What does Kung Fu have to do with an agile mindset?

To succeed or even survive in today’s constantly changing environment, having a great idea is not enough. You need an Agile Mindset and perhaps Kung Fu can help you achieve it.

In an asymmetric competitive environment, a small startup with a disruptive idea may render large companies irrelevant and drive them out of their business. On the other hand, large organizations can gain a significant competitive advantage, if they can use their resources in an effective and efficient way.

Organizations with established working structures need a change of mindset in order to tackle such challenges and take advantage of the opportunities.

On the other side, small startups that just begin to form their culture, have the opportunity to adopt the right mindset from the very start.

Succeeding in today’s competitive business environment requires an Agile Mindset. It is all about embracing and constantly adapting to change, learning to fail fast and early and it is about speed.

If your are transforming a large organization or bootstrapping a small startup you may look and find inspiration in many places, perhaps even in the Kung Fu style of Bruce Lee.

Agile vs Rigid Structures

You know baby, this Bamboo is longer, more flexible, and very much alive … and when your flashy routine cannot keep up with the speed and elusiveness of this thing here, all I can say is you’ll be in deep trouble!”

– Bruce lee, The Death Game

Embrace and Adapt to Change

Don’t make a plan on biting, that is a very good way to loose your teeth … If you try to remember you will loose! Empty your mind be formless,shapeless like water. Now, if you put water into a cup it becomes the cup, if you put it into a teapot, it becomes the tea pot. Now water can flow or creep or drip or crash. Be water my friend!”

– Bruce lee, Long Street TV Series


Learn to Fail

“Your are not ready. Like everyone else you want to learn the way to win but never gonna accept the way to lose, to accept defeat to learn to die is to be liberated from it, so when tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying”

– Bruce lee, Long Street TV Series