Strategies for Acceleration,
Reinvention and making Magnificent MistakesTM

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."


The Book

Learning from mistakes is a superb strategy for success in your personal and professional life. It’s the fastest, simplest, most powerful yet least practiced way to improve yourself or your team’s performance. Discover how to M.A.S.T.E.R. your mistakes and develop the 12 Magnificent Mistake Habits for Teams and Organizations. We have more to earn from failure than we can learn from success.

Recent Posts
I like to examine life. Contemporary society contains countless topics that beg for considered discussion. Sometimes I turn my curiosity on serious issues. Often, I think perhaps a little too deeply on slightly more frivolous questions. Perhaps there are some of you out there a bit like me. This, then, is a place for 'philosophy' for the rest of us. Join me in thinking seriously about not-so-serious things…
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    Getting Good at Going off the Grid

    September 8th, 2014

    For 10 glorious days, I decamped to a cottage and left behind TV, txt messages and Twitter. I swapped car horns and cable news for loons and lakes. It was peaceful and incredibly pleasant ... but not right away. It was hard to take it easy.


    The Great Disruption

    May 30th, 2014

    What the global economy, Blockbuster, going solo, hook-up culture, asynchronous intimacy, the Apple Maps app and ‘Homeland’ all have in common. What if our 'living models' are being disrupted today as much as business models have been? This is exactly what's happening, only it may not be as obvious.


    Going Solo

    May 29th, 2014

    Did you know that for the first time ever, a majority of Americans (51%) today are single? Today, young people are texting instead of talking, sexting instead of playing spin the bottle, surfing internet porn instead of sneaking peeks at Playboy magazines.

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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 at Jeanne Sauve Foundation
  • 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,
    Consultant, private equity investor, lawyer
  • 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