• Dream BIG

    This June, I returned to Taiwan for a personal leave, and had opportunities meeting working professionals (I always love meeting new people!).  We talked just about anything – life, interest, career growth, and future in Taiwan.  Despite their hard-working ethics, most of people I met somehow felt limited possibilities at where they are and their career outlooks also sounded pessimistic . When I asked them why they felt such limitations in their career, they often replied by saying, “the environment is difficult, because …”  And then, they would go on talking about their children, schools, and their own work-life balance. Dream Big with positivities & possibilities As a coach, I always believe we all can…

  • Defeating self-judgement 

    Being in the corporate world for 15+ years has much influenced on how I operate in my personal life.  I look at 2016 the whole year and divide my goals into a 4-quarter system. And, this quarter, I made a decision to work on my personal goals, and honestly, I have had my ups and downs on this journey.  During the up time, I feel like a superwoman, on the top of the world; however, during the down time, I feel incredibly blue, overwhelmingly judgemental toward self. From a coach’s perspective, it’s actually healthier to have down time, as long as you are willing to notice, acknowledge, and contemplate your…

  • Setting New Year Resolution that Stick

    I love Statistic Brain Research Institute’s article on new year resolutions and success rate.  In 2015, almost half of American (45%) made new year resolutions, and “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions“, regardless the success rates. Coaching tips on setting ew year resolutions Separate your goals into 2 categories:  Personal and Professional Goals.  Personal goals are for yourself, focusing on “you” as a person, and professional goals are for your career, focusing on a milestone that you can reach. Each goal has measurable outcome:  outcome can either be measured by numbers or yes/no. Each goal has realistic actions:…

  • Mentors whom We Need

    My husband and I binge-watched the Star Wars movies (Episodes 3 – 6) this weekend to prepare the excitement of Star Wars The Force Awakens.  I appreciated Master Yoda’s wise words like “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose” and “Do or Do Not. There is no Try”, and they reminded me of my own mentors and their effect on me. I have 4 formal mentors at work, both males and females.  Each of my mentors help me see things and situations in different ways, and offer advice from their experiences and share their expectations.  To me, their advice has guided me to make better decisions…

  • Soft Leadership

    The past weeks, I have been reflecting moments and people I have encountered.  Most of moments were memorable, some unexpected, and some that I wish I could have gone back to re-do/re-say. One of questions that I was asked a few weeks ago was to describe myself as a leader.  Without hesitations, I said, “I would describe myself as a soft leader, because I connect with people at a deeper level in order to know what motivates them and what inspires them.  No one in our part of world needs to work for a company or someone.  People come to work and work for you because they want to make an…

  • Our Inner Black Swan

    I was grateful for an opportunity to share my leadership journey with more than 50 high school students and school administrators at Qatar Leadership Conference (#QLC15) in Doha this past weekend.  The QLC annual conference provides quality workshops in leadership skills and tools to high school students and teachers, and this year, more than 700 participants attended #QLC15 in Doha. I was so impressed by the smart and courageous high school students in my session who shared their insecurities and how they would embrace these instead as their uniquenesses and strengths.  I wish I was half their bravery and open-mindedness when I was at their age. My leadership workshop was about myself, being…