January 24, 2015

Your Leadership Path: Where You Are vs. Where You Want to Be

After more than a decade of researching, reading, studying and curiously seeking the best practices for leadership development, I’ve found a fascinating range of traits that many seasoned leaders possess. Did you ever wonder how CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies become the CEO’s? Did they have a boss who encouraged them? Did they have an excellent role model that they followed early on in their career? Did they have a clear plan early in their career? How did they get on the leadership path to begin with? With that said, how is your path similar or different from theirs? Are you where you want to be? Of course, not all leadership paths lead directly to the C-Suite. However, they can absolutely lead to highly visible and influential positions within an organization or community. What I’ve learned by asking questions, talking to trusted advisors and reading a wide range of bios […]
January 24, 2015

Are You Willing to Risk Your Most Precious Assets? 7 Reasons Why (NOT)

Many of you have asked me to share a bit more about the Art of the Legacy Leaders and Legends. As I do, keep in mind that the foundation or the Art is You and Your Heart. For over a decade, I have participated in the rehabilitation of survivors and the families of genocide, torture, war trauma and human trafficking, I’ve learned the most profound life and leadership lessons threaded with hundreds of colorful tapestries of cultures and words of wisdom. A remarkable example I’ve found is how similarly three very different cultures, religions, and geographic regions define a person’s success! Listening to the voices of a Native American Chief, a Sufi Master and a Buddhist Monk sharing their stories, I couldn’t help but smile and feel a universal truth of measuring our success from a thousand years ago that is still very relevant today: I. Raise a child or […]
January 24, 2015

Legacy Leadership Lessons: Roberto Clemente & Martin Luther King Jr.

On my global leadership path, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with some amazing non-profits. One such organization is the The Branch Rickey Award, whose mission is to help at-risk kids. As a European transplant, I didn’t know a lot about baseball. But I have always known that one of my passions is to help less fortunate children. As if supporting the Branch Rickey wasn’t enough, earlier this week I had the chance to speak with Roberto Clemente Jr. Unlike me, many of you already know that Roberto’s father was hired by Branch Rickey and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956. As one of the first Hispanic players in the major leagues, Clemente went on to have an extraordinary career that ended when he was killed in a plane crash delivering relief supplies to Nicaragua in 1972. I must say that it was a genuine privilege to spend some […]
January 24, 2015

What’s Inside Your Leadership Tool Box: 7 Must Have Tools

As we gear up for a New Year of personal and professional success, are you ready to deal with the unexpected and seize opportunities? For successful leaders, with high emotional intelligence, this often goes beyond general leadership styles and habits. I believe it is essential to practice task–oriented leadership: That is, clearly define the objective, the right team and necessary infrastructure. Planning, organizing and monitoring performance then becomes much easier to measure. I’ve also learned that when leading big and complex projects (or small and simple if they ever are simple 😉 is to have a high regard for people as we focus on the task. Because in the end, people drive an outcome. “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” ~ Gorge […]
February 1, 2015

From Leadership 1:1 to High Impact: Where & How to Start

MANY OF YOU wanted to know where to start as a leader and better yet how. Also, some of you asked me how I started my path as a leader, especially with a focus on high impact and legacy leadership. I am sure you heard this before – you start with the end in mind! You start wherever you are right now and go from there! What end? How long or far is that? Can you even see that far? And how high can you go? Leadership 1:1 The path to leadership is a life-long journey. I believe that it is the personal and professional daily core practice that defines who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow. It is an intimate dancing partner on this life long journey. This dance is a personal transformation that creates an inspiring vision of the future regardless of where you are today. And […]
February 11, 2015

Female & Male Leadership: 8 Great Ways to Do Exceptionally Well Together

Dispelling myths, misperceptions, and misunderstandings is the theme of my post today. I hope that you will take a few minutes to read it, share it and even better, leave a comment. Your fellow leaders are eager to hear from you as well! Step in, Step up… just don’t Step back! This past weekend I spent some time at the Ultimate Women’s Conference in Denver, hosted by Jessica Peterson and Andrea L Sullenger. A last minute addition to my weekend, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. In fact, I had planned on spending most of that time working on my book. But I was drawn to some of the speakers on the agenda and as I’ve said before, you just never know how and when you can meet exceptional people. So, I went…and I was glad that I did! I had the chance to meet some exceptional leaders, including […]
February 22, 2015

3.0 C-Suite Top Secrets: Transforming Your & Organizational Thinking

As I write this, 2015 is only 52 days old. To me, it seems like it’s been a thousand days since the ball dropped. But that’s good – really good actually. Let me ask you this: Have there been times when you have experienced day after day turning into a week after week of high impact individual and / or team performance? And by the time you reflect and catch your breath, it feels that months have passed? Yes? Great feeling, right? That is exactly what I am talking about. Just this past week, despite the snowstorms that seemed to follow me through my amazing conversations with brilliant executives in NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit (and not so snowy Dallas) all the way back to Denver…where it’s just starting to fall. The best part? Everyone I talked to and worked with had an incredible attitude in spite of multitudes of disruptions in […]
March 3, 2015

How to Create High Impact: 7 Ways to Change Your Performance in Life, Business or Sports

Happy Tuesday! As The World Messenger (which by the way is the title of my new book) I’ve virtually traveled the world over the past month. From Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Croatia and Serbia to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Columbia, Argentina, Canada and back to my home in the US, I’ve been reflecting on dozens of astonishing conversations with some of the most fascinating and accomplished people in business and professional sports. I also got to flex my language muscles, hear the most appealing accents… and laugh at some things that were literally lost in translation. (Skype, you Rock!) While every conversation was unique and joyous, I found that they all shared a common thread:  Abundant and endless passion. Why Passion? Everything we do requires a particular level of energy. If we work on self-discovery and exploration (remember the good old days when we […]
March 9, 2015

Make it Happen: 7 Lessons From Powerful International Women Leaders

In honor of International Women’s Day, I would like to use this moment to celebrate you, the professional woman and the impact that you are making around the world. The theme of 2015 IWD it is to “Make it Happen” for women by focusing on: 1. Greater Awareness of Women’s Equality – This is a day to reflect on women’s many achievements throughout history and to continue the march for women’s rights and gender equality in the years to come. Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” ~ Kofi Annan 2. Growth of Women-Owned Business’ – Today, there is still far fewer start-ups created by women. According to Alicia M. Robb, “Despite the key role this sector plays in the US economy, female entrepreneurs still need to close a wide […]
March 15, 2015

Global Leadership Success: How Your Job & Team Are Depending on You

As The World Messenger (me) is traveling again (this time Indian Wells, CA) to see some of the best games offered by the best tennis players in the world, it is also an excellent opportunity to meet with one of the best high performance impact coaches in addition to many executives in a fun, casual setting. Today, many players, coaches, and executive leaders are facing unforeseen opportunities, as well as challenges while striving to reach their objectives. Such changes lead to team or organizational restructuring and implied rethinking of current leadership functions and best practices. You may be surprised how much you can learn, or from who you can learn, about the next “big thing”, major issue, or innovative solution during a mini vacation, as well as a business trip. But how is this applicable to you? This content is not about marketing; instead, it is about sharing relevant information […]
March 25, 2015

How to Thrive During Tough Times – 7 Lessons from Great Leaders

Have you ever wondering why some business’ fail during tough times while others succeed? Today’s decision-making challenges require a new perspective to not only survive but thrive as the economics of the country – and the world – continue to change On a more personal level, you may reflect on your current situation at work, home or life and think that your situation is a “mission impossible”. Or maybe not. In the end, it’s all about perspective and attitude. As you contemplate your own “mission”, you may give some thought to how famous leaders have navigated so well through seemingly impossible times. This, I believe, is where life gets really interesting…regardless of how big or small the events or situations that you are living with and through right now. Spoiler alert: How you deal with NOW has absolutely nothing to do with the local, national or global economy. Based on […]
April 2, 2015

9 Ways to Unleash Your Personal Leadership Power

Do you often feel compelled to constantly “do”, consume and create more? If so, trust me – you are not alone. The fact is that we live in a culture that drives us to do just that. As our days get packed with meetings, projects and deadlines our life can feel full and rich or meaningless and empty. It can be heart breaking when we look up from our busy lives and feel empty. And while we may try, it’s hard to hide those emotions from our peers, partners, friends, and family. It’s also damn hard to be on top of our game. Now you may wonder what to do about it. How to make a change and move forward? I would suggest that if you are taking the few minutes to read this latest posting, that you are still in the game. The fact is you are ready to […]