My vision for the future: that we treat ourselves, each other and Mother Nature with deep and profound respect.
My life's raison d'être: to equip people with the mindset and tools that free them from the societal and personal traps that bind them.
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My core interest lies in systemic change. I am encouraged by crises, system collapses and other difficulties, as I perceive them as exciting opportunities for profound growth, creativity and transformation.
During the first 20 years of my career, I worked in infrastructure sectors: mobile communications, developmental banking and strategy consulting industries, with organizations such as Orange Business Services, The World Bank, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton and Fairchild Space Company. Among a variety of roles held in the US and Europe, I spent most of my time in corporate strategy and business development groups leading strategic partnership and acquisition projects in the BRICs and emerging markets. I have an MBA from the George Washington University, with honors, and BS degrees in finance, marketing and economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. I studied coaching with Coachville and completed executive education courses at the Harvard Business School, Stanford Institute of Design and John Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). I am certified by the International Coach Federation (ACC, PCC-pending 2019).
In 2008, I shifted from corporate to entrepreneurial life to focus on leadership and team development. I thrive on finding new ways of seeing problems, collaborating and questioning the status quo to create better strategies and solutions. After several years of perusing research, working with clients, teaching at UC Berkeley and experimenting with different approaches, I had a “Eureka!” moment. I realized that we are all caught by a subconscious assumption about what it means to be human that’s rarely questioned — that humans are replaceable cogs in a wheel, only as good as our latest visible achievements. When we are treated like replaceable cogs, we feel disrespected that leads to specific, oft-defensive behavior and those are reactions to the feeling of being disrespected, not the specific problem at hand. When we are treated with respect and dignity, we feel calm and safe and behave in collaborative and innovative ways -- when all interesting outcomes become possible.
I founded Leaders for Good, a leadership and team design boutique, naming it that way to remind me to design instead of cookie-cut and tap into what’s “good” about leaders rather than try to “fix” what’s not-so-good. My work fills a void in the existing leadership and team development industry, closing the knowing-doing gap. I focus on the how of leading. How to self-change to feel in-control amidst uncertainty, think strategically and take wise action amidst pressure and fast-paced change.
Leaders for Good programs look at the thought-feeling-behavior formulas that generate successful results across local and global contexts. I have become especially skilled at helping leaders shift resistance to change or destructive conflict (especially amidst M&As, business model changes, economic shifts), as well as transforming divisive teams into cohesive, game-changing pods. My most well-known clients include Cartier, Ashoka, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, SF State University, Whole Foods, George Washington University and Mercer.
My vision for the future: create a better world for our children.
My life's raison d'être: enable individuals and teams to unleash their hidden potential.
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From the moment I started my bachelor studies, I found myself energized and fulfilled when helping individuals. This energy was ignited when I volunteered over three years for the Red Cross and supported the development and implementation of multiple initiatives to care for and support two vulnerable segments, namely orphans and senior citizens. Through the years that followed, my drive to help and support people shifted from volunteering to empowering organizations to fulfill their potential with a focus on human transformation.During the past 18 years, I specialized in translating organizations’ visions into actions by developing sound strategies and solid operational improvement initiatives. I take pride in my ability to challenge the status quo and push the current limits, especially when it comes to using technology as an effective enabler to most of the strategies I developed.My years of experience across industries gave me the ability to look at every problem from different angles. The different perspectives I gained allowed me to challenge the ways my clients operated to reinvent their way of doing business. With every completed project it became more evident to me that success and failure are positively correlated with the ways stakeholders perceive, contribute and support their change initiatives.Strengthened by my educational background and passion to learn, I embarked on a self-development journey to better understand our human nature, which helped me see people, actions and activities through a humanistic lens. This journey allowed me to make a career leap into the area of combining science and creative thinking to solving client problems.Supported by my passion and years of experience, I joined Eleni through Leaders for Good to work on merging the concepts of management consulting and coaching to create a better world for the new generation to prosper.