A Personal & Professional Development Program,
custom designed and conducted to meet the needs
of your people and your organization.

For information about tailoring this workshop for your
organization please call
Adaptive Learning Design at:




Program Description

This one-day workshop, designed for and delivered within your organization, offers leaders an opportunity to explore ways of acting with increasing balance, grace, and effectiveness in everyday situations of conflict or stress. Guided by principles of movement, harmony, and connecteness from Aikido, the martial art of peace, participants will sharpen their practical skills for communicating, dealing with conflict, and for cultivating a solidly grounded way of being present, even in chaotic situations.

Through a combination of facilitated dialogue and safe, non-strenuous solo and paired exercises based on Aikido movements, participants will physically experience moving through conflict with others in ways that neither resist it, escalate it, nor give in to it.

In order to put new knowledge to use in the workplace, ways of speaking, listening, and relating to others will be explored that mirror the physical Aikido movements.

Participants will be encouraged to identify and experiment with the kinds of real-world situations they find especially difficult. Through re-enacting these situations using physical Aikido movements, and their analogous communication tools, participants may open doors to new ways of reducing stress and enhancing leadership effectiveness.

Because of the focus on movement in this workshop, participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. Additionally, participants may elect to bring a cushion for added comfort when sitting on the dojo mat.

This workshop also can be designed and delivered as a one-half day program featuring the essential components of physical learning for enhanced leadership effectiveness.


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Promises of the workshop:

As a whole-hearted participant in this workshop you will increase your ability to:

Create for yourself a more powerful identity as a leader

Notice your physical symptoms of becoming off balance in situations

Find your natural center, and practice regaining it when you are drawn "off center"

Listen to the needs of others while not losing touch with your own

Shift difficult conversations toward productive inquiry and dialogue


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Who Should Attend:

Senior executives, entrepreneurs, change agents, strategic planners, marketeers, human resources, training, and organizational development professionals, and consultants who:

Are responsible for initiatives in which people will be required to work effectively under increasing stress;

Want to strengthen their capacity for calm, centered leadership in ways that also help others do so;

Wish to deal with conflict in a more effective, strategic, and collaborative way.

Workshop Leader:

Jeff Dooley, MS has developed this workshop to help individuals apply principles of inner mastery to the leadership challenges they face at work and in everyday life.

Jeff is a management consultant and educator in private industry and government. His major focus is in helping organizations to design and manage large-scale change initiatives in ways that integrate the skills and tools of systems thinking and inner mastery. He is a former instructor at University of California Santa Cruz Extension, and he has conducted systems seminars at Harvard University. He has been a student and practitioner of martial arts for over two decades, and he holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) in Aikido.

Jeff has recently co-authored the article, "Aikido for Change Leaders" in The Dance of Change by Peter Senge.


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 Arts and principles this workshop draws upon:

This workshop draws upon long-established principles of the martial and contemplative arts. Specifically, it is based on a teaching of the martial arts that by locating our awareness within our bodies, we can gather and use powerful knowledge inaccessible to our thinking minds alone.

Many of the exercises are based upon principles of the martial art of Aikido. In Aikido one uses balance, leverage, timing, and movement to achieve power without useing force. These principles have become increasingly prominent in leadership development at organizations, universities, and governments around the world.

Additional techniques of breathing, centering, and grounding are drawn form the Taoist energy arts of T'ai Chi and Chi gung.

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How to bring this workshop into your organization:

Please call, fax, or email Jeff to learn more about this workshop and how it may be tailored to the needs of your people and your organization.

Jeff Dooley
Adaptive Learning Design
707-762-1460 voice
707-762-1429 fax


One-day on-site workshop.........................$1,600 plus expenses

One-half day on-site workshop..................$1,200 plus expenses

Adaptive Learning Design

Petaluma, California

707-762-1460 voc
707-762-1429 fax

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