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Many businesses try to change, but few succeed. At best, a few buzzwords and new reports become part of the company's structure. At worst, programs crash and burn, and the members of the organization become irreparably disillusioned with the revolving door of new-mission statements. According to David Shaner-a business consultant with a 100% success rate of change at companies including Duracell, Frito-Lay, Caesars Palace and Gillette-the problem is that those changes don't address either individuals or the corporate culture. They're only on the surface. Combining lessons drawn from four decades of Aikido with knowledge gleaned from his 20-year consulting career, Shaner merges Eastern philosophy with Western business savvy to present his Seven Arts of Change (including the Arts of Preparation, Relaxation, and Compassion), showing how individual adjustments-from the CEO down-can transform a company. Using exercises, strategies, and real-life examples to show how to awaken the untapped potential in any organization and every person within it, Shaner shows how to create change built to last.
David Shaner holds an endowed chair as Herring Professor of Asian Studies and Philosophy at Furman University. He is also an internationally renowned teacher of Ki-Aikido and holds a Seventh Degree Black Belt. Shaner has taught at Harvard University, was a member of the Olympic Valley USA Ski Team, and has served as a Fulbright Fellow in India.