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Anita Paalvast

Anita is a trainer, coach and consultant in change processes. She supports managers and teams with increasing their effectiveness in communication, leadership and cooperation.

She is passionate about letting people discover and mobilize their inner power via their physical intelligence, a dimension that is rapidly growing in the area of behaviour and culture change in organisations.

Anita is convinced that people are more than walking heads with knowledge. Working successfully and successful leadership is a way of being. By integrating head (ratio), heart (emotions) and guts (intuition) in our working life, lasting change becomes possible. This allows you to meet the challenges of our time in a practical and constructive way.

Education and professional background

Anita is a practitioner of the Japanese martial art Aikido since 1992. She is one of the few women in The Netherlands with a fourth degree black belt. She has regularly attended seminars and trainings on the edge of Aikido, personal development and leadership (a.o. level 1&2 and retreat Conscious Embodiment of Wendy Palmer – 2009/2014 and the Embodied Leadership programme of the Strozzi Institute – 2012). In 2011 she completed the Newfield Certified Coach Training Programme.

Anita has studied economy and languages (section Economisch Linguïstisch, HES Rotterdam – 1992) and did a post graduate in business psychology in French (University François Rabelais, Tours, France – 1994). After working for the export department of Vetus den Ouden, a wholesaler in boat equipment (1995-1999), she had an international career at ABN AMRO bank as operational risk manager (1999-2008). She performed risk assessments at all levels of the organisation in different countries, from New York to Tokyo. She became a vice-president and headed up a team of risk managers as member of the Management Team of Operational Risk Europe.

In 2009 Anita established herself as a sole entrepreneur, combining her experience in the business world with her year-long training and experience on the Aikido mat. Her passion and vision are based on her firm belief that the universal principles and the philosophy behind Aikido are very useful for organisational contexts. Her style is subtle and powerful.

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