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

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 […]
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

Authentic Leadership: 5 Key Elements to Lead with Authenticity

WHAT IS Authentic Leadership and why is it so important? In my humble opinion, authentic leadership is demonstrated through pure heart-led and centered on genuine, self-aware, mission, and value-driven leadership. Simply put, as you meet, speak and listen with thousands of wide-ranging leaders and influencers over the years, you start to recognize special patterns and common traits over and over. Further, you start to identify with that authentic voice, style and synergy within your own authenticity. It is magical because you can be a unique, valuable and tremendously impactful and authentic version of yourself among other authentic leaders. “Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.” ~ Deepak Chopra Today as I am writing this post, I want to not only emphasize the importance of authentic leadership but also to honor some exceptional role models of authentic […]
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

Power of Knowledge: 17 Questions to Ask Other Leaders

It is magical today in Colorado! New fluffy snow is a perfect addition to a Holiday Season full of celebrations, reflections, and yearly review. This moment is also dedicated to YOU; all the wonderful global professional, acquaintances, leaders, and friends that make the world better, more effective, and more purposeful, especially through business accomplishments and exceptional leadership – Thank You! As I am making tremendous progress on my new book that is being shaped in ways I never imaged possible, I want to use this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the accomplished and successful professional athletes and coaches across more than seven top sports around the world! Your trust and belief in me assisted me to build unthinkable tenacity. I can’t wait to unveil more details with a full list of names beginning in 2015! Until then, I would like to share the simple, yet profound, a power of […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]