Ahh – Yes!  Five ways we unwittingly create resistance

Ahh – Yes! Five ways we unwittingly create resistance

I throw a punch at my opponent; suddenly I am on the ground, immediately I spiral up to my feet to go for it again. After 27 years of Aikido practice it still sometimes surprises me how a group of people, many over 40, can pummel each other, do literal rolls in the...

Ahh…Yes!  How Agree-ers Harm Innovation

Ahh…Yes! How Agree-ers Harm Innovation

I was invited to serve on a Board of Advisors several years ago. After the second meeting, the president shared with me that my participation was causing him to rethink the name of the board.  I had taken my role as advisor seriously and thought he really wanted...

Mary Barra – power with grace

Mary Barra exemplifies power with grace from my vantage point. She is on my list of people I'd love to have coffee and chat! Today was close, I had a 60 second exchange with her prior to her speaking at the Economic Club in Indy. She is my version of a hero. Our...

Ahh – Yes!  Rethinking Confrontation

Ahh – Yes! Rethinking Confrontation

An exasperated client texted me, “I am going to have to confront a key employee.” Knowing the two of them, I recognized this had the potential to end badly; I also knew they both have the skills to move through this with great ideas and understanding. I believe there...

Book Review – Humble Inquiry By Edgar Schein

When a choice is between you or me, look for way to explore us, the relationship itself. Asking questions is an important part of my Spiral Impact® methodology. I found Schein spirals in and elaborates about questions in deep ways. He points out that we live in a...

Who Carries the Weight?

Who Carries the Weight?

Strength and talent grow with the weight of responsibility just like holding this heavy rock. What happens when you take on the weight of another’s responsibility or things not aligned with your intent? As I work with leaders and teams, this is an important and easy...

Book Review – Mastery by George Leonard

“Mastery is not perfection, but rather a journey and the true master must be willing to try and fail and try again.” George Leonard Thirty years on my bookshelf have caused the pages to yellow a bit, but the message for the most part still shines brightly for me. I...

Mandela, MLK, and Aikido

Mandela, MLK, and Aikido

It is the path that intrigues me. Three men known by "M" names - Martin Luther King, Jr., Mandela and Morihei - shared a parallel path. The lesser-known Morihei Ueshiba, is the founder of the martial art Aikido in which Spiral Impact is grounded. All three of these...

Ahh – Yes!  Holiday Magic

Ahh – Yes! Holiday Magic

'Imagination is the True Magic Carpet.' Norman Vincent Peale Wishing you a holiday filled with magic and dreams come true.... Whether you gather with friends and family, or spend  time alone this holiday season, create some magic by sparking your imagination.  Here...

Raising Value

What is the simplest way to raise value? Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash Her posture instantly straightened and she smiled when she heard the words, "I admire how you took charge and handled all those details." She was doing her job; I didn't have to say anything....

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Karen Valencic

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