January 24, 2015

Authentic Leadership: 5 Key Elements to Lead with Authenticity

WHAT IS Authentic Leadership and why is it so important? In my humble opinion, authentic leadership is demonstrated through pure heart-led and centered on genuine, self-aware, mission, and value-driven leadership. Simply put, as you meet, speak and listen with thousands of wide-ranging leaders and influencers over the years, you start to recognize special patterns and common traits over and over. Further, you start to identify with that authentic voice, style and synergy within your own authenticity. It is magical because you can be a unique, valuable and tremendously impactful and authentic version of yourself among other authentic leaders. “Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.” ~ Deepak Chopra Today as I am writing this post, I want to not only emphasize the importance of authentic leadership but also to honor some exceptional role models of authentic […]
January 24, 2015

Leadership in 2015: 7 Most Needed Skills

Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of the 2015 goal setting and forecasting for an information technology company. While observing the room full of very smart executives, I could not stop thinking what skill set this organization will need within the leadership and management team to move in the right direction. To implement the goals and objectives according to the newly adopted plan, it was evident to everyone in the room that a new process, strategy, and execution plan would be needed. Before the long meeting was over, the whiteboard outline reflected essential ways to drive the results, in addition to a new proposed strategic approach. Later in a day, during our conversation in more informal settings outside of the conference room, I was asked to share my opinion on the top leadership skills needed to accomplish these objectives in 2015. After reflecting for a moment, I […]
January 24, 2015

Women’s Leadership Landscape: 4 Reasons Why We Can’t Wait Until 2085

Yes, women are making progress in the business, but that progress continues to be slow. Too slow. In a recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress, the role of women in the leadership landscape lags well behind other business trends. In the United States, women represent 50.8 percent of the population and hold 52 percent of what are typically considered “professional-level jobs”. However, women continue to be dramatically underrepresented in senior leadership roles. “In fact, it’s now estimated that, at the current rate of change, it will take until 2085 for women to reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country.” ~Judith Warner, Senior Fellow – Center for American Progress Wow, if that’s how long it will take to gain parity with men in leadership roles in the US, how long it will take in rest of the world? You may be surprised to learn that many parts […]
January 24, 2015

Power of Knowledge: 17 Questions to Ask Other Leaders

It is magical today in Colorado! New fluffy snow is a perfect addition to a Holiday Season full of celebrations, reflections, and yearly review. This moment is also dedicated to YOU; all the wonderful global professional, acquaintances, leaders, and friends that make the world better, more effective, and more purposeful, especially through business accomplishments and exceptional leadership – Thank You! As I am making tremendous progress on my new book that is being shaped in ways I never imaged possible, I want to use this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the accomplished and successful professional athletes and coaches across more than seven top sports around the world! Your trust and belief in me assisted me to build unthinkable tenacity. I can’t wait to unveil more details with a full list of names beginning in 2015! Until then, I would like to share the simple, yet profound, a power of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
August 30, 2015

8 Steps “Glocal” Leaders Can Take to Increase Social Responsibility & Innovation

Today to succeed as a socially responsible and innovative leader, more than ever we need to break from the past and the norms. In fact, we need to step-up and step in, instead of step-out, step aside or step down! The key is to engage, champion and collaborate with as highly diverse a group of people as possible. Why? That is a secret sauce in solving the most complex issues, creating astonishing, innovative solutions, and building the workforce of the 21st century. On my journey as a creative and socially responsible, passionate consultant, I run into a broad range of leaders that are trying to contribute actively to innovation-spurring discussions. These events and working groups are aiming to develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Fostering impactful and lasting learning by doing, rather than only listening, and following directions is an excellent start in developing CSR. It is exciting to see the magic […]
October 5, 2015

Hunt for High Performers: 8 Traits That Still Exist

Can’t help but to chuckle when talking with glocal (local, global and virtual) friends and colleagues about changes around us that each one of us may see from a different perspective, yet arrive at the same place. One of those “hot spots” is high performing, or lack of performing, expectations, definitions, discussions or assumptions. I am sure you have experienced that too, especially at work. To some, concepts around high performance may still appear abstract as we come across them along our paths in life or business, especially around high performers with impact.  Why is there such confusion? Is it really hard to detect or recognize high performer? Is it truly lack of knowledge? Or simply that we may not have a unified, shared understanding? Just because someone’s appearance or delivery may be slightly different, it doesn’t mean it is insufficient, wrong or poor. Some people are playing or writing […]