I'm glad you are here.
My name, Samir, is Arabic for a 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 go for a walk around the Jackie Kennedy reservoir in Central Park. I feel the ground under my feet, look up and say out loud, "this life is my home."
Then I go into the New York City subway, watch the travelers, and replace my judgments of people, institutions, and myself with blessings. Once I arrive at my apartment in Harlem, I pick three fresh ingredients from the fridge and make up a dish I have never tried before. In the evening, people join me and we feast on our lives.
Then I feel at home in the world again.
I love to help people, communities, and organizations ask better questions, cross their thresholds, and thrive on their journeys.
Samir Selmanović, Ph.D. PCC helps people thrive professionally by embracing the experience of a fully human life. As the founder and CEO of Wisdom Workroom, Samir is consulting, coaching, speaking, and facilitating retreats.
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 200 leaders, from budding entrepreneurs to sagacious CEOs.
Samir was born into the complexity (bordering on chaos) of Balkans. 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 the power of storytelling, empathy, and courage. Samir’s restlessness, desire to find his own way, propelled him through a B.Sc. in Engineering, then across the Atlantic through 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 has learned something from each of his clients from a wide variety of sectors, including Harvard, Princeton, Glasgow-Caledonian, Freddie Mac, the Tropical Health Alliance Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, World Vision, Storied, Agile Boston and the Florida Hospital.
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.
ABOUT WISDOM WORKROOM
Wisdom Workroom L.L.C. is a mindful, experiential, and integrative space where individuals and organizations can find safety, challenge, and support in working with their stories, enabling them to get to the crux of the matter, cross the next threshold in their development and bring their new story to life.
"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."
"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.""
I began my human journey 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:
School ad nauseam:
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:
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:
"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
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.