1. What age do you feel right now and why?
I think 50, my age... balancing between two feelings. The feeling to be still young with a drop of unconsciousness and the feeling to get older, especially physically.
2. Which book are you reading now?
Braving the wilderness from Brené Brown. It’s a book about the quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone.
3. What are your top 3 favourite books and why?
Antigone from Jean Anouilh: when I was around 20 my French teacher asked our class to study the 3 levels of metaphor from this tragedy, and then this book became the start of my passion for the art of communication. Man’s search for meaning from Viktor Frankl: all is said in the title of the book. An essential reading to all. His words are helping me be more conscious of my choices and my responsibilities… Leaders eat last from Simon Sinek: Redefining leadership for today and tomorrow... this book was a source of inspiration that helped me take risks to lead differently.
4. What is your definition of elegance?
Elegance is for me the willingness to make people around you feel unique, great and beautiful.
5. What are you the most passionate about?
I am really passionate about communication and human interactions. It’s such real pleasure and luxury to have it as my daily work today.
6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
Australia, to discover a new continent and way of life that has always attracted me, but never had the he chance to see yet...
7. If you could only keep 3 possessions, what would they be?
A laptop to stay connected and have access to photos, ebooks, etc... My glasses to read (I’m 50!) and a pair of gloves.
8. What is your philosophy towards your work, or role, or life?
The meaning of my life is really, passionately and tirelessly to help people be great at what they do... and having said that, I wish I could enjoy more simple life moments…
9. What do you worry about, and why?
Lack of people’s consciousness of their thoughts, acts, behaviours, lives.
10. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
So many people, so difficult to name all of them (loved ones, friends, bosses & colleagues, artists, book writers, anonyms etc…), and Simon Sinek.
11. What was one of your most crucial moments in life?
2 moments out of so many. When I decided to move to Czech Republic. Times with so many crucial choices, and start of a brand-new life. And when I decided to be myself more... unfinished work...
12. If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?
My 2 kids take-off to their own adult lives.
13. What are the 3 things you need, to be successful in your job, or role?
Trust, Team Work, Time for creativity.
14. Is there a skill you would like to learn and why?
To be talented in speaking multi-languages to better communicate with people.
15. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
To find the meaning of my life. A man’s life journey… so insightful, and full of discoveries…
16. What does a perfect day look like to you?
When I see smiling eyes from people around me.
17. What cheers you up?
Same as previous question: When I see smiling eyes from people around me.
18. How do you define success and how do you measure it?
For me success is the feeling of having accomplished something great, that I can measure by the level of both: fulfilment & true genuine human connection.
19. What part of your job would people find most surprising?
Playing “team-building-games” with my team.
20. What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?
I like to go and walk in the city center, to get energy from what I see and hear. I need to feel connected and part of something live. It helps my thoughts to “fly”.
21. In which order (most important 1st) would you classify these 4 A-words: Accuracy, Acceptance, Achievement and Appreciation
Achievement for the feeling of “being alive”, Appreciation for the feeling of love, Acceptance for the feeling of harmony and Accuracy for the feeling of excellence.
22. How would you define leadership?
Leadership is a complex attitude. It starts by a vision, which needs to be articulated to others and then translated into strategy. It requires a set of values like: Agility & flexibility, with consistency in beliefs & values, with tenacity, courage and a true sense of responsibilities. It is great when it also includes to take care of others, to inspire others and to let yourself be inspired by others. It is key to be focused and in motion otherwise time goes and vision stagnate. It must have a huge drop of humility, with self-confidence instead of ego, and the willingness to place the needs of others above own. And to finish with the capacity to see the big picture…