Ahh…Yes!  Blooming with Zooming!

Ahh…Yes! Blooming with Zooming!

Zoom fatigue has quickly become a 2020 mantra. But, just like any communication medium Zoom has the capacity to deplete us OR energize us.  I’ve been experimenting with different methods of engagement in Zoom meetings, noticing that my message actually blooms with...

Master Conflict. Be More Free. Free Video Conversation

Master Conflict. Be More Free. The most Googled term associated with conflict is “management.” Don’t do it! Managing conflict can be almost as unproductive as ignoring it. Surprised? Learn more: To give you a small taste of the Conflict and Change aspect of the Spiral...

Proper Distance – Lessons from Swords to Trigonometry

Proper Distance – Lessons from Swords to Trigonometry

As our world continues to change I hope you are well!  Here is what I’ve been thinking about…. The initial distance between people often determines the outcome of a martial arts interaction. In Aikido, we call it “proper distance” or “ma-ai.” Proper distance feels...

Fighting for Civility?  FIve Things To Do Instead.

Fighting for Civility? FIve Things To Do Instead.

Ever try to have a civil conversation with a person that has a different point of view and it turns into an argument or uglier? Do you know people you'd like to connect with around sensitive topics but you're not sure quite how? Please Join Me, Karen Valencic...

Ahh…Yes!  The Best and Only Assumption to Make

Ahh…Yes! The Best and Only Assumption to Make

The best and only assumption you can make is: You don’t really understand other people, even if you think you know them well.   This applies to other races, cultures, genders, and big time to the people closest to you.  Any other assumption you make is likely...

Ahhh…Yes!  What Controls You?

Ahhh…Yes! What Controls You?

“Please control me,” said no one, ever.  Major disruption magnifies the feeling of being controlled, as it seems the outer world also wants to control, or consume, us.  Anything that has been an annoyance in ‘normal’ times is amplified.   Can you relate to any of...

Puzzle Pieces Everywhere!

Puzzle Pieces Everywhere!

I hope you and loved ones are well. Here is what's on my mind lately...   Imagine: puzzle pieces falling everywhere when a jigsaw puzzle is thrown into the air. That is an image that comes to my mind when major disruption happens. Pieces get lost. Past efforts...

Spirals are powerful – direct yours

Spirals are powerful – direct yours

Uncertainty and volatility trigger me to deepen my practice of Spiral Impact concepts rather than succumb to fear and anxiety. Spirals are incredibly powerful. When external forces push me to spiral down or out of control, I practice the keys of Spiral Impact, which...

Ahh-Yes!  Too Many Stories, Oh My…

Ahh-Yes! Too Many Stories, Oh My…

When I was young, I dreamt of being a singer. However, I told myself a story for years that when I sang, people left the room to escape my squeaky voice. Discouraged, I chose a very different path of study, engineering. I eventually found my voice of expression...

Ahh…Yes!  Did you see this through the noise?

Ahh…Yes! Did you see this through the noise?

What I've been thinking about lately… Simone Biles' recent unparalleled performance in gymnastics caused me great pause, how she balances on a narrow beam, flips multiple times in the air, glides from high to low bars, and jumps with style over a horse then…lands on...

Ahh….Yes!  Turning a hot mess to a cool breeze

Ahh….Yes! Turning a hot mess to a cool breeze

“Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them”, is attributed to Einstein over 75 years ago. This still holds true, particularly in challenging communications. Many people address conflict at the level it was created by rehashing and building...

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Karen Valencic

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