Hello Friend,

I'm glad you are here.

My name, Samir, is Arabic for companion, an ally, a storyteller, a friend who is present long into the night.

When I get down and out about my life, really down and out, I'm talkin' a talking-to-myself-while-walking-down-the-street-kind-of-down-and-out, I take a day off and go for a walk around the Jackie Kennedy reservoir in Central Park. I feel the ground under my feet, look up and I say out loud "This life is my home."

Then I go into the NYC subway and replace my judgments with blessings for every human I see. Once I arrive at my apartment in Harlem, I pick three random fresh ingredients from the fridge, and make up a dish no one has ever tried before. In the evening, people join me and we feast on our lives.

Then I feel at home in the world again.

As a coach, consultant, and retreat leader I help people and organizations on their hero to sage journeys.

If you too are done with half-hearted living, I would be delighted to have a conversation.

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Samir Selmanović, PhD PCC helps people live a fully human life as companion on their hero to sage journey through leading retreats, online courses, consulting, coaching, and speaking. He serves his clients with experience and insight harvested from a long list of individuals and organizations whom he has worked with. Samir’s passion for ideas and practice propelled him through a B.Sc. in Engineering, an M.A. in Psychology, a Master of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Human Development. Samir is also a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC). He supports his individual and organizational clients be present (mindfulness practice), tell a bigger story (narrative coaching), and befriend the unknown (poetry and spirituality). Samir lives in NYC, and when the going gets tough, he goes into his kitchen and cooks up kindness for family, friends and strangers. 

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Samir Selmanović, PhD PCC helps people live a fully human life as companion on their hero to sage journey through leading retreats, online courses, consulting, coaching, and speaking.

As a young alternative theater leader in Europe, an engineer and pastor in the United States, and finally as an executive coach in New York City, Samir has helped develop more than 100 leaders, from ambitious entrepreneurs to sagacious CEOs. He takes his clients through a highly personalized and co-creative relationship to places where they never thought they would go.

Samir was born into complexity and natural chaos. Growing up with a Muslim father, a Christian mother, and an atheist school system—with capitalism to the West and communism to the East—he learned at an early age to elicit and escalate the best in others. Samir’s passion for ideas and problem-solving propelled him through a B.Sc. in Engineering, an M.A. in Psychology, a Master of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Human Development. Samir is also a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Samir serves his clients with experience and insight gleaned from a long list of individuals and organizations whom he has worked with, including Harvard, Princeton, Glasgow-Caledonian, Freddie Mac, the Tropical Health Alliance Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, World Vision, Get Storied, Agile Boston and the Florida Hospital.He supports his individual and organizational clients be present (mindfulness practice), tell a bigger story (narrative coaching), and befriend the unknown (poetry and spirituality).

Samir loves his home country of Croatia, the streets and humans of New York City, and the changing seasons in Central Park, next to which he lives with his wife Vesna and daughters Ena and Leta.

When the going gets tough, Samir goes into his kitchen and cooks up kindness for family, friends and strangers.

"Samir’s personal and professional life has been richly formed by diversity. Now he offers us the fruits of his experience. We need more Samirs on the planet—people of conviction and humility."

Parker Palmer
author of Let Your Life speak and On the Brink of Everything

"Samir is a storyteller and he does have stories to tell."


""Obvious truth must be made even more obvious, and this is exactly what Samir Selmanović is doing for all of us.""

Fr. Richard Rohr
author of Falling Upward and Everything Belongs

What's your story? Here is mine.

At first, I thought the meaning of life was to ski with my dad...

I began my human experience in Croatia (former Yugoslavia) between East and West Europe, the Adriatic Coast and the Alps, Christianity and Islam, atheism and religion, Balkan wars and Balkan songs, and at the crossroad of five cuisines. I grew up:

  • on the milk of communism and the energy drink of capitalism
  • on the asphalt of the capital city and alternative theater productions across the country
  • guest-hosting a cooking show on national TV in 6th grade

Then I thought the meaning of life comes from stuffing my head with stuff...

School ad nauseam:

  • a B.Sc. in Structural Engineering, finishing first in my class, pale like a wall
  • a dizzying fall into Theology (MDiv), Psychology (MA), and Human Development (PhD)
  • assistant teaching behavioral statistics to business students

Then I fell in love with a difficult girlfriend: New York City...

She is gorgeous, but she wears you down. I think that after 12 years now, she is finally loving me back. The love story with the city includes:

  • knowing and caring for business professionals and entrepreneurs in Manhattan, encountering the glitter of the rich, the grit of the poor, and the homelessness and kindness of both
  • a full immersion into corporate and startup worlds and stories
  • learning about spiritualities other than my own and writing a book about it

Today I find meaning helping people be present, tell a bigger story and befriend the unknown...

I have come to believe that the humanization of work and the embrace of a fully human experience, in relationships and spirituality, is the defining challenge of our time.

These days, I ask myself: 

  • How can I shape my life to match the astonishing privilege and beauty of being born, being brought into light and being called to let go, all the way into my final act of disappearance?
  • What is the story I am choosing to live?
  • Who am I practicing becoming?

 


"My work is born out of 20 years of the muck and glory of nourishing brilliant leaders—from sage CEOs in the United States to teenage community organizers abroad. What made great ones great was that they had the courage to inhabit their own lives." ~ Samir Selmanović


 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

Samir Selmanovic, PhD PCC, is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program, an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified program. He is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and is committed to ICF’s high ethical and professional standards.

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