I begin by acknowledging my first and most significant mentor in the joyful work of bringing aikido to a wide audience—Thomas Crum, and his Aiki Approach. Tom lives his words in all that he does. His pivotal book The Magic of Conflict and the many that followed are among the earliest guides for those, like me, who sought to live aikido principles off the mat. He travels a path with heart, giving freely of himself and his work. A deep bow to you, dear friend and sensei. Words can't fully acknowledge the gift of your ki in the world.

Sheila Heen's writing, training, and insight hold a similar place in my heart. Many of the concepts in this book I first encountered reading Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most, ...

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