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Among the most effective, integrated and interactive leadership and team building training available for organizations today…

Derek Bindner, 6th Dan, CEO, Leadership Trainer/ Speaker

Training and presentations from 30 minutes to full day immersion retreats.

It is a well-established fact that when employees, managers and leaders feel calm, centered, energized, powerful and respected, the environment in which they function is positively charged and optimized for success. Productivity, performance and efficiency levels can rise dramatically, and absenteeism and staff turnover significantly reduced.

Would you like to provide a useful and lasting learning experience for your organization or team? Begin with these programs designed to meet a range of workplace challenges. The titles and objectives will give you an idea of what to expect based on the subject.

We will meet with you to create a program that’s specific to you and your group’s needs.

How does this type of training benefit the employer?

These interactive training workshops translate into effective resource management, unleashing the employees’ hidden potential to deal with today’s aggressive environment. As a result, statistics prove that stress-related absenteeism and staff turnover is reduced. Therefore, morale is raised, and more emphasis is put on workplace positivity, creating a better sense of employee loyalty to the company.

We teach staff, managers, and leaders how to develop truly effective conflict navigation skills, the dynamics of positive/cooperative relationships and masterful leadership abilities. Participants will grow as individuals, and your organization will prosper as a direct result of their enhanced personal confidence, the application of newly learned, practical skills and a heightened general awareness. Tangible benefits for both parties are assured – a win/win endeavor!

Here are our offerings, depending on your needs…

Embodied Resilience: Cultivating Harmony in Company Culture

Is your organization enduring challenging times? Whenever facing tough times adapting to change, the natural instinct is to retreat. Experience real and instant results, and lasting change using these strategies for overcoming fear, change, worry, anxiety, self-doubt, and self-limiting beliefs. This workshop is available in small or large groups, and individual settings.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Work through change and remain resilient
  2. Meet adversity with a cultivated sense of well-being
  3. Improve performance through the mind-body connection
  4. Change their “state” for peak performance
  5. Maintain composure in difficult situations
  6. Co-create with other employees

The Upside of Conflict: Changing Perspectives

The perception that conflict equals contest, struggle, and stress has a profound impact on how it is managed by individuals and organizations. This workshop will help you find new ways to deal with conflict effectively and utilize its energy. Emphasis is on appreciation, understanding and working with your “PARTNER” instead of against an “OPPONENT”. You will examine beliefs about conflict that hold you back, practice skills such as centering, listening, and managing emotions, and strengthen your ability to make new choices. This workshop is about managing self in stress, fear, and conflict by changing your viewpoint, and influencing others.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Prepare for any type of conflict
  2. Implement the Unbeatable vs Win strategy
  3. Recognize, and navigate the 3 shapes of conflict
  4. Make communicating effortless and powerful
  5. Create harmonious win/win relationships
  6. Create a state of centeredness in conflict
  7. Turn conflict into productive energy

Leadership in Action: Adventure-Based Immersion Training

This program is for those who like to immerse themselves in a kinesthetic experience. You will go to a martial arts”dojo” (place of practice), put on a gi (uniform), and learn how to blend with an attack – both physical and verbal – and practice applying aikido principles to everyday workplace conflicts. Purpose: To provide an “out-of-the-box” training experience for overcoming fear, self-doubt and insecurity. This program is available in small and medium group, and individual settings.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Function “in the moment” of chaos
  2. Work through adversity and be resilient
  3. Make better decisions in the face of fear
  4. Change their “state” for peak performance
  5. Overcome obstacles with grace and power
  6. Turn indecision into immediate action
  7. Co-create with other tribe members

Corporate Retreat: A Life Altering Experience

Unmanaged stress and unresolved conflict has reached epidemic proportions in society today. This retreat will relax and energize individuals, while offering fresh new ways to manage aggressive environments and situations. This involves bringing the mind and body together, using simple and powerful kinesthetic exercises and techniques from the gentle martial art of Aikido (the way of harmony with energy). Learn how to “flow with” your “partner”, rather than “work against” your “opponent”, in a relaxed, centered state.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Create a state of centeredness in everyday life
  2. Make life more powerful
  3. Turn stress into productive energy
  4. Create harmonious relationships
  5. Explore their authenticity

Customized training workshops may be commissioned upon request. Duration times for the current workshops may be shortened or extended as required.

For more information, or to book your training or presentation, call 519-660-0992 or email

Our clients include:

LaRose Psychology, 3M, Mac Outpost, TD Canada Trust, Cooperators Insurance, Montreal and London Police Services, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Huron, Brescia, Lambton, and Fanshawe Colleges, The Thames Valley District School Board, the London District Catholic School Board, Waterloo Region District School Board, Investing in Children, the London Public Library, Children’s Aid Society, Cartier Partners Financial Group, CultureWorks Inc., London Protection International, Event Security Investigation Specialists,  and the Optimist clubs of Byron and Hyde Park.

What Clients are saying…

Derek Bindner visited my class to speak about the relationship between mind and body. My students had been reading about aikido and doing basic exercises as part of the course requirements, but Derek’s seminar really brought ideas about harmony, centre, and peak performance to life. Students were unanimous in their praise for the effectiveness and inventiveness of the seminar. Some students even said that Derek’s seminar should be required for all university students to help them rise above stress to find success!

Dr. John Corr, Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of English & Film Studies & Contemporary Studies

This week we were fortunate enough to have Professor Derek Bindner come and enlighten us on his more modern methods of aikido. I found him to be a natural speaker and his humour helped break the ice and make us more comfortable. He again emphasized the idea of aikido being about finding and balancing harmony in life, and that aikido isn’t about self-defense but about manipulating energy. I found his more modern take to be more useful. He was able to help us use aikido in a more realistic way, through breathing, help us find our centre and helping us to reach our peak performance. He gave concrete examples of when it helped him in everyday situations. When he feels frustrated with his daughter’s behaviour, finding his centre immediately puts him more at ease.

Wilfrid Laurier University, Seminar attendee

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