Karen Valencic-Best selling author and speaker

 

Karen’s sessions are memorable - uniquely grounded in martial arts and physics!  Three decades of experience developing high-performing teams informs her content. An artistic and action flare is added by 30 years of Aikido practice, a martial art in which she holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt.  The practicality of her content comes from her tenure as a degreed mechanical engineer. She is the founder and president of Spiral Impact, a performance improvement company.  Her new best seller is The Black Belt Edition: Spiral Impact: The Power to Get It Done with Grace.

Karen’s speaking experience over 25+years includes a wide diversity of audiences including numerous SHRM groups, ATD (Association of Talent Development) groups, LillyX, Medical Group Management National and Chapters, Women Heart, United Way Regional, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership International Conference, American College of Healthcare Executives Congress, Animal Welfare National Conference, Healthcare BusinessWomen Association, Indiana University Health Executive Board and numerous healthcare teams.  Karen has also worked deeply in organizations developing high performing teams.  Her method is third party validated showing her engagement moved 11 of 12 poor performing teams to the highest level.

 

Karen is formally adjunct faculty at Butler University, Greenleaf Servant Leadership, and Indiana University Health.  She served as the VP of Mentoring on the Board of HealthCare BusinessWomen where she developed and launched a mentoring program for three years.  She also served six years on the Central Indiana American Society of Training and Development.  Other board involvement includes Spotlight on Nursing and The Holliday Park Foundation.  In Karen’s personal time she was a Girl Scout leader for 12 years and a trained hospice volunteer.  

Meet Karen

Most Requested Programs:

 

Mastering the Art of Conflict 

Conflict is the spark that lights the fire of innovation. However, the flames or the smoldering embers of conflict can also destroy trust and vitality that are essential to bringing out the best in people to create high performing teams and successful relationships.  In this interactive program Karen Valencic will blend concepts from physics and the martial arts to demonstrate five simple keys to master the art of conflict. Participants will leave with tools and ideas they can use immediately.

Take aways include how to:

  • Embrace conflict as a natural part of life and develop skills to master it

  • Create collaborative relationships

  • Stay calm and maintain perspective in intense situations

 

Power with Grace or The Power to Get It Done with Grace

As the world rapidly changes, agility and resilience are essential survival skills.  While we can’t control the world around us, we can change how we move through it, how we interact with others, and who we become in the process. This hinges on our ability to bring forth our true power which requires a calm center, clear intent, and authentic inquiry – moving with situations instead of against them to create easy, honorable momentum.  In this interactive program Karen Valencic will blend concepts from physics and the martial arts to demonstrate five simple keys to bring forth your true power. Participants will leave with tools and ideas they can use immediately.

 

Take aways include how to:

  • Increase adaptability to change with agility and resilience

  • Create collaborative relationships, bringing out the best in others

  • Stay calm and maintain perspective under pressure 

 

Momentum at the Intersection of Change, Conflict, and Innovation (Or, Innovation at the Intersection of Change and Conflict)

Change, conflict, and innovation are inseparable like three very close cousins.  This is tricky since many people want innovation, avoid conflict, and resent change, which often triggers more conflict!  Understanding this triumvirate opens the door to free up momentum and foresee ways to optimize outcomes. 

 

In this interactive program Karen Valencic will blend concepts from physics and the martial arts to demonstrate five simple keys to shift destructive conflict to innovative

results. Participants will leave with tools and ideas they can use immediately.

 

Take aways, include: 

  • Master conflict to bring forth the best innovative solutions

  • Optimize collaboration and buy-in for change

  • Reduce anxiety, resistance, and overwhelm during times of change and conflict

 

The Science of Influence  

Can you push something toward you? No! Pushing is away. Why keep on pushing to make things happen or convince someone to take your position? Pushing points of view creates more resistance and ‘dug in’ positions.  Instead, use physics and learn to harness the power of a spiral and watch the magic happen! In this interactive program Karen Valencic will blend concepts from physics and the martial arts to demonstrate five simple keys to remove resistance and increase connection. Participants will leave with tools and ideas they can use immediately.

  • Minimize resistance when differences are great

  • Increase confidence and ease of personal presence

  • Create authentic relationships

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