November 10, 2014

13 Leadership and Life Principles by Thought Leaders

As we are progressing with our career paths, we start to live our personal and professional lives based on specific sets of principles. We may not even be aware that some of the principles that we have already embraced are significantly contributing toward our decision process and overall success. Also, our continued adaptability for change will make us more ready and prepared for many aspects of “unknown” challenges ahead of us. “The only thing we know about the future is that it is going to be different”                              ~ Peter F. Drucker Looking closely at many role models and their tremendous successes in leadership, entrepreneurship, and Fortune 500 CEO’s such as  just to name a few, I arrived at the following conclusion: #1 Know “Who You Are” – When you know who you are, you are more aware […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
January 10, 2016

Where You Are vs. Where You Want to Be: High-Performance Impact

As we are gearing up for yet another year full of goals, strategies, and objectives, we may want to step back for a second before we get too busy. Why? To just assess what we are doing and if we are indeed making any impact. Most of us work hard, and even harder than ever before but may not see the desired result as quickly as we would like. Some of us get even more disciplined in the ways we do our most important daily tasks and projects. Some of us may even say that we mastered how to achieve our goals, both personal and professional. But in the end, how will we know where we are headed if we are in constant movement or motion? Are we confusing movement with progress? Consider this profound truth, something simple yet often overlooked, the need to differentiate self-evaluation and measure of true […]
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 […]