October 28, 2014

5 The Most Desired Executive and Leadership Traits TODAY

Growing up as a little girl in former Yugoslavia, I was exposed to Mother Teresa’s work and her foundation through charitable giving to underprivileged children in Africa and then India. I was mesmerized by the stories of the children’s lives and the level of poverty in their villages, yet could not shake the sense of joy, love, and happiness that radiated from the photos they sent me every year as a thank you for my little donation during holidays. These experiences and Mother Teresa’s Servant Leadership taught me one of the most profound lessons, as well as leadership traits, that changed my life early on and influenced my personal and career path. Today, after reflecting on various rich leadership experiences, research, and many conversations with the most influential 21-century leaders, arriving to the following conclusions when it comes to the most desired executive and leadership traits that may surprise you: […]
October 28, 2014

What Types of Leaders Are Most Needed in the World Today?

In the world we live in today, there are more personal and professional complexities than ever before. Organizations, especially the Fortune 500, need a strong leadership presence in order to succeed in transforming, innovating and implementing their vision and value across the globe. The impact on humanity by actions of leaders today is indeed more visible than ever before. As I was seeking the answer for years to “What types of leaders are most needed in the world today?,” I consistently came to the following conclusions: Charismatic Leaders – have a lot of charm and engaging personality with a strong ability to motivate and inspire others by encouraging their followers to commit and devote their time and support in new innovative projects or large goals. Legacy Leaders – represent a body of work at each stage of their career or path as they establish the foundational building blocks. Over time, they accumulate […]
October 28, 2014

What Kind of Leaders or Players Do You Have on Your Team?

All of us at one point in our life played sports, either as an individual and/or team contributor growing up. Those early life lessons shaped us to be better today, either as a pro athlete performer or successful executive business contributor. I am sure you have your own powerful story and golden nuggets that helped you along the way to your rise to the top. For me, it was a mix of bittersweet experiences that by looking in the “reverse side of the mirror” of accumulated events, I would not trade them for anything despite how they were painful and or challenging. Henry Ford’s quote sums it up the best: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” As I am reflecting more on specific kinds of players and leaders I have encountered along the way while dealing with both pro athletes and business executives, I […]
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 […]
November 10, 2014

The Power Behind Executive Leadership Mastermind Groups

To many people the concept and value of an effective mastermind group may possibly be rather new and undiscovered territory. A mastermind group provides the opportunity for group participants to tap into the potential wealth of knowledge and intelligence of others, especially when seeking solutions to complex issues and challenges. The best part, if you are a leader facing a dilemma or uncertainty, you can quickly tap into other leaders for guidance and advice, while learning and working together to find the best solution to the problem. The excellent news; when the mastermind groups are set up correctly, they can produce tremendous growth and value to you and your business. I had an opportunity to be part of a high impact leader mastermind group just yesterday, allowing me not only to ask some of my burning questions but also to work together with others in finding solutions to very complex issues […]
November 10, 2014

5 Steps to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

I confess I am a LinkedIn Evangelist! Guilty as charged! You can see me often using my iPhone and being deep in my thoughts while reading news from various posts during my short breaks throughout the workday as I am switching between projects or long meetings. I find this to be enjoyable and relaxing as well as educational. Further, I feel connected to the world at any time, anywhere! To me, this is absolutely priceless. Often I start my day with a quick read from some of my favorite influencers’ posts such as Guy Kawasaki, Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson, and Jeff Weiner, CEO at LinkedIn. This is my way of keeping informed about a wide range of topics by people I trust and respect, staying connected to and learning from some of the most respected thought leaders, and gain exposure to some of the most enticing opportunities. It gets even better: […]
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

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 22, 2015

3.0 C-Suite Top Secrets: Transforming Your & Organizational Thinking

As I write this, 2015 is only 52 days old. To me, it seems like it’s been a thousand days since the ball dropped. But that’s good – really good actually. Let me ask you this: Have there been times when you have experienced day after day turning into a week after week of high impact individual and / or team performance? And by the time you reflect and catch your breath, it feels that months have passed? Yes? Great feeling, right? That is exactly what I am talking about. Just this past week, despite the snowstorms that seemed to follow me through my amazing conversations with brilliant executives in NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit (and not so snowy Dallas) all the way back to Denver…where it’s just starting to fall. The best part? Everyone I talked to and worked with had an incredible attitude in spite of multitudes of disruptions in […]
March 3, 2015

How to Create High Impact: 7 Ways to Change Your Performance in Life, Business or Sports

Happy Tuesday! As The World Messenger (which by the way is the title of my new book) I’ve virtually traveled the world over the past month. From Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Croatia and Serbia to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Columbia, Argentina, Canada and back to my home in the US, I’ve been reflecting on dozens of astonishing conversations with some of the most fascinating and accomplished people in business and professional sports. I also got to flex my language muscles, hear the most appealing accents… and laugh at some things that were literally lost in translation. (Skype, you Rock!) While every conversation was unique and joyous, I found that they all shared a common thread:  Abundant and endless passion. Why Passion? Everything we do requires a particular level of energy. If we work on self-discovery and exploration (remember the good old days when we […]
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 […]
March 25, 2015

How to Thrive During Tough Times – 7 Lessons from Great Leaders

Have you ever wondering why some business’ fail during tough times while others succeed? Today’s decision-making challenges require a new perspective to not only survive but thrive as the economics of the country – and the world – continue to change On a more personal level, you may reflect on your current situation at work, home or life and think that your situation is a “mission impossible”. Or maybe not. In the end, it’s all about perspective and attitude. As you contemplate your own “mission”, you may give some thought to how famous leaders have navigated so well through seemingly impossible times. This, I believe, is where life gets really interesting…regardless of how big or small the events or situations that you are living with and through right now. Spoiler alert: How you deal with NOW has absolutely nothing to do with the local, national or global economy. Based on […]