• Do What You Love for Living

    I like Greece, a country filled with so much history, beauty, culture, and kindness.  The unemployment rate in Greece is at 23%.  On the street of Athens, it’s not hard to spot economical stress in people’s eyes.  Yet, it’s also not hard to feel Greek people’s determinations and passions for what they do for living, especially small business owners. My husband and I always love exploring boutique shops in countries we visit.  While in Greece, we tasted the best coffee and hot chocolate in Athens, and the best home-cooked Greek food in Nafplio.  Each place we tried, we experienced shop owners’ detail to attention in food we received.  An that…

  • 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…

  • In Your 20’s and 30’s

    I love Olivia Wilde’s response of being in 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, “At the end of your twenties, you realize you are inherently flawed, and that’s great, and that’s what makes you dynamic. For me, personally, it was around 27 when that kind of return to self took place, of living for myself, not living to keep up expectations. You know, I think you go from living for your parents to your peers, maybe back to your parents, maybe to your employer—You go through all these stages of living for other people, and I think at 30 you say, it’s my life and I live it for me”. Live your…