• Minimalist Guide for Business Travel Packing

    Ever since I was a child, I have loved flying.  Experiencing an airplane taking off from the runway and marching into the sky is my favorite moment of any travel.  Plus, the feeling of gazing the cloud in the sky gives me a sense of present moment and stillness. I fly every week for work, and packing efficiently has become one of my obsessions.  Interestingly enough, I observe that when I pack minimalist-ly, I do feel content and energized during my entire trip. What does packing minimalist-ly mean?  It means to pack items that only serve a need during the trip and spark happiness when I use or wear them.  After many trials and errors,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…