I love sports. In every form. And then I loved working in a business environment.

I live to achieve goals. I remember always enjoying solving math problems but also winning in sports. I have done running, swimming, basketball, parkour, beach volleyball, bodybuilding, dancing, martial arts, but most of all I have been practicing Muay Thai (aka Thai boxing) for over 15 years.

Starting a career in the corporate environment was a gradual decision. I had been searching for harder problems to solve, higher goals to reach, and it helped that I didn’t have a passion for a specific field. I just wanted to win — while respecting my values and principles. …


Making mistakes is a crucial element for your growth. Feedback is necessary. But how you receive feedback isn’t what you must focus on.

Searching the internet for soft skills, feedback is a trending topic. Professionals use feedback to improve team collaboration. Companies educate employees on how to give and receive feedback, to support a psychologically safe workplace.

Feedback demands a growth mindset — when you believe that learning new skills and gaining knowledge is possible and important. But when you believe that your skills and expertise are static traits (fixed mindset), you interpret feedback as criticism; you feel offended, and you avoid it. Dealing with feedback is a behavioral issue, but it is based on your mindset. So if you prefer a fixed…


Two options to get to the top of the mountain: Fly like an eagle or crawl like a snake.

Arthur Schopenhauer wrote The Art of Being Right, which recently became a best seller. The philosopher shows how to focus only on defending your position and countering the opponent’s position while ignoring the objective truth. However, Schopenhauer’s true intention was to draw the attention of his readers to the tricks used by the rest, be they politicians, journalists, advertisers, or marketers. Pretending to teach “twisted judgment” (as he later characterized rhetoric), he actually taught how to recognize it and, consequently, how to deal with it. …


In a business world that is changing faster than ever, vision & adaptation become the key differentiators to move forward.

One of the best business books I have read lately is Leading Digital and I would love to share with you my five key takeaways.

The authors George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee present how companies use digital to gain strategic advantage. Digital Master is a goal for every industry, not just tech giants. Every industry already hosts at least one Digital Master and if you are not already the one leading, then you risk being left behind and unable to catch up.

1. Top-down transformation

From the study of four hundred global firms — including Nike, Starbucks, Burberry, P&G — there…


91% of businesses are engaged in some form of digital initiative

During the last decade, we talk about digitalization, digital transformation, 4th industrial revolution. 87% of senior business leaders say digitalization is a priority — Gartner. New jobs are available and current jobs integrate digital aspects. Everything is digitally evolving.

Let’s go on Digital Transformation 101. What Digital Transformation is, why it is important, and a major integration roadmap.

The Digital Triangle

  1. Digitization: Change analog form to digital. E.g. Handwritten documents to “.doc”, and LP music to “.mp3” — Technology based
  2. Digitalization: Digitalize processes and roles that make up the operations of a business. E.g. A production line introducing specialized software and hardware solutions…


Several losses lead you to many wins.

Quality v. quantity is a false bipolar dilemma. Quantity leads to quality. If you want to make an outstanding chair, you have better odds of adapting your designs while creating 1,000 chairs than designing and creating just 1. Same principle for winning: execute a lot. Your fails lead you to success.

When you lose, you learn; more skills and experience to win big next time.

Of course, winning is preferable to losing. Short-term, with a goal at stake, the win is all that matters. However, substantial goals are long-term and winning all the time exists in an idealistic world. Stephen…


You live in a world of abundant information. You have access to all of humanity’s knowledge at your fingertips.

As technology pushes the world to change, you find it challenging to adapt and take action. As a human being, your evolution is linear and you struggle to cope with the exponential changes.

You experience more stressors in a couple of weeks than your primitive ancestor experienced throughout living. And additional stress factors show up.

  • Millions of informational pieces and notifications overwhelm you each day.
  • Multiple screens stimulate your nervous system and you spent all your day looking at a different screen to work, to get educated, to communicate, to have fun.

Meanwhile, you have personal and professional goals. Most…


“81% of organizations have started their Agile Transformation within the last three years.” KPMG 2019 Survey.

Despite the rise of Agile Transformation and the benefits of business agility, many organizations are still reluctant to change. Each change has a cost and executive management is skeptical that Agile is just a trend, another management fad. Organizations need to experience for their own that Agile Transformation brings business value and overcomes challenges.

Benefits

Agile Transformation describes business value in two major categories: Faster Time-to-market & higher success probability from Customer Feedback integration.

1. Faster Time-to-market

McKinsey research shows that Agile Transformation can reduce time to market by at least 40%.


“How can I achieve my goals? How can I be more effective?”

These questions have troubled some of the brightest minds ever existed; Famous writers and philosophers try to master effectiveness to find meaning, happiness, or seek power and recognition.

Many fields are in maximizing effectiveness. From philosophy to life coaching and from business management to operational efficiency.

So far, three factors seem to complete the equation of the Outcome. Gaining control of these three factors means taking control of your effectiveness.

Event + Response + Organization = Outcome

1) Event

An event is the external factor that happens to you.

You can look at Events as two major categories: A) As data, that…


“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek is one of the most influential business books of the decade.

You know about your company’s vision, mission, purpose, strategy or whatever term each company calls it. Sinek describes it as WHY and presents it amazingly in this TED presentation, which made him famous.

WHY is the higher purpose; the core of Sinek’s golden circle. The change the company wants to make to the world. The context around which the company’s founder manages the firm and leads people.

For sure, maximizing shareholder value is the goal of every company. And each project is selected & prioritized by its Net Present Value, the money the project is going to bring. But goals…

Dionysis Svoronos

Digital Transformation Project Manager | Sharing experience in Soft Skills, Project Management, Digital Transformation

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