• 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…

  • Creating Awareness in Daily life

    Last night, I had a “lengthy” discussion with my husband regarding public perceptions of the words, Awareness and Self-Awareness.  In his mind, both words sound like a textbook-term and also hard for the public to relate to. Let’s take a look at definitions according to the Oxford English Dictionary.  Awareness  is the knowledge or perception of a situation or fact; Self-Awareness is conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. For me – as a coach, a yoga instructor, and a senior leader at a Fortune-10 company – I believe having self-awareness (knowing who you are by paying attention to self) is one of the cornerstones to improving ourselves and creating positive outcomes in…