern New Hampshire University
Last modified: March 12, 2006
This paper examines the complex nature of the Japanese martial art of aikido and is modeled upon the book titled "The Randori Principles, The Path of Effortless Leadership" by David Baum and Jim Hassinger (2002). Comparing the principles of Randori to everyday, sometimes chaotic, business situations shows that having a sense of balance in the work environment is more important than any other trait a leader could have. In this paper, I will define each core concept and give a physical example of Randori as it relates to a mental decision or action that a leader must make. Leadership positions carry authority and power to make significant business decisions, and these leaders affect the culture of their companies when using this authority and power. Not all leaders use their power or authority in the best manner. It is very important that leaders continue to learn and manage their responsibilities wisely. By using aikido martial arts analogies for business leadership skills the leader learns to focus on key elements and keep away outside distractions. This approach will enable the reader to visualize and understand aikido, which is otherwise difficult to envision because of its complexity.