WHO ARE THE URBAN GURUS?
The Urban Gurus circle consists of a selected number of C-Level executives, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and sports people who crave and follow a credible vision, purpose and legacy; this for themselves and for the organizations they lead.
An Urban Guru creates and follows his/her vision and is willing to deviate from conventional methods, readily takes on the seemingly endless series of hurdles and roadblocks, and continues confidently and with courage towards his/her goal. To accomplish this goal it is often inevitable for Urban Gurus to leave the world of certainty and comfort. This journey asks to surrender one’s present self, and to step outside of familiar paradigms. With this focus and state of mind, Urban Gurus begin to see the world differently, wider, more efficiently and with more opportunities. Success begins to breed success and ultimately provides an unprecedented surge of drive and energy!
The challenge though is, that this new way of thinking lies beyond the comfort zone and certainty. It is here, in this highly developmental and explorative area that, among other things, the value of the circle kicks in by having access to a strong network of like-minded and trusted fellow leaders to share the experience and the journey and live according to the principles and values one has embraced.
THE NEED FOR URBAN GURUS
Each of us has the potential to change the world. Because the price of change is so high, only few take on the challenge – thus, embracing the venture is a core characteristic of an “Urban Guru”. Your spot in the limelight and being a role model provides the opportunity to define and live towards a legacy that will influence many people and career paths, depending on how you choose to engage with your environment.
The decisions we make about our journeys determine how our self is aligned with our surrounding environment. A key to successful leadership is continuous and personal change. This requires that we do an “unnatural” thing by consciously and frequently taking an unusual, broader and more courageous perspective.
When successful, this process alters our original frameworks and our original self. We become highly aligned, successful, empowered and able to help and inspire others – the key leadership trait and mindset of an “Urban Guru”.
CHRISTIAN HAAS“I was born in the Engadin region and for as long as I can remember have been intrigued and interested in people who have built a legacy and made a difference in society. In this respect, I joined forces with Christina on the idea of bringing the “Urban Gurus’ Circle” to life for executives who – through their own know-how, wisdom and courage – have the potential to inspire, so that people who work with them can develop and explore their own full potential.”
Christian is the owner of Haas Associates, an executive search firm specializing in asset management. Christian holds a BBA with a specialization in marketing from the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich (HWZ). He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). His profound interest in the interpersonal dynamics of corporate environments led him to earn a master’s degree in Coaching and Consulting for Change at INSEAD.
CHRISTINA KUENZLE“Having lived in various countries and explored many paths in life, I found my true purpose in polishing my own lamp in order to serve as a light for others. It gives me great joy to learn and to discover myself and to see growth, development and success around me. Together with my colleagues, we support humans to become inspirational, powerful, fulfilled and successful leaders, creating harmonious and sustainably performing environments, thereby adding value and growth to their companies and lives. In Christian I have found a soulmate sharing the same goals and vision. Our purpose is to light the spark in others to realize their utmost potential with courage, love and purpose.”
Christina founded her own company “choice” over a decade ago after having served in executive, managerial and entrepreneurial roles for many years in a variety of industries, including music. She holds a BA in Economics, an MBA from INSEAD and an MS from HEC in coaching and consulting for change. Her psychological training covers hypno-systemic coaching, neuroimagination, neurofeedback, process and embodiment-focused psychotherapy.