Strategies for Acceleration and Reinvention

Ion is a strategic advisor to individuals and organizations, where he helps both employees and executives accelerate their development, reinvent themselves periodically and transform their errors into magnificent mistakes.
I help individuals and organizations accelerate their learning curve by capturing the wisdom from best practices, past experience and especially a proven and innovative system to learn from mistakes.
I also help individuals and organizations reinvent themselves in response to changing personal, social, economic or technological circumstances.
Ion Valis

Is President of Portfolio IV Media and Consulting, a strategic advice firm with clients in North America and Europe. He has a unique combination of entrepreneurial and executive experience in both the public and private sectors. Ion has worked as a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, helped launch and run a ground-breaking international mobile media initiative at a Fortune Global 50 company in London, served as a senior executive in a fast-growing technology start-up in Montreal, and for the past 6 years has run his own consulting practice.

Drawing on his two decades of experience managing people, projects, brands and budgets, as well as leading-edge thinking on peak performance from around the world, Ion has created an innovative personal leadership program and strategic framework that is described in his first book, "The Magnificent Mistake: How You Can Earn More from Failure Than You Learn from Success."


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  • Ion was invaluable in deftly guiding us in the "reinvention" of our foundation. The foundation leadership was so impressed with Ion’s performance and professionalism that he was then asked to join the Board of Directors, where his communication, organizational and analytical skills combined with world-class experience continue to make an outstanding contribution.
    Désirée McGraw,
    President, Pearson College UWC
  • A powerful and practical guide to learning from your mistakes. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a very well written and pragmatic methodology to learn from mistakes we all make in our roles as parents, workers and friends. A great read!
    Arne Arens,
    Global Brand President, The North Face ®
  • Ion has managed to capture, in a succinct and universally applicable framework, how we can learn from and master our own mistakes. His simple yet effective checklist will help you to use your mistakes - big or small - to grow and improve in a conscious and deliberate way.
    Mike Ross,
    Founder, Juniper Strategic Advisors
  • Whether you're the head of a Fortune 500 company or the head of your family, the lessons in Ion's book will help you make the most of your miscues and transform them into magnificent mistakes.
    David Dreier,
    Chairman, Annenberg-Dreier Commission and US Congressman from California from 1981 to 2013