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 […]
January 24, 2015

Women’s Leadership Landscape: 4 Reasons Why We Can’t Wait Until 2085

Yes, women are making progress in the business, but that progress continues to be slow. Too slow. In a recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress, the role of women in the leadership landscape lags well behind other business trends. In the United States, women represent 50.8 percent of the population and hold 52 percent of what are typically considered “professional-level jobs”. However, women continue to be dramatically underrepresented in senior leadership roles. “In fact, it’s now estimated that, at the current rate of change, it will take until 2085 for women to reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country.” ~Judith Warner, Senior Fellow – Center for American Progress Wow, if that’s how long it will take to gain parity with men in leadership roles in the US, how long it will take in rest of the world? You may be surprised to learn that many parts […]
January 24, 2015

Legacy Leadership Lessons: Roberto Clemente & Martin Luther King Jr.

On my global leadership path, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with some amazing non-profits. One such organization is the The Branch Rickey Award, whose mission is to help at-risk kids. As a European transplant, I didn’t know a lot about baseball. But I have always known that one of my passions is to help less fortunate children. As if supporting the Branch Rickey wasn’t enough, earlier this week I had the chance to speak with Roberto Clemente Jr. Unlike me, many of you already know that Roberto’s father was hired by Branch Rickey and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956. As one of the first Hispanic players in the major leagues, Clemente went on to have an extraordinary career that ended when he was killed in a plane crash delivering relief supplies to Nicaragua in 1972. I must say that it was a genuine privilege to spend some […]
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 […]
January 18, 2016

Where You Are vs. Where You Want To Be: 8 Steps From Fear to Greatness

If you take a moment to reflect on your first big dream as a kid, when you are asked “who do you want to be or want to do when you grow up”, you might surprise yourself today with the answer. Some of us reached exactly what we wanted, some not yet, and some of us are still unsure what that may be. Our BIG DREAM is turning into identifying our BIG WHY! At some point in our life, we lost touch with that dream or our why, and in some rare cases, we may not remember that we had one. The best part is that we can reconnect or discover a new dream in our life right now, right? Regardless what role we may play in our personal or professional life, we all are at some point looking for game changing or transformational opportunities that will lead us on […]