Suzane presents Embodied Resilience at IHMC, Seattle

The International Humanistic Management Conference happens in Seattle Oct. 24-26, 2017. Suzane Van Amburgh presents Embodied Resilience on Tuesday of the conference and joins the panel discussion along with Bill Hefferman, Mark R. Jones, Daniel Cords, Iyoti Bachani and Margo Rose.Building resilience ihmc seattle 2017

Embodied Resilience | Suzane Van Amburgh

Presentation description:

Can you recall an interpersonal encounter when you felt resistance arise in yourself or the person you were engaged with? The psychological response of resistance finds expression in the body as well. Common responses include a tightening of the jaw, stiffening in the torso or a shallow breathing pattern. These physical responses render us more rigid and prone to disruption of balance.

A supple stance, both mentally and physically, allows us to move and adapt to the changing environment. The interpersonal “encounter” may include both verbal and physical exchange. In describing a conversation we often borrow terms from the martial encounter. For example: “she really set him back on his heels” or “his comment hit me like a sucker punch” or “you’ve got to roll with the punches.” For those of us practicing a martial art, the physical encounter is much like a conversation played out in movement. In ether case, we navigate the encounter more gracefully when we have confidence in our own resilience.

The non-competitive martial art of aikido affords us the opportunity to physicalize the knotty nuances of communication and leadership in a safe laboratory of embodied resilience practice. Layer the activities with somatic awareness and the relevancy to our workplace encounters springs to life. Prepare to think, move and sense, as we explore a treasure trove of embodied learning activities that cultivate resilience, adaptability and suppleness in our encounters with other people.



Did you know? The Humanistic Management conference is happening in Seattle Oct. 24-26, 2017. The theme is Building Resilience in a Changing World.  I will be presenting Embodied Resilience on Tuesday of the conference Oct. 24.  If you are interested in attending, register as a member of the network and note in the comments that you are a friend of mine and you will get $150 off the registration fee.

The location is the Motif hotel in Seattle. Details at:

The list of speakers for this conference is impressive and it’s the debut conference for the Humanistic Management Association (which grew out of the Humanistic Management Network). Together we can change the business of business to be more humanistic, more inclusive and more collaborative.

I hope you will join us!

~ Suzane Van Amburgh


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