New book by Ki Aikido Instructor and Consultant: “Seven Arts of Change,” by David Shaner

“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 everyone becomes 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, Ryobi, and Gillette—the problem is that the implemented 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 30-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 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.”

“The Seven Arts of Change”
Author Biography


  1. I recommend this book for all those who see the possibility for expressing the essence of Aiki in all of life. As I have worked on Shaner Sensei’s web site (davidshaner.com) and many drafts of his book, I have come to a deep appreciation of how Tohei Sensei’s Four Basic Principles for Unifying Mind and Body (…and becoming one with the Universe) and the Five Principles for Leading Others express through all of the work described in Shaner Sensei’s Seven Arts.

    When one authentically practices the spirit on non-dissension in one’s aikido training, and then embodies that spirit, extending one’s practice to all moments of life (shugyo), then results like those reported in the book become clear and part of the natural expression of a unified and engaged bodymind. Not that it is easy… But it can be just a higher level of harmonious randori.

    It is a wonderful development that the spirit of Aiki can further express in the workplace, can be engendered in people who do not ever get on a mat, and can lead change toward a reclamation of work-life in the USA.

    Those already bringing Aiki to the workplace and to their communities will feel a deep resonance and recognition when reading the book. Their efforts will be clarified, empowered and validated. Those interested in how to begin bringing Aiki to their endeavors will be inspired and supported by the guidance of the Seven Arts.

    As we all know, aikido is so much more than throwing people, than collecting more and more techniques, even more than a practice to become a better person. When we move with life, with a unified heart, embodying the spirit of non-dissension, amazing moments arise.

    May we all be so graced.

  2. Clark Bateman says:

    I am SO glad to learn that Shaner Sensei has produced this book. He is a dynamic and most learned teacher, and one of those few who have been so fortunate as to train directly with Tohei Sensei for some 40 years. I am itching to get a read of this work, and when I do, I will put a review up here. Heartiest congratulations, Sensei!

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