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I have followed David Shaner’s interesting work for a number of years. His approach to change is very unique and appealing. In his cartoon, Dilbert says “Change is good, you go first.” Change is easy to talk about but the deep change of culture in an organization is difficult. It takes time and real commitment. Dr. Shaner’s The Seven Arts of Change point out successful examples of change that are clear and convincing. Anyone in business or any organization can benefit by reading and using this thoughtful and interesting discussion of David Shaner’s techniques for real change.

—The Honorable Richard W. Riley, US Secretary of Education and former Governor of SC

I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Shaner for more than 20 years and experienced the organizational transformation that results from implementing the Seven Arts with Duracell and one other private company. The results were phenomenal in terms of value creation, employee development, board room awareness, and the daily drive to be the best. Our real success was in the sustainability of the changes! I would highly recommend the book and certainly Dr. Shaner's services to any organization that is in need of a dramatic shift in performance.

—Nevin Caldwell, Division President, PlayPower, Inc., former Senior VP, Manufacturing and Technical Operations, Duracell Batteries

I’ve seen, experienced, and been involved for a lifetime with organizational change at all levels of management, in both the military and civilian sectors, with a wide variety of outcomes. If the probability of successful change is to be maximized, I firmly believe that Dr. Shaner's premise of the necessity to change deeply and permanently the culture/spirit of an organization (or family) and every member within it, unquestionably nails down the problem; the process described in this book clearly and simply provides the means to achieve that success.

—Robert E. Gardner, Colonel, USAF (Retired)

I have worked with David Shaner over many years with Synthetic Industries and JW Aluminum. In both, following The Seven Arts of Change ensured our long term success. We not only significantly increased shareholder value, but also, we enhanced the quality of life for every member of our team. I will never again work at any company that will not embrace the approach and philosophy that David has developed and successfully implemented numerous times. Truly, this has, and will continue to be, the single largest driver of stakeholder value!

—Lee McCarter, CEO, JW Aluminum, former CFO, Synthetic Industries

This book, as a glimpse into Dr. Shaner’s person and philosophy, is an invaluable guide to producing the kind of lasting, positive transformation across entire organizations that David has achieved in his consulting assignments, and doing it in the right way. I know of no other person who has the ability and passion to make the kind of permanent, broad-based, positive impact on entire organizations as Dr. Shaner does. I highly recommend this book and the principles found within.

—Daniel Y. Han, Principal, Wellspring Capital Management LLC

Dr. Shaner’s book, The Seven Arts of Change, affirms the importance of spiritually connecting with stakeholders. This is not a “quick fix” book but rather a thought-provoking, enlightened recounting of a highly rewarding path to transformation. These lessons are applicable to all leaders that depend upon other’s work and passionate support to grow or transform their businesses. The Seven Arts provide a sustainable means to continually improve personal and organizational effectiveness beginning with one’s own heart and mind.

—Barry Chadwick, Ph.D, Vice President, Benjamin Moore & Co., former VP of R&D, Bic.

By following Dr. Shaner’s methodology, employees formerly thought of as the weakest link for sustained change now become proponents and champions for that very change. Dr. Shaner shows us that lasting, meaningful change does not come from switching processes, or reporting structures alone. For change to be sustained, the collective mind of the people involved must be respected and its formidable energy harnessed.

—Derek Buttiker, Simplicity Project Manager, GE Capital

The principles found in the The Seven Arts of Change have been instrumental in helping me lead my company to new business growth with clients such as Procter & Gamble, Abbott, Kellogg’s, Kimberly Clark, Disney, and Ogilvy & Mather. As an Aikido student of Dr. Shaner’s for over 20 years, I’ve consistently witnessed the power of the Seven Arts and their ability to be applied to all levels of personal and professional development. If you’re looking for meaningful and lasting change in any part of your life, start here. These principles are universal and Dr. Shaner brings them to life like no other.

—Rich Fryling, VP, Business Development, Screendragon, former VP, Grey Advertising Worldwide

I have spent a lifetime mentoring executives and senior management that have gone on to run major corporations in a variety of industries including Pepsico, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, The Limited, and Rent-A-Center. David Shaner is one of my pupils and I believe his proven approach to change management and peak performance will enable any organization to meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing business environment.

—Jack Goldsmith, Co-Founder MARC Advertising

This is a terrific read. I found myself transported back fifteen years to when David and I first began working together. At the time, I didn’t understand the spirituality connectivity that is so obvious after reading the book. I have worked with many consultants over the years and David is the only one that I have asked to come back when I joined a new company—and, more importantly to me, with whom I have remained friends over the long haul.

—Terry Copeland, President and CEO, Altairnano, Inc., former Duracell Plant Mgr. and Director of Product Development

I have worked with Dr. Shaner for over 20 years; at Duracell, Gillette, Owens Corning Composites and Synthetic Industries. Using the Seven Arts, we were able to sustain dramatic performance improvements in service, cost, safety and productivity. Leading Change means delivering value; it means developing a clear line of site between yourself and your internal and external customers. Today, I continue to live by the Seven Arts in my current position as Senior VP, Global Operations, SVP Worldwide (Singer, Viking, Pfaff Sewing Machines).

—Rick Kerrigan, Senior VP, Global Operations, SVP Worldwide, former Manager of Supply Chain & Logistics at Duracell, Gillette, Owens Corning Composites, Synthetic Industries, and Formica.

I am a convinced follower of the Seven Arts. Be aware that the approach is different from the traditional comfort zones most leaders like to stay in...difficult organizational change and transformation involves more than strategy, tactics, and measurements. This book details the critical phases of individual and team changes that make transformation lasting. Any leader can ramble about creating change, but only those that truly embrace both the physical and spiritual attributes of leading people through transformation succeed in having the change endure.

—John V “Jack” Rice PhD, Senior VP, W.I.N.G.S. Inc., former Director of Training & Development, Frito-Lay and VP General Manager, Pet Foods

David Shaner is a brilliant teacher and charismatic motivator. 20+ years ago I was a struggling music major and I started training with him in the principles of the Seven Arts. In a very short time my abilities dramatically improved and I won many regional and national competitions. For the last eighteen years I have remained at the Met as a Principal Soloist. The Seven Arts of Change influenced my life deeply, in fact my career “took off” and I discovered for myself the benefits of true mind and body coordination. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in improving their performance and thus actualizing their true potential.

—Tony Stevenson, Principal Soloist, Metropolitan Opera, international opera performer

Dr. David Shaner is my long time friend since I worked in South Carolina in the early 90s. His knowledge and understanding of Japanese philosophy and culture are profound. In particular, his unique training in Aikido, has led him to see the importance of the spiritual aspects within successful business. This book emphasizes the deep spiritual aspects of long term, successful organizational development and change. Certainly this is a most interesting book for managers, in developed or developing countries and in the East or the West, wanting to lead their organizations through successful change.

—Akio Urakami, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, ETG Ltd., former Chairman and CEO, Ryobi NA, Inc.

I studied philosophy and aikido with Dr. Shaner over 20 years ago and found his performance improvement methods so compelling and useful that I joined Shaner & Associates after graduation. I can personally attest to the effectiveness of the Seven Arts in large Fortune 500 corporate environments. I helped implement the successful PRIDE Initiative at Duracell Batteries under the direction of President and CEO Robert Kidder. I’ve also used these principles successfully with Datastream Systems, Wonderware Corporation, Invensys PLC, DoveBid, Inc., Cognos Corporation, IBM Corporation and SuccessFactors, Inc.

—Greg Gardner, SuccessFactors, Inc.

Corporate America and academia are fortunate to have someone like David Shaner dedicated to human excellence. David has a unique way of using his background and life experiences to provide insights and approaches to leadership that can make us better in and out of the workplace. As someone with decades of experience in human resources in a large corporation, I appreciate the practical yet profound wisdom his Seven Arts of Change offer. I highly recommend this read.

—James E. Eubanks, Human Resources Executive, Global Card Services, Bank of America

The book The Seven Arts of Change by Dr. David Shaner provides great guidance for all management. Dr. Shaner demonstrates the importance of the spiritual aspects related to making change management sustainable under ever changing business conditions. This book clearly demonstrates that successful change management heavily depends upon every individual’s true ownership of the change management process where each person is motivated through genuine compassion and active involvement. Our international company can be an excellent company by implementing The Seven Arts of Change.

—H.Harry Watanabe Former President, Fujifilm Manufacturing USA, Inc.

I have developed and studied growth strategies in business for over 25 years and have often noted the lack of the spiritual side in business. Shaner-sensei gives us a framework for addressing this critical component for all aspects of life in his book. It is one that works! His skill at executing seemingly impossible projects and dramatic changes were displayed fully. I believed many of his projects would fail... Shaner-sensei proved me wrong each time by applying the framework of the Seven Arts.

—J. Michael Harley, Founder, GrowthPhases Alliance, former Chief Development Officer & Strategist, Schneider Electric North America

If you want to understand how The Seven Arts of Change can help you and your organization live a healthier, more prosperous life, then read this book. And then, practice the teachings daily, and encourage your employees to do the same. David lives what he is talking about. He eats, sleeps and breaths it. I know this because I have skied with him, worked with him, taught Aikido with him, laughed with him, and watched him never stop growing and learning.

—Thomas Crum, Author Three Deep Breaths, Journey to Center, and The Magic of Conflict; and Founder and President, Aiki Works Inc.

While leading the deal team that acquired Polaroid Corporation for One Equity Partners, the private equity fund of JP Morgan Chase, I applied the principles of the Seven Arts of Change to difficult negotiations. As a result, we won the day. As we moved forward with the NEW Polaroid, we confirmed that profits and spiritual/cultural change can coexist and result in greater success. FINALLY (and fortunately for us all), Dr. Shaner has memorialized these intuitive actions into a concise method of study and a readable functioning guide, indeed a management breakthrough!

—Charles F Auster, Managing Partner, Auster Capital Partners

Almost immediately, David’s efforts began to produce real results on both the shop floor and among the executive team: a willingness to embrace change, an intense desire for better performance, new found confidence in the organization, and a mental and emotional alignment with the operational and financial goals of the company. These changes on a personal level among the employee base translated to actions, which ultimately translated to significant growth in the company’s earnings. The new spirit of the company was palpable, the cash flow was real, I was impressed. David was clearly the real deal.

—Daniel Y. Han, Principal, Wellspring Capital Management LLC

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