Strategies for Anticipation, Acceleration and Reinvention
Ion is a strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and executives. He helps them anticipate the future, accelerate their performance, and reinvent themselves when necessary.
I’m not a historian or a futurist but I stand on their shoulders. Historians study the past to understand the present. Futurists study the present to predict the far future. As a Strategic Advisor, I study the past and present in order to anticipate the near future and recommend better strategies for today.
Disruption is unwilling change on someone else’s terms. Reinvention is intentional evolution on your own terms. I help individuals and organizations reinvent themselves in response to changing personal, social, economic or technological circumstances.
I train executives and entrepreneurs in how to accelerate their performance by curating and creating game-changing ideas, insights and best practices. I try to upgrade people’s entire operating systems by developing better health, fitness, decision making, habits, routines and processes.
Is President of Portfolio IV Media and Consulting, a strategic advisory firm with clients worldwide. He has a unique combination of entrepreneurial and executive experience in the public, private and plural 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, run an international foundation dedicated to public leadership and since 2008 has run his own consulting practice.
Drawing on his two decades of experience managing people, projects, brands and budgets, as well as 6 years researching 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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Global Brand President, The North Face ®
Founder, Juniper Strategic Advisors
Chairman, Annenberg-Dreier Commission and US Congressman from California from 1981 to 2013