The ancient Roman dramatist, philosopher and politician Seneca said, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” His point was that although luck is terrific, it typically has very little to do with success, especially that which is sustained over time. Instead, success is more often associated with great preparation and the ability to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Leadership development is all about living at the intersection of preparation and opportunity.
Ian Ziskin is President of EXec EXcel Group LLC, a human capital coaching and consulting firm he founded in 2010 following a highly successful 28-year career as a corporate business executive.
Ian serves on the Board of Directors of Axion Health (Denver, CO) and Humantelligence (Miami, FL). He is on the Advisory Board of RiseSmart (San Jose, CA) and is an Executive in Residence with the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) at USC’s Marshall School of Business (Los Angeles, CA) and Executive Networks, Inc. (San Francisco, CA).
Ian’s global leadership experience includes serving in Chief Human Resources Officer and other senior leadership roles with three Fortune 100 corporations – Northrop Grumman, Qwest Communications, and TRW .
Ian has a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from Cornell University, where he held a research and teaching assistantship based on scholastic achievement; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Binghamton University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
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