October 28, 2014

How EQ and IQ Can Make a Difference in Your Leadership Performance

Often we think that if we train and prepare before the big event or meeting, we will perform well. By coming to the table with the Exceptional Player attitude, with high skills and competencies, that small difference between high performer and exceptional performer will depend so much on you and how you see and process things emotionally and intellectually. What I discovered in looking closer at Emotional Quotient (EQ) and Intelligence Quotient (IQ), is that your success will depend on how well both of them work together. The lower of those two, when making your most important choices and decisions, will affect your overall success on a personal and professional level. Low EQ has proven its danger over IQ so many times, and this ends up affecting the team dynamics and overall team results – particularly when based on the coach’s or leader’s performance and the behavior they exude. I […]
October 28, 2014

Career and Leadership Lessons Learned by the Best: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic

The opportunity to watch live tennis matches is priceless. It is a totally different feeling to be in the stadium with thousands of others, especially in the venue in NYC, at Ash Stadium during the US Open 2014. I feel very grateful and fortunate from multiple avenues to have had this experience and opportunity, especially as a passionate tennis fan, high performance coach and fearless leader in the making. Lesson #1: Developing your own style and personal brand. Watching Djokovic’s style; classy, elegant, creative, playful performance that reflects his joy and passion for the game, was priceless. Seeing him maturing over the years to keep his emotions in check makes him even more desirable as a player, as well as to stand out from others as an athlete. He is a living proof that you can be the best if you work hard for it: “Nobody actually played tennis in […]
October 28, 2014

How to Achieve High Performance in Life & Professionally

High performance is a big buzzword that can be used or interpreted in many different ways. In my mind, high performance is all about personal and professional development, while focusing on goals and key objectives in order to achieve exceptional results. Today, in our ever-changing environment, coupled with high-pressure and expectations, high or low levels of performance affect us personally and/or professionally more than we may want to admit. I was always wondering: What makes us low or high performers? Is it energy, passion, drive, motivation, focus, or desire? Or is it something else? This topic is very close to home for me. It took me many years to understand fully that managing energy is the key to sustaining high performance! “To be fully engaged in our lives, we must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest.” ~ Jim Loehr […]
October 28, 2014

Who Do Responsible Leaders Bring to the Table: High Performers or Overachievers?

Responsible leadership may be a scary concept to many since it encompasses such a wide range and exposure beyond just the interests of the shareholders as it has been traditionally done in the past. It also includes all the other stakeholders within and outside of the organization, from workers to the community, and even future generations including the environment. That is a powerful impact for sure, right? It requires a slight shift in the thinking process, especially if you are aiming to influence others. And that is not only for short-term strategy, but also long-term – a concept that many leaders are still adapting to on a personal and professional level. But how can this can be achieved? In my mind, there is only one way – to be the best you can possibly be by developing yourself into the maximum of your own potential in all aspects of your life. It is […]
October 28, 2014

Why Fortune 500 Organizations Need Change Leaders

Demand for change leadership assistance and support is a rather urgent situation for Fortune 500 companies in today’s rapidly changing business world. Why? If you haven’t noticed, many companies are going through major transformations. They often look for external assistance for quick turnarounds and focus on short–term changes while simultaneously working to grow their long-term global businesses. This is where things get complicated in addition to the always present, very complex, and high-risk business challenges regardless of the industry or sector. The Business Objective – What exactly are you trying to accomplish? That is the question in my mind and an excellent starting conversation to have before getting too deep into the details around specific issues. If you don’t know the specific business objectives desired and how to measure what you’ve committed to achieving, stop, gain clarity and then proceed. The Change Management Strategy – Are you leveraging strategic and tactical […]
November 10, 2014

9 Powerful Leadership Lessons by Sports Legends

As my book is progressing (I’ll disclose and reveal more details soon) around more than a dozen individual and team sports with professional coaches and athletes, I could not resist sharing the following nine powerful sports legends’ lessons that I learned early on in life thanks in part to my exceptional father, brother and first mentors in my life. 1. Muhammed Ali: “ Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” It amazes me to see over the years how this statement has echoed in my personal and professional life in the self-discovery of friendships that I offered, nurtured and kept despite so many challenges. I learned that by being positive, loyal, genuine, supportive and honest, this granted me access to some of the most profound life-long friendships with many exceptional people. Brilliant, Muhammed Ali! 2. Ayrton […]
November 10, 2014

How to Be an Opportunity Maker: 7 Ways to Make a Significant Impact

Before I met Kare Anderson, I thought I figured this out: when smart, accomplished and successful people meet or get introduced to one another by friends or colleagues, they seek mutually beneficial opportunities to support and assist each other. These types of conversations often lead to opportunity seeking, which is slightly different from opportunity making. As soon as I started my first conversation with Kare, she opened yet another corridor in my already full of ideas, buzzing mind, leading me to the deeper Opportunity Making concept with a new twist. She was so clear and crisp in her delivery, with no extra words to spare in communicating the deeper meaning behind the Opportunity Making concept. Please watch this short TED talk to get a full picture of Kare’s powerful message. With other talents joined together for the greater good, we can make a tremendous positive social impact in the world TODAY! This […]
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 […]
July 4, 2016

What Keeps Today’s CEO’s Awake At Night Might Surprise You

The question on what keeps today’s CEO’s awake at night may not be as surprising as we often think. But the answer may be a big surprise to some of us. So let us take a closer look on what indeed makes today’s CEO’s awake at night, especially from Fortune 500 companies. As per a study conducted by the Harvard Business Review in 2015, and global business trends in addition to the clients surveys and feedback, the following five pain points were identified, all of which had to do with people, and very little to do with organizational process or technology. Surprised? Let us take a closer look at what is missing the most today in Fortune 500 companies: Significant Shortage of Quality Leaders – More and better leaders are needed urgently across organizations, at all levels of an organization, especially at the C-Level. Now, the bigger question may be how do […]