September 11, 2014

How to Create High-Performance Business Leaders and Professional Athletes

My undying passion for high-performance and leadership led me to explore a deeper understanding of what it takes to be the best performer and leader, as well as how to create high-performing culture or teams. By observing the behavior of high-performing individuals, both in business and professional sports, I found a first-hand connection and common traits between high-performing individuals in life, regardless of what game they played – individual or group professional sports or business and leadership. Over the last 15 years, I watched closely the behaviors that were reflected in high-performing individuals who took their business or personal performance goals yet to another level, showing others that impossible is indeed possible. Observing and interviewing various pro-athletes, in addition to high-performing business leaders, led me to arrive at the following conclusions: Know Your WHY It is critical to know your why that motivates you and gets you out of bed […]
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

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 10, 2014

How to Be an Opportunity Maker: 7 Ways to Make a Significant Impact

Before I met Kare Anderson, I thought I figured this out: when smart, accomplished and successful people meet or get introduced to one another by friends or colleagues, they seek mutually beneficial opportunities to support and assist each other. These types of conversations often lead to opportunity seeking, which is slightly different from opportunity making. As soon as I started my first conversation with Kare, she opened yet another corridor in my already full of ideas, buzzing mind, leading me to the deeper Opportunity Making concept with a new twist. She was so clear and crisp in her delivery, with no extra words to spare in communicating the deeper meaning behind the Opportunity Making concept. Please watch this short TED talk to get a full picture of Kare’s powerful message. With other talents joined together for the greater good, we can make a tremendous positive social impact in the world TODAY! This […]
January 24, 2015

5 Shades of 21st Century Leadership: Lessons Learned From Dalai Lama

A few weeks ago, I got back from sunny San Diego after attending the 16th Annual International Leadership (ILA) Global Conference. The theme of the conference wasConscious Leading for Global Change: Emergence of Our Collective Realities. Personally, I felt right at home; anything global with a diverse, inclusive, change conscious feeling about leadership seemed to me like a cherry on top of a decadent dark chocolate cake. Further, the global shift many of us anticipated a decade ago just hit the west coast and blasted through North America, all the way through over 40 countries. Jokes aside, it was a priceless experience! Why? In my blog “ 9 Reasons to Engage in Global Leadership Conferences”, you may find some real answers. But today, I am sharing something slightly different. I was happy to see the teachings and principles of Dali Lama are starting to gain big traction and success, not […]
March 3, 2015

How to Create High Impact: 7 Ways to Change Your Performance in Life, Business or Sports

Happy Tuesday! As The World Messenger (which by the way is the title of my new book) I’ve virtually traveled the world over the past month. From Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Croatia and Serbia to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Columbia, Argentina, Canada and back to my home in the US, I’ve been reflecting on dozens of astonishing conversations with some of the most fascinating and accomplished people in business and professional sports. I also got to flex my language muscles, hear the most appealing accents… and laugh at some things that were literally lost in translation. (Skype, you Rock!) While every conversation was unique and joyous, I found that they all shared a common thread:  Abundant and endless passion. Why Passion? Everything we do requires a particular level of energy. If we work on self-discovery and exploration (remember the good old days when we […]
March 15, 2015

Global Leadership Success: How Your Job & Team Are Depending on You

As The World Messenger (me) is traveling again (this time Indian Wells, CA) to see some of the best games offered by the best tennis players in the world, it is also an excellent opportunity to meet with one of the best high performance impact coaches in addition to many executives in a fun, casual setting. Today, many players, coaches, and executive leaders are facing unforeseen opportunities, as well as challenges while striving to reach their objectives. Such changes lead to team or organizational restructuring and implied rethinking of current leadership functions and best practices. You may be surprised how much you can learn, or from who you can learn, about the next “big thing”, major issue, or innovative solution during a mini vacation, as well as a business trip. But how is this applicable to you? This content is not about marketing; instead, it is about sharing relevant information […]
April 2, 2015

9 Ways to Unleash Your Personal Leadership Power

Do you often feel compelled to constantly “do”, consume and create more? If so, trust me – you are not alone. The fact is that we live in a culture that drives us to do just that. As our days get packed with meetings, projects and deadlines our life can feel full and rich or meaningless and empty. It can be heart breaking when we look up from our busy lives and feel empty. And while we may try, it’s hard to hide those emotions from our peers, partners, friends, and family. It’s also damn hard to be on top of our game. Now you may wonder what to do about it. How to make a change and move forward? I would suggest that if you are taking the few minutes to read this latest posting, that you are still in the game. The fact is you are ready to […]
October 5, 2015

Hunt for High Performers: 8 Traits That Still Exist

Can’t help but to chuckle when talking with glocal (local, global and virtual) friends and colleagues about changes around us that each one of us may see from a different perspective, yet arrive at the same place. One of those “hot spots” is high performing, or lack of performing, expectations, definitions, discussions or assumptions. I am sure you have experienced that too, especially at work. To some, concepts around high performance may still appear abstract as we come across them along our paths in life or business, especially around high performers with impact.  Why is there such confusion? Is it really hard to detect or recognize high performer? Is it truly lack of knowledge? Or simply that we may not have a unified, shared understanding? Just because someone’s appearance or delivery may be slightly different, it doesn’t mean it is insufficient, wrong or poor. Some people are playing or writing […]