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Leadership in Action: Issues and Observations - Making Meaning Through a Martial Art by Kevin Liu

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MOVING ZEN

I have had a number of roles at CCL, including trainer, researcher, and manager. Before coming to the Center I had a varied career in teaching, the ministry, and consulting in change management and personal transformation. My primary focus has been, and continues to be, on the factors that affect meaning at the individual and group levels.

Described as “moving Zen,” aikido is a contemporary martial art that speaks to the violence and uncertainty of our time. Its founder, Morihei Ueshiba, known as O'Sensei (Great Teacher) to his students, called it “the art of peace,” for it is a way to deal with aggression without violence. In Japanese, aikido means “the way of harmony with the force and principle of nature.” O'Sensei believed that ...

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