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 […]
October 28, 2014

What I Learned From the Best Coaches and Players Before the 2014 US Open

Players are warming up and mentally, physically and emotionally preparing for the best games of  their lives after finishing the qualifying games. If you are in NYC and close to the US Open participants, infectious excitement will greet you everywhere you go. It was very refreshing to see the list of new players competing in the qualifying draws with hopes of getting a spot in the main draw of the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year. Personally, I am very glad to see more names of young talented tennis players as well as returning veterans from Croatia (Borna Ćorić and Mirjana Lučić-Baroni), Ireland (James McGee), and Tunisia (Ons Jabeur), just to name a few. I am eager to watch their progress and placements among the long list of other top tennis players in the game such as Novak Djoković, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and others. Besides looking […]
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

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 […]
January 24, 2015

#1 The Most Important Leadership Tool

By making a decision to click on this post you are falling into two categories: 1. A strong, passionate leader who is curious and wants to validate that you are already utilizing the most important leadership tool. 2. Not sure what the most important leadership tool is and how to leverage its power. Regardless of the category you fall into, I am glad that you stopped by. This information may help you as it has helped many others before. Through continued global travels, I discovered a new depth of yet another realm of my own capacity to practice even deeper and more profound compassion, gratitude and yes, unconditional love. WHY? It allows me to connect with people in such a profound, non-judgmental, open way so that linguistic, cultural, political, religious or age differences do not impose any limitations or barriers to sincere and open sharing of concerns or experiences of my audience. […]
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 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 […]
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 […]