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 […]
September 17, 2015

The Disruptors of The New Age: 4 Things They Do

Just got back from the #1 most innovative city in the US. NYC is one of the most outstanding, innovative cities for many reasons. But there is so much work yet to be done, offering tremendous opportunities to improve, innovate, and invest. People you get to meet and talk to such a diverse group in one single day, if you are truly open, can stretch your mind to a new, accelerating dimensions.  “We need the disruption of categories that lead us to abandon the difficult, the disagreeable, and the least likely to go very far.”  ~ Greg Boyle  In the city full of energy and some of the most talented individuals, it is hard not to notice a new dynamic between top talent and companies. What is shifting and what will not stop anytime soon (if ever) is leadership that has the glocal traits (effective local, global and virtual leadership) and […]
September 28, 2015

3 Ways to Become a Pro: Leadership Weapon Insights

We live in a glocal era, where local, global, and virtual environments have merged. The glocal trends have effectively expanded into new, highly demanding leadership traits. We can’t look at day-to-day operations or project or team management through the old lens. Evidence of gloacal leadership is in everything we do and touch personally and professionally through our in person or virtual interactions.  For some people, networking can be exciting, fun, and exhilarating or it can equally produce feelings of dread, fear, and discomfort, especially speed networking or job interviewing. The choice is ours depending how we see the glocal impact on leadership and then act. Demands for speed are not surprising beyond speed networking (to connect and make things happen fast) and, as a result, we need to know how to drive desirable results faster, furiously, and financially rewarding. Are we connecting and engaging actively with people we are exposed […]
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 […]
October 19, 2015
Fast-Track Fortune 500 Corporate Social Responsibility

How to Fast-Track Corporate Social Responsibility

By now if you are one of my 14,500+ LinkedIn followers, you know what I am passionate about and what I stand for. But if you are a new reader, please know that I believe leadership is a core and most fundamental aspect of all that we do – publicly and privately. What I am talking about in our blogs are new concepts, approaches and trends of leadership suitable for the demands of current and future corporation needs. Conducting your buisness in a socially responsible way is good business. It means that you can attract better employees and that customers will know what you stand for and like you for it. ~ Anthony Burns, CEO Ryder Systems 1944 Based on popular demand, especially to my readers of the Entrepreneur Magazine for Arab Nations, I would like to offer a Glocal (merged local, global and virtual environments) Strategic Leadership, a 1:1 […]
November 1, 2015

How to Keep a Legacy: 8 Proven Steps By Fortune 500 CEO

I am very privileged to call Denver, Colorado my home for over 15 years. Through my wide range of business opportunities, I was able to establish a network that is giving me the flavor and satisfaction of glocal presence (merged local, global and virtual environments) including a wide range of top performing executive talents and industries. During a recent private event, I had a chance to catch up with some very successful and influential Fortune 500 CEO including Bill Graebel. This was an excellent opportunity to learn about his company most recent changes and the new direction he is taking with Graebel Companies. You may be familiar with Bill’s family business and what his company was doing for over 60 years. They managed over this time to build a strong legacy and visibility, in local, national, and global environments. As you may already know, legacy leaders are something I have […]
November 19, 2015

What Can You See in the Eyes of a Refugee

Look into my eyes. Look! Yes you, you as I am standing naked in the truth In front of you, fearing nothing! Look into my eyes, the eyes of a refugee A bi-product of bloody war, torture and genocide Who hates no one, fears no one, blames no one Who rapes no one, cheats no one, lies to no one Who enslave no one, attacks no one, kills no one Look at me! Look into my eyes, eyes that hold stories Stories of thousands and thousands of refugees From hundreds of countries around the world Voiceless, silenced, oppressed and suppressed Still seeking refuge From weapons that silence the world’s voice Replaced with chaos and the hating noise From peace that comes from someone’s grave From profit from the slave From propaganda, racism or blame From further inflicting the heart-wrenching pain To someone’s father, mother, sister or brother To someone’s husband, […]
November 30, 2015

Grit & Grace: Practice And Passion Are What It Takes to Master Leadership TODAY

Arriving into the office in a new Italian suit and silk tie and designer shoes may look simple and easy. New day, everything as usual or maybe not. In the sea of the executives, he or she blends in unnoticed or he or she just may stand out. Not because of his or her size in physical form or highly projected ego in his or her posture or voice, but the way he or she moves across the big lobby to the final destination, a conference room. He/she smiles, genuinely, he/she nods his/her head and he/she wishes good morning to everyone he/she encounters from the moment he/she parked his/her car in the big secure garage, rode in the elevator, and upon entry to the building. Today, on his/her mind is so many thoughts and point of views, especially the word view and his/her diverse trusted advisors’ perspectives. Grace is the […]
January 25, 2016

Globalization 3.0: High Performance Impact Leadership Success

Do you love speed? Especially, fast, furious and financially rewarding? I am sure that we all are in some, if not in most aspects of our life revolving around the speedy delivery of services or products. In the way, it is new norm or expectation, right? It can range from a newly finalized business proposal to urgent email or call by the client, or quick lunch when pressed for time, or online order delivery right in time to make your big presentation a success. It is astonishing to see what is possible to accomplish today, just in last five to ten years because of the magic word – access. Today, we have access on our fingertips to unique tools that can make all possible in our day-to-day job. What we will do without conference call with our team members virtually anywhere in the world, internet search engines, online orders, instant […]
February 6, 2016

Leadership Face-Off: Individual & Team Change Transformation

Today, I bet every single person that we are working with was at some point exposed to some level of change or transformation in their life. Some changes we found to be unpleasant or uncomfortable while others were fun, exciting, and worthwhile. If you happen to be one that never experienced any change as of yet, I would love to have a word with you! The fact is that a transformation is a specific kind of change that we need to understand thoroughly and tackle on a team level through consistently evolving paradigm shifts. Transformations are complex, and they require leaders’ perspective as well as input from others in response to transformation to ensure it is not only successful but that it is indeed effective. That is where the high-performance impact comes in place! Why? Regardless of our performing duties, either as senior managers or executive leaders, we have to […]