Twenty-five years of international experience in conflict resolution gives Aldo Civico a unique perspective on effective leadership. Assisting in complex negotiations with terrorist groups, drug lords, and urban gangs taught him that a successful leader has both strong communication and negotiation skills and a high degree of inner strength and self-mastery. Crucial, too, is the ability to instill a sense of leadership in others — inspiring them to take initiative, accept responsibility, be accountable, and contribute to the common effort.
Under Aldo’s stewardship, the Civico Group creates customized training programs to develop and integrate heightened self-awareness with the skills needed to be a successful communicator and negotiator — a combination that is essential for business and civic leaders navigating today’s unprecedented levels of complexity, conflict, and uncertainty. Working with individuals as well as entire management teams, Aldo teaches the skills of reframing, conflict integration, shifting perception, effective communication, and well-formed goal setting. And he helps clients recognize that there are qualities they already possess that, when accessed, contribute to strong leadership. The results: Better performance — both individually and as a team — and a workplace culture of confronting challenges with confidence, clarity, and creativity.
Background and Experience
With soccer star James Rodriguez.
For the past twenty-five years, Aldo Civico has served as a negotiation advisor and facilitator in armed conflicts in Colombia, the Western Balkans, and Syria. He led efforts to curb urban violence in Mexico, Haiti, Italy, and the United States and advised national governments on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of former combatants. Since 2001, Aldo has been intimately involved in the peace talks between the Columbian government and the insurgent group, the National Liberation Army. He also coached former child soldiers and combatants in Columbia to aid them in the process of demobilization and reintegration into society.
With Bill Clinton
In 2000, after serving as a senior advisor to Palermo’s anti-mafia mayor, Leoluca Orlando, Aldo moved to New York where he joined the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. In 2007, he was named the director of the Center and continues to lecture at Columbia in advanced courses in conflict resolution. He also teaches cultural anthropology at Rutgers University where he founded the International Institute for Peace.
Aldo is an author of four books, including his most recent The Para-State: An Ethnography of Colombia’s Death Squads (University of California Press, 2015) in which he shares the lessons he learned from dealing with armed insurgents. He was recently invited to give expert testimony based on his work in conflict resolution at a U.S. Congressional hearing.
Aldo received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in social-cultural anthropology in 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Abigail Disney’s Peace is Loud foundation and an associate fellow of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Complexity and Conflict at Columbia University.
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