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 […]
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 […]