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Studies in Leadership, Motivation, and Management

Steve Kaufman has been teaching ideas and concepts of leadership for more than five decades. He speaks with clarity and understanding while sustaining audience interest and focus throughout his presentations, empowering people to grasp the ideas for personal and business use through an interactive format. His best-selling books have sold over 1.3 million copies worldwide. Alternately, webinars are available for any organization.

Steve understands that each presentation needs to be designed and delivered for the specific needs of the seminar sponsor and crafts his presentations to be timely, focused, and oriented to the enlightenment of all in attendance.

For more information on Stephen F. Kaufman, visit http://www.hanshi.com

The Sword in the Boardroom

Winning for the Benefit of All Concerned

The Sword in the Boardroom synthesizes the teachings of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings and Sun Tzu’s Art of War along with commentary by Stephen F. Kaufman presenting the views of the masters, with explicit examples to address realistic strategy solutions for the development of business and life negotiation skills. A contemporary approach based on integrity, honesty, and morality is presented to teach timeless universal truths, based on a philosophy that stresses winning for the benefit of all concerned. Envisioning yourself as the primary recipient of good as the correct way to effectively and efficiently accomplish goals, attendees learn:

  • High power deal making and enterprise control

  • Attitudes needed for personal victory
  • Assessing the opposition
  • Evaluating personal motivation
  • Focused effective planning for all operations
  • Proper treatment of personnel
  • Maintaining control of circumstances
  • Motivating associates

Sun Tzu’s Art of War

Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Management

Sun Tzu’s Art of War is perhaps the best-known and most highly regarded treatise on strategy yet written. Compiled over two thousand years ago, its principles are as applicable to the boardroom as they are to the battlefield. Beginning with an introduction to Sun Tzu, the fundamental lessons of accomplishment in any endeavor are discussed, with an approach towards developing the capability of applying the principles expounded for everyday life. Interaction with case studies and defined goals are developed for logical and profitable resolve.

  • Understanding the principles taught by Sun Tzu
  • How to think of progress
  • The nature of accomplishment
  • Why conflict is essential for progress
  • The reality of deception
  • Control and maintenance of territory
  • Manipulation of circumstance
  • Fierceness, determination, and desire


Napoleon Means Business

The Art of Business Based on His Maxims

Napoleon Means Business is a presentation based on the war maxims of Napoleon and presented in seminar format to illustrate the correct mindset needed for success in any area of endeavor. World-renowned leadership expert Stephen F. Kaufman presents ideas of one of the most illustrious generals in history by restructuring Napoleon’s words to empower attendees to take advantage of strong military ideals and transform them into solid business models that have been utilized by all the great leaders in history. Taking each of the historically accurate maxims accredited to Napoleon, the application of each is explained as how to apply the principles of inordinate accomplishment from a functional perspective in terms easy to understand that anyone can apply to any aspect of their life.

  • Correctly approaching the objective
  • Maintaining control in a negotiation
  • Turning defeat into victory
  • Understanding discipline for accomplishment
  • Maintaining open lines of communication
  • Maximizing the results of effort


Musashi’s Book of Five Rings

The Warrior Method for Personal Integrity and Self-Development


Personal integrity, honesty and morality, and the determination to use intelligent tactics for accomplishment in life is explored. Beginning with an introduction to the work and why it is vitally important in today’s global society, warrior concepts of morality and the difference between not getting a deal signed and having your head cut off is explained. Participants develop awareness through the realization of self acceptance to increase personal and business productivity. Based on the structure of the original treatise, the presentation is divided into five parts:

  • The Book of Earth – Fundamental attitudes of the Masters
  • The Book of Water – The natural order of things
  • The Book of Fire – The passion to win
  • The Book of Wind – Understanding inconsequential matters
  • The Book of the Void – No-thing-ness and the completeness of all


Self-Revealization Acceptance®

Your Divine and Earthly Right to Live in Joy and Freedom

The true secret to winning the so-called battles of life is not in understanding why things happen, or why they don’t, but rather in knowing what you want and accepting it as already done. Stephen Kaufman’s teachings introduce you to the control of the creative aspect of the universe, the Spirit of the Thing Itself, empowering you to develop complete and total self-reliance and the ability to create exactly what you want and when you want it. But, you must have the correct technique, and Self-Revealization Acceptance® abundantly clarifies the methodology, without delving into or swaying personal religious beliefs. Topics interactively discussed include:

  • What Self-Revealization Acceptance is and how to make it work
  • Why selfishness is good and how to develop it in pure form
  • Understanding the Spirit of the Thing Itself
  • Acceptance of ease and grace in all endeavors
  • You reap what you KNOW – not what you sow
  • Escaping from the morass of indifference and mediocrity
  • Knowing it is done by virtue of being


Lao Tzu’s Living Tao

Empowering the Self for Productive Living

The Living Tao teaches how to use the ancient truths of Lao Tzu’s directions for personal and cooperative advantage. The proper perspective of the Tao and a harmonious life is simple to attain with understanding and awareness and is explained with intelligent and realistic examples. The result is serenity, contentment, increased productivity, peace of mind, accomplishing all with ease. The Living Tao addresses challenges faced by individuals experiencing confusion and discord in their relationships with themselves and others. The seminar explains simple truths that make life worth living, by using ancient wisdom in the modern world. Topics interactively discussed include:

  • Effective decision making
  • Life survival skills
  • Personal rights and privileges
  • True responsibility
  • Relationship enjoyment
  • Resourcefulness
  • Peace and harmony in the workplace
  • Dealing with life’s challenge


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Homage for Miyamoto Musashi – 122 Haiku and Images

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From the Teachings of Hanshi Kaufman

My Influence is Universal

My work extends into all spheres of society as an important contribution to the development and growth of all people within. I take it upon myself to continue to direct my thoughts into the proper channels for the betterment of humankind, for the benefit of all concerned. I carefully look at my accomplishments and think in terms of making them even more appropriate for the masses. In that manner the peoples of the world may, according to their own choosing, revel in the pleasure of living a full life based on the ideas that I generate from my own mind as a direct extension in me, as me, and through me, by the Creative Power of the Universe. I do not impose my ideas on anyone, and I am open to the opinions of others as long as I do not have to obey or disseminate such, if I do not believe in them. That is the true way for harmony and true spiritual enlightenment to advance as the ideas themselves propagate better material reality for everyone.

© Stephen F Kaufman 2017

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Introducing Homage for Miyamoto Musashi DVD

122 Original haiku, images, and score, celebrating The Book of Five RIngs.
Includes 19 minutes of haiku, images, music, and meditative joy.

A passionate and inspired exposition of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings. A work of great passion from Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman and naturalist photographer, Peggy A Thompson. With an original score, this 19 minute meditation contains the entire text of Homage for Miyamoto Musashi book.

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New Book Cover for The Sword in the Boardroom

Hanshi Wisdom Press is pleased to announce its new book cover for The Sword in the Boardroom.


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Hanshi Kaufman at the Gym

I gave myself a very special birthday gift. I work out three times weekly and focus on my physique and martial arts practice. Here are pictures of me doing a squat machine press of 630 lbs. I think I will try to hit 1000 in the next few months. Don’t ask my age; you probably wouldn’t believe it anyway. Since the 630 lift, I have gone on to do 750 lbs. How about that?

Ready, Set, Go!

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The Myth of Salvation and Redemption

“In light of today’s current events: significant religious controversies, terror attacks, etal, the question of sin and forgiveness is more relevant as society continues its downward spiral into oblivion that will seemingly culminate in a totalitarian form unless a new consciousness evolves. A new consciousness, not one with a goodie two-shoes mentality. My article was originally published in January, 2013.”
I have long pondered the ideas of redemption and salvation: sin and forgiveness. In spite of the vast amount of religious ideals and other faith-based ideologies, it is significantly rare that there has ever been a substantial and realistic result other than asking and begging forgiveness from the Almighty, who mercifully and automatically forgives regardless of personal perspective but, of course, with a price. When asking for a cleansing of my soul, I would anxiously await a form of pardon for the errors of my ways, which, when granted, would not curtail my immediate return to my sinning cycle all over again. Experience has shown me that redemption, salvation, sin and forgiveness is based on my own acceptance of announcing to myself that I am guilt free. Heaven forbid the concept of blind faith!

Pondering the many ideas of sin leads us to certain forms of uselessness and, in many more instances, a sense of hopelessness. We begin to think that we will never be able to overcome our evil inclinations. And that is exactly what religion strives to cultivate in our minds. As well, even without piety, a large populace still thinks that they only have to ask themselves for pardon, even to the extent of donning a hair shirt or some other form of self-deprecation and abasement. Guilt runs rampant when we determine for ourselves (or, for that matter, being caught in the act of a nefarious deed) that we must make a decision to rationalize the injustices we have meted out to others and getting to the point of honoring the actual deed by exclusion of ourselves as the guilty party.

The whole notion of sinning has a unique psychology to it, and it probably began when someone came up with rules and regulations for conduct in society. No doubt it was long before the Ten Commandments were prescribed by the Jewish Torah, which, incidentally, lists 613 specific sins that Jews must ask God’s forgiveness for. In general, no-nos have been in place throughout history, when different societies frowned upon certain behaviors that those in charge of that society considered uncool. To cover yourself with an antithetical illusion, try Zen, which does not acknowledge the idea of a God. Zen, too, is also its own game. And forget about karma, which is in itself a profound hype. Every orthodoxy is its own heresy.

Whenever the notion of a sin comes into play, it is almost immediately recognized as something that should not be done, assuming, of course, that we know of its violation of a societal rule and we are not dysfunctional. The problem becomes exacerbated when we try to figure out a way to do the dastardly deed without recrimination. The cycle become endless, and we will all probably end up in hell anyway, assuming there is such a thing. Ah, the joys of self-righteousness!

Considering all the horrors that mankind has suffered and perpetrated on each other through the ages, it seems to me that He would have gotten a message by this point in humanity’s plight that it is virtually impossible not to sin and that we, as mere mortals, cannot or should not be held to such heavenly standards regardless of His intention with the angels. That, along with our self-absorbing consternation that rains down on humanity because of devotion to an Absolute that is entirely without evidence. All of this eventually evolves into the encumbrance of living in guilt, with an untoward fear of offending the Divine Light.

Now, let me be abundantly clear. I believe there is a Creative Power of the Universe. For whatever reasons that I choose to harbor this belief, it is because I cannot accept the idea that all of “this” came out of nowhere. In my estimation there must be some sort of consciousness that started the whole thing off. At the same time, I insist in my own mind that I am directing this consciousness to manifest whatever it is that I desire in physical, mental, or spiritual form. It is essentially what I generally misconstrue in my own mind as my own mind. Nonetheless, I adjure that this “thing” that is, is as well “no-thing,” and I work within myself to alleviate It of Its own mental illness, brave soul that I am.

When it comes to running the show, I will readily admit that there are certain things that no matter how intensely I implore the Creative Power of the Universe, these “certain things” simply don’t come to be until I use the proper words in correct connection to my own particular reasons for being. I readily accept the blame for an absence of a specific manifestation due to my own inability to resolve into elements of a clear and concise sentence my demand in the proper words. Yes, words … coupled with desire on a conscious level for something. There are, however, some things that happen irrespective of my immediate desire and that can only be attributed to past inclinations that have produced current results.

Perhaps a quantum leap in consciousness will alleviate the torment. Maybe God should ask OUR forgiveness, or perhaps we should demand that It, He, or She beg forgiveness for the sins emanating from that source, which acts like a parent demanding subservience and absolute obedience while foisting a concept of enshrouding us in divine love.

Redemption and salvation can only come from within. Purging oneself of sin and guilt can only be divined by an individual who truly seeks to clear any obstacles from interfering with the pleasure of living a life of joy and freedom. Personal behavior is something that must be monitored to coexist within the constraints of the society that it is relevant to. I do not have to consider excuses to act in ways that will empower me to protect my tranquility.

© Stephen F. Kaufman 2013

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The Frozen Man Now Available as Softcover and eBook

Have you met your demons? Have you met your guardian angels? Have your nightmares ever kept you from waking up? Have you ever been afraid to fall asleep? Have you ever feared what can erupt from within you without your permission? Have you ever had disturbing and perverse thoughts you could not  control or make vanish? Don’t be surprised that you can … or you can’t. The Frozen Man is an adult, horror short story by Stephen F. Kaufman.

ISBN: 958-1546556565  Paper 140 pages  5 x 8
Hanshi Wisdom Press $7.95
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A Short Author Interview – Part 2

I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe Rojas, VP of Powerteam Intl. and Chief Visionary of RedSapiens media about my books and philosophy. He was amazed at the profundity of my teachings. Here is a small snippet for your illumination.

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A Short Author Interview – Part 1

I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe Rojas, VP of Powerteam Intl. and Chief Visionary of RedSapiens media about Self-Revealization Acceptance™. He was amazed at the profundity of my teaching. Here is a small snippet for your illumination.

For more info about the author, visit http://www.hanshi.com

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New Book Title Coming Soon


The Frozen Man – A Tale of Neo-Ancient Terror


Coming soon from Hanshi Wisdom Press.

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Enticing the Target to Accept Its Demise

Hanshi Kaufman on Enticing the Target to Accept Its Demise

The concept of enticing a target to accept your kill shot in mortal combat creates the scenario in which the ‘target,’ however defined, fulfills its own destiny by accepting an incoming attack for its demise as an aspect of its own reality and your definition. This idea is not as bizarre as one might initially think. The whole idea of an attack is to destroy the target, so named, and to do it with ease and grace. What follows is my philosophy toward the title of this article. First, some basic concepts.

Going into the Attack

Going into the attack is about commitment to what you are doing. It is a requirement that you understand the specifics of individual tactics, including proper form and technique. This is sound thinking, and with continued practice of your discipline, you will come to understand the reasoning behind it. Going into the attack is essential thinking for the accomplishment of any action, certainly in self-defense or any form of combat, where life or death may be uncertain. Though the idea of going into the attack may sound alien for any number of reasons, perhaps because of a natural reaction to flinch or to move away from certain forms of danger, it is nonetheless, essential. Proper attitudes of knowing when to do something and when not to do something, coupled with the attitude of going into the attack, takes some thought and practice: an acceptance of yourself as the most important person you know.

Attack the Attack, NOT the Attacker

Practice and reality is the same thing when you are sincere in your endeavor. To explain further, consider attacking the attack rather than attacking the attacker. Though this idea may seem strange at first, the reality is that you will be empowered to alleviate the fear of overwhelming circumstance by an attacker’s size, bravado, or weapon employed against you. This idea will become clearer as you progress in your training, and the sound thinking behind it will become apparent. Attack the attack and NOT the attacker with an intense desire to survive—or do not waste time and energy trying to defend yourself.

Attack / No-Attack

Learn the concept of attack / no-attack for use in all aspects of your life, without having to think about it. It simply means that you should be on your guard and prepared to act, without becoming paranoid, while at the same time remaining calm, regardless of a situation. Training to go into an attack and attacking the attack provides you with the ability act: knowing when and when not to do something. It is necessary to practice with this idea in mind, for the body to be able to act on the physical level, automatically, when it is necessary. In this manner always practice to hone your skills without spending countless hours in meditation; accept accomplishment of a goal as “already done,” and you will experience it as such. To develop the proper attitude of ‘already done,’ and to believe it, do not be nonchalant about the idea and expect it to be there when you want it without conscious training. Practice with the idea of making it permanent in your consciousness as a prerequisite to being competent. Note that the idea of “act” is used, and not “react.” To act in a situation is one projection; to react, is two. Think this through.

Respecting the Target

It is important to understand the necessity of seducing the target with instantaneous subtlety to bring it into compliance with your desire for its demise. You accomplish this aspect of the combat mentality with ease and grace by developing a desire to be victorious and not just having a desire to win, that with certainty, the enemy has as an attitude as well. Without using any cute, philosophical platitudes, it is essential that you be in complete communication with your true inner self and a solid visualization of your ideal of perfection. Be assured that this concept is not to be confused with “seeing” an enemy dead, or “wishing” an enemy dead. It is about “making” the enemy dead, and that is a completely different thing. This ability, developed over a period of time, is one that you must absolutely commit yourself to accomplishing. When a “target” encounters your approach, it, (not he, or she) succumbs to your incredible position of extending to it an invitation to let itself be destroyed. It will, out of respect for your intention. Think this through carefully. It is real, and it is functional, and it works according to the dictates of your higher consciousness: not a Buddha consciousness, not a high-minded consciousness, and certainly not the consciousness of presumptuous arrogance you observe when you look in a mirror.

© Stephen F. Kaufman 5/2017

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