• Powerful Questions that My Father Asks Me

    Taiwan may be the only place on earth celebrating father’s day on August 8th.  During WWII, the Republic of China government chose a date when families could honor soldiers and fathers who died during the war.   In Chinese, number 8 is pronounced as bā (八) and the sound is similar to the informal word for father,bà (爸).  August 8th (bābā) then became official father’s day, celebrating all 爸爸(bàbà) during WWII.  Fast forward to today, the tradition of father’s day on August 8th remains in Taiwan. Living outside of Taiwan for 22 years, I still call my father every father’s day.  In every phone call, my father makes his points on life with powerful questions to…

  • The Coach’s Table Interview – Harvey’s transition

    Harvey B. is my college friend, whom I have known for 14 years.  In college, he was the first person I turned to when I needed a coding guru who could debug my Visual Basic codes, or a buddy to talk to about a dry business operations class. Harvey’s transition journey began in college.  In his early 20s he did a study exchange in Japan twice in order to master Japanese.  While there, he had side jobs, including bagging produce at grocery stores.  By the time he graduated, Harvey had a job at the same company where I was starting (and where I have been working since).  Interestingly, his role was in…

  • The Coach’s Table Interview – Greg’s transition

    Professional transitions take lots of courage and it’s possible at any age.  The journey of career transition can be magical and exciting, but also nerve-racking. Greg B. took a leap of faith in his late 20’s, and switched his career from corporate to higher education.  His story is inspirational and I hope you find his experience a great motivation. Q1: can you tell me about a professional transition you have had during your career?  In 2009 I made the decision to move from the corporate sector – where I worked in business intelligence and analytics for an eCommerce company – to higher education where I was recruited by the Associate…