About Mark Guidi

 
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Over the past 25 years, Mark Guidi has worked with companies like Cisco, GE, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to drive strategy, planning, operations, and business development. He’s played a key role in over 100 merger and acquisition deals and led over 20 integrations from start to finish. He also managed operating budgets of more than $300 million, teams of 800 plus people and oversaw operational investment portfolios worth more than $1 billion.

Mark has cultivated a life-long interest in Asian philosophy and martial arts, and has been an instructor for Karate and Aikido as well as a practitioner of numerous other arts such as Kendo and Tai Chi. Mark applies Eastern philosophy to every area of his life. Aikido, with its philosophy of servant-oriented leadership and mindfulness, has helped him balance his career and family, maintain focus and be adaptable to change. Aikido has kept him centered.

Using centeredness as the foundation for his methodology has yielded positive results. Whether through streamlining systems and processes, reducing errors in resource allocation for projects by 80%, increasing revenue by 300%, or greatly improving employee satisfaction, Mark has consistently shown how centeredness drives business growth and improves leadership effectiveness.

While working for PwC, Mark was seconded to Asia. This turned out to be a blessing, as moving to Japan gave him the opportunity to deepen his martial arts knowledge further. Mark also gained a proficiency of the Japanese language and even met his wife.

Upon returning to the U.S., Mark wanted to give back, helping his friends with their careers and sharing his unique knowledge with the companies he’s consulted for and with. Mark is a writer, speaker, consultant and coach, in addition to holding senior leadership roles in industry. Having been published in B2B journals, given multiple webinars, coached C-level executives and delivered keynote speeches, Mark has emerged as refreshing, sought-out voice in the business world.

 

“As a person, you have the qualities: balance, focus, adaptability. You excel or lack in one of those areas in any particular situation. When you are in a high-stress situation and act appropriately, then you are balanced, focused, and adaptable. These are the qualities of centeredness.” — Terry Dobson, Aikidoka & Pioneer of American Aikido