April 13, 2015

Your Legacy Leadership: 4 Key Elements to Enduring Excellence

YOUR Leadership Legacy is all about learning from past experiences, living life in the moment and building for the future. Leadership Legacy is all about being human and finding deeper meaning in life while positively impacting others. Leadership Legacy is not bound by age or even social-economic status. It really represents a body of work at each stage of your carrier path that contributes to a solid foundation of your personal and professional growth. As a result, your leadership legacy expands with each new experience, a new bold idea or innovation that you courageously acted on that then inspired others to do the same. There’s just nothing better than to contribute in such a meaningful way! What I find fascinating is that people often think that they don’t make meaningful contributions only because it’s hard for them to measure the impact of their actions. More to the point, they are […]
April 19, 2015

Google vs. EU: Is it Time for Leaders to Step In

21st Century – The Modern Era of transformation, technology, leadership and innovation. With a global citizenship and leadership mindset, European roots and living 15 + years in the US, I’ve been asked to share my thoughts on The European Commission (EC) and their formal antitrust charges against Google for “skewing results to favor its comparison-shopping service”.  Like most of you, the first search engine I ever used was Google. In many ways it’s hard to believe that the company was founded last century (okay, 1998). Since that time we’ve witnessed changes too numerous to mention here. Suffice to say the 21st Century has been shaped by companies like Google. And while not every change has been joyous (think annoying pop-up ads), the reality is that we all need to be adaptable and flexible to not only survive personally and professionally but to thrive in the modern era. Now you must […]
April 30, 2015

Leadership, Social Media & Technology: 4 Things You Can Do When Natural Disasters Occur

AS WE ALL KNOW; the world of technology, especially social media, has moved forward in great strides in last several decades while leadership has had to play catch-up.Considering the importance of today’s technology and how ubiquitous it is in our daily lives, the wide range of social media platforms can be powerful tools to help us in the moments during and in the immediate aftermath when disaster strikes. We now have the capacity to be informed, learn the whereabouts of friends and family, and help others in their time of need. Considering the importance of today’s technology and how ubiquitous it is in our daily lives, the wide range of social media platforms can be powerful tools to help us in the moments during and in the immediate aftermath when disaster strikes. We now have the capacity to be informed, learn the whereabouts of friends and family, and help others […]
May 9, 2015

New Era of D & L-Suites: What & Why the Fortune 500 Need to Change

Truth be told, I find myself being more and more grateful every day. Rounding out the chapters of my upcoming book, I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate to spend some time with some of the most brilliant minds of our time. And while many of these conversations revolve around the needs of the C-suite in companies as small as start-ups to global enterprises, I thought that today we would take a quick trip down the hall and visit with our friends in the D and L-suites. 1. The Digital Era – The power of social trends, global marketing, business analysis, the cloud (almost as good a cloud 9 😉 are now part of the digital landscape. The key question is not whether or not companies are “going digital” (they better be) but rather the effectiveness of their digital footprint. In the book “Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation” by George Westerman, […]
May 15, 2015

From Fear to Greatness: Business, Sports and Life Lessons

Are you experiencing a high-level of change at home or work? Dealing with so many decisions and not sure what to do? Is fear stopping you from moving forward? Would you like to know how to get from where you are to where you want to be? You are not alone! So many people today are feeling “stuck”…confronted with “impossible” obstacles…or simply paralyzed by fear.  When we experience these feelings in our personal and professional lives, many of us just don’t know what to do. Which brings us back to fear and it’s most common manifestations: fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success, and the dreaded fear of letting someone down. True, right? This is when we get emotionally overwhelmed; that little voice inside our head that sabotages our progress on the path to greatness (to be the best we can be). As a result, we can feel […]
May 26, 2015

World’s Leading Trends in 2015: Simply You Can’t Avoid

As we approach the halfway point in the year, I’ve been giving some thought to the business technology trends that have emerged or grown in 2015.  For many of you, some are more obvious than others.  But I believe that taken as a whole, all are commercially important as we push for massive success through the end of the year. Let us take a quick look and see if any of them stand out more than the others. 1. Digital Marketing – There has been a wide range of trends including Big Data, Marketing Automation (specifically web personalization and behavioral email marketing), Mobile Marketing (mobile advertising, websites and a wide range of apps), Social Media and Social CRM. But what may surprise you is that Content Marketing alone accounts for almost 30% of the overall digital market share. So when you think about strategy and what works and what doesn’t, […]
May 31, 2015

French Open: 8 Leadership Lessons from Roland Garros

If you are big tennis lover as I am, you already know how special Roland Garros’ tournament is in Paris. Playing on the outdoor clay courts, rain or shine, requires not only a different technique and skill set, but also a changed mindset in order to perform the best that you can. This is so accurate in business and life too, would you agree? Many of you heard “when opportunity knocks on the door, open it” right? As I traveled the world, I found this statement to be consistently accurate and that not many people realize this to be the case. Often, things get dropped into our lap when least expected. With experience and seasoned business acumen, we know deep down what great opportunities we should act on and which ones we should let go. An opportunity knocked on my door last week as I was diligently working on finishing […]
June 14, 2015

Branding 4.0: Are You An Irresistible “Glocal” Brand

 Branding 4.0 today is, more than ever, one of the most important aspects of any business, regardless of its size, type, and current reach. Your brand and brand strategy it should give you a major edge and visibility as well as credibility in increasingly competitive markets. You may wonder now if you should consider yourself as a brand. Sure you should – you as an individual are a key component of the brand. It is essential to know that you are communicating the right message to the right audience. This goes beyond your name, design, marketing or advertising. Simply put, it is a timeless branding concept. Why? As individuals, whether we like it or not, we have to be able to sell ourselves in various situations in life as well as in business. The more effectively you can do that,  the more successful you are going to be! What kind […]
June 20, 2015

Playing & Performing Like a Champion: 7 Rules to Greatness

I am sure that each one of us at some point played and performed as a true Champion! I bet you loved that remarkable feeling. But then it went away and it is hard to get it back, right? Or maybe not – you can still have it, and that can make you a true Super Star in all aspects of your life consistently.  What Champions in Sports, Business, and Life all have in common? Let’s take a quick look at what they do: 1. Dreaming Big – Can you even recall when you were 5 or 6 years old with eyes full of wonder, dreaming one day to be a policeman, firefighter, athlete, teacher, doctor or a lawyer? Are you one of the billions of people who woke up as an adult and wondered “What just happened to my dream?” as you find yourself doing something you simply can’t stand […]
July 4, 2015

Power of Innovation: Fast, Furious & Financially ‘Glocally’ Rewording

Are you wondering about or have you been asked in your boardroom meetings, white boarding sessions or staff annual planning: How do we innovate and how do we do it better and faster? How do we seize transformative opportunities before our competition? How can we do it better, faster and maybe even a little bit cheaper or offer something extra? What are we not doing but we should be doing? What do world leading innovators do that others don’t do? Creativity is inteligence having fun!” ~ Albert Einstein   If your answer is “yes” then you are part of a small percentage of groups that are thinking ahead and eager not only to innovate but also to question, improve and change the wide range of practices and processes that may no longer be serving and providing value to their teams and organization, especially to key stakeholders. If your answer is […]
August 2, 2015

Raising Your Brand, Digital & Leadership Quotient

Recently I was labeled as “poster child of change” by reputable partners of a multiple top global consulting firm. Today, I wanted to share with you what is behind the label and how you and your company can perhaps benefit too. Behind the consistent change I am experiencing in my personal and professional life, I recognize that the three ingredients in this yummy mix are three quotients: brand, digital and leadership. You may wonder how in the world quotient fit with these three components. These quotients offer us a measure that we can utilize as a starting point for an improvement. Knowing the quotients let’s us know when a change is just a change or whether it is an improvement. Who does not want to make an improvement, right? When everything is constantly changing, knowing the quotients and their parts can be a guide in deciding what improvement we could make, […]
August 16, 2015

Branding 4.0: Are You An Irresistible “Glocal” Brand Part II

When and why branding is such a hot topic? Simply, due to constant change based on what the market is doing it is hard to come up with success recipe that will take you where you are today quickly to where you want to be. The key ingredient in the Branding 4.0 recipe is consistent communication. The effective communication from leaders of the company to employees, and from the employees to consumers is essential. But what is often overlooked is communication from consumers back to not only employees but also to executive leadership to drive needed change by staying relevant and innovative. The best ways to get started in creating and sustaining your company’s image is: 1. Authentic Message: Making sure that your brand is congruent with your company’s culture by staying agile while constantly improving and moving your core message across new channels. 2. Customer Feedback: Knowing what your […]