November 10, 2014

9 Reasons to Engage in Global Leadership Conferences

Often I am asked by peers, clients and community leaders about what conferences I attend and what value I see the most; especially now when we are having less free time, more responsibilities and often limited budgets to attend many global conferences. With excitement, I am getting ready for the upcoming 16th Annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference in San Diego, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2. WHY? My reasons are as follows: #1 Integration of a Wide Range of Sectors in One Place – Government, Business, Non-Profit, Higher Education, you name it! It is great to get a 360° overview on how today’s global business trends are impacting a wide range of industries, and where the biggest issues or concerns are coming that significantly impact day-to-day as well as long-term operations. #2 Global Best Leadership & Disciplinary Practices – If you are consulting for Fortune 500 companies, you simply must […]
January 24, 2015

6 Leadership Lessons From Powerful Women Leaders

As many of you know, I recently participated in and spoke at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference in San Diego. The exchange of ideas around the path to success in business (and life) was amazing. I especially found the Keynote address by Connie Matsui to be both thoughtful and inspiring. The theme of this year conference was conscious leading for global change through the emergence of our collective realities. It was an inspirational and transformational event, to say the least. The best part? I had an opportunity to network with some of the most influential thought leaders in the world. Here is what I have learned: 1. Be Courageous – Be your own champion, until others start to champion your success! It often takes a time to deliver a significant impact in an organization. Accordingly, it is imperative to stay courageous until you can prove what you are […]
January 24, 2015

Your Leadership Path: Where You Are vs. Where You Want to Be

After more than a decade of researching, reading, studying and curiously seeking the best practices for leadership development, I’ve found a fascinating range of traits that many seasoned leaders possess. Did you ever wonder how CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies become the CEO’s? Did they have a boss who encouraged them? Did they have an excellent role model that they followed early on in their career? Did they have a clear plan early in their career? How did they get on the leadership path to begin with? With that said, how is your path similar or different from theirs? Are you where you want to be? Of course, not all leadership paths lead directly to the C-Suite. However, they can absolutely lead to highly visible and influential positions within an organization or community. What I’ve learned by asking questions, talking to trusted advisors and reading a wide range of bios […]
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 […]
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 […]
June 20, 2015

Playing & Performing Like a Champion: 7 Rules to Greatness

I am sure that each one of us at some point played and performed as a true Champion! I bet you loved that remarkable feeling. But then it went away and it is hard to get it back, right? Or maybe not – you can still have it, and that can make you a true Super Star in all aspects of your life consistently.  What Champions in Sports, Business, and Life all have in common? Let’s take a quick look at what they do: 1. Dreaming Big – Can you even recall when you were 5 or 6 years old with eyes full of wonder, dreaming one day to be a policeman, firefighter, athlete, teacher, doctor or a lawyer? Are you one of the billions of people who woke up as an adult and wondered “What just happened to my dream?” as you find yourself doing something you simply can’t stand […]
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 […]
September 28, 2015

3 Ways to Become a Pro: Leadership Weapon Insights

We live in a glocal era, where local, global, and virtual environments have merged. The glocal trends have effectively expanded into new, highly demanding leadership traits. We can’t look at day-to-day operations or project or team management through the old lens. Evidence of gloacal leadership is in everything we do and touch personally and professionally through our in person or virtual interactions.  For some people, networking can be exciting, fun, and exhilarating or it can equally produce feelings of dread, fear, and discomfort, especially speed networking or job interviewing. The choice is ours depending how we see the glocal impact on leadership and then act. Demands for speed are not surprising beyond speed networking (to connect and make things happen fast) and, as a result, we need to know how to drive desirable results faster, furiously, and financially rewarding. Are we connecting and engaging actively with people we are exposed […]
January 3, 2016

Power of Commitment: Creating Your Perfect Life NOW

After holiday celebrations and spending a lot of time with friends and family, many of us are gearing up to a new start in the brand new year. Some of us are with new inspirations, expectations, and excitement while others are just simply dreading to come back to the office, dealing with so many personal and professional obstacles. As a result, it is so much harder to move forward in life. I am amused to see or hear how many people are desiring or dreaming about the life they would love to have. They are taking little actions to bring them closer to their perfect life. Life by design, not by default. Life of personal and professional growth, balance, freedom, and joy. But how far we are ready to go will be quickly determined by how much are we committed versus interested in any parts of our professional or personal […]