The Ikigai of Family with The Kumagai Family

On this episode of the podcast, for the first time I interview a family!

The Kumagai family are an amazing and inspirational family that believes strongly in family togetherness. Through individual projects and family projects the Kumagais are bringing their philosophy of togetherness, inclusion and connection to their neighbourhood and wider community. This conversation is a great example of how ikigai can be found in family and how family can help individuals find and pursue their own ikigai.

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Susana talk about her philosophy that the family is where community starts
  • How their role in their family helps motivate the Kumagais as individuals to pursue their own projects
  • About all the different community projects the Kumagais have founded and are involved in, including The Family Project, Book Swap Japan and Our Living Room Cafe
  • How the themes of togetherness, inclusion and connection are practiced by the Kumagais at work, school, in the neighbourhood and the community at large

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About the Kumagais:

The Kumagai family is based in Chofu in Japan. The four Kumagais are: Susana (raised in Venezuela with Japanese heritage), Antonio, Sara (age 16) and Daisuke (age 14). As a family they launched The Family Project aka Oyakodon Project (named after a Japanese chicken and egg dish representing parent and child) to encourage families to work together for social change. Each member of the family has their own role and own projects which are linked below.

Connect with the Kumagais

The Family Project

Twitter: @OyakodonProject 

Website: https://contactoyakodon.wixsite.com/home

Book Swap Japan 川の図書館 (The Library by the River)  – Sara

Twitter: @BookSwapChofu

Website: https://bookswapjapan.org

Our Living Room Cafe 無料カフェ – Daisuke

Twitter: @livingroomchofu

Website: https://ourlivingroomcafe.mystrikingly.com

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/

Sustainable Wellness and Ikigai with Saori Okada

This week on the podcast I talk to Saori Okada, Founder of Mogami (最上), a Japanese wellness brand headquartered in London (U.K.). Saori’s work is focused on wellness that is centred around longevity and empowering people to achieve sustainable wellness. In the episode Saori will share with you about her work in this field, her personal wellness journey, and how ikigai relates to a sustainable wellness lifestyle.

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. 

TW: In this episode we discuss eating disorders.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • About the duality of fear and excitement experienced when moving to a new city or country
  • How the pandemic affected people’s willingness to talk about wellness
  • What Mogami’s Japanese Wellness Puzzle is and how ikigai fits into it
  • Why ikigai as a concept has such global relevance
  • How hitting rock bottom was a path to feeling ikigai

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About  Saori:

Saori is the Founder of Mogami (最上), a Japanese wellness brand headquartered in London (U.K.). She is also a speaker, a student of Japanese calligraphy for 20 years and a certified holistic wellness coach. She is also the author of a narrative memoir titled “Until the Death of Me”, where she bravely shares her eating disorder recovery journey. A former leader in media analytics with global experience, Saori leans on “Mogami’s Japanese wellness puzzle”, the five wellness pillars centred around longevity to empower individuals to achieve a sustainable wellness lifestyle through educational content and wellness experiences.  

Connect with Saori:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mogami_wellness/ 

Website: https://www.mogamiwellness.com  

Saori’s book, “Until the Death of Me”: https://amzn.to/3bmnZrn

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ 

Year 6 in review – Evolving the business

Year 6 wraps up today so I’m taking my most important stakeholder out for lunch – Mr. Shinkai! He’s always supportive of my crazy plans and trusts me to build the business that will support our family as equal partners. He doesn’t get involved so much but is always there for me and since COVID has taken over all the food responsibilities in the house 100% (except breakfast!) Game changer for me!

At the end of year 5 I did a “year in review” using the same format as Make March Matter’s TGIF review (lifted from The Productivity Planner). It made interesting reading this morning! It was a great structure so here we go for year 6

Wins

Kept a comfortable balance whilst growing the business 

No projects were super stressful and overall feeling of space to keep variety of experiences, formal opportunities to learn and creating spaces that feel welcoming and inclusive. Thanks to my clients support and many ongoing journey projects I was able to continue to grow the business on a 4 day work week. Friday is now a meeting free day to work on creative projects, fill up my cup of inspiration on “Artist’s Dates” or just read a book. Life design was a huge part of my motivation to set up my business in 2016 and I am so content right now with what is happening for me and how I spend my days.

Coaching – lots of coaching!

Grateful to Cherry Lee at Talking Talent Asia and Keiko Nakano at Japan Intercultural Consulting for so many corporate client introductions for Parental and Expat Transition Projects. And my private practice is mwah – chef’s kiss! Interesting, diverse, challenging their edges, vulnerable and designing their lives to feel more ikigai every day. I’m blown away by them and so honoured to be invited into their lives and trusted by them.

Spending more time coaching rather than doing group facilitation or training was quite an energy shift and one which I have really enjoyed .

Systems Coaching

Became ORSC Trained – grateful to be  able to take this online in English. I got to experience the learner perspective for 3 days online and whilst it is not my preference, I was reminded every session that engaging content with masterful facilitation can make the time fly… but I was exhausted at the end! 

Leaning into co-facilitation with Certified systems coach, Rieko Aiba. 

We are really investing in our system by joining the Alchemy programme on co-facilitation and we have our own systems Coach, Donna Treiblock. I’m excited to see what our bilingual, bicultural and diverse experienced co-coaching system can bring to support our clients.

“Integrating your Ikigai” book proposal went into editor submission with my agent in New York.

This sentence seems so preposterous to read out loud! I worked with Ann Maynard an amazing US based editor to help me get everything in shape when I was feeling lost in 2021 and now the proposal is out in world. Submission seems to be a waiting game…unlike self publishing! So it’s a new experience to be part of someone else’s universe. A big experience of letting go and trusting the process. I hope we find a great publishing house to partner with soon!

Published a Second book as an illustrator in collaboration with David Sweet, “Gus”

which for a brief moment was # 2 behind “Where’s Spot?” on Amazon. I also sold 2 original watercolours which felt amazing – one in Japan and one to Australia! Does that make me an international artist?

Came 2nd a lot

As well as the #2 Amazon Bestseller category, I was also pipped at the post by AstraZeneca in the BCCJ British Business Awards Responsible Business category for Make March Matter. Astounding to see Make March Matter, the free online community that I founded to support small business struggling with Covid related issues, up there with the Astrazeneca non-profit Covid vaccine! Started Season 2 of the Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai and was nominated for a “Best Society and Culture” Podcast award

Things I didn’t do or stopped doing

Stopped doing work that felt inauthentic

Made a decision around the end of 2021 to only solo-facilitate someone else’s content in Japanese that I am absolutely obsessed with. When I don’t feel it in my bones, it becomes less fun and I become less present. Co-facilitation can help to make things feel more natural. What an absolutely privileged position I am in to be able to say “no, thank you”. I do not take this for granted AT ALL.

Did not run a Creative Practice Academy Programme

My excuse…super niche – English Speaking coaches in APAC time zones, interested in Points of You who have already taken Level 1 AND ready to invest for a 4 half day online programme on a weekday. I realise that I am not doing anything to nurture that audience so looking at the effort I made, it makes sense! I did get to co-facilitate with Marek for HQ for a Global Online L2 Creative Practice

Did not update my website…again

This was in the plan but I did decide on my web design agency this quarter so expect to see a newly designed website in Year 7! I was able to use my experience as an in-house marketer to write a brief for the first time in a while and it was a great reminder to check in 

I did not hurry back to F2F delivery

finding the accessibility for little and often training online and not having to commute means that I can support more clients at shorter notice. i can offer more slots for both meetings and clients when I don’t have to deal with a 2 hour journey for a 1 hour meeting. This feels like another place where I am aware of my privilege to have the freedom to define these boundaries.

Learning

Some practical ones are in the wins above in terms of formal learning

Youtube content is really useful for bringing in clients

“Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai” finally got enough followers to make a custom URL (woo hoo!) but more importantly the content really helps to give clients an idea of my style and approach especially around Ikigai. Whenever I get an international inquiry about ikigai they always mention YouTube!

Boundaries

Maintained my “no meetings/ coaching in the morning, after 6 or weekends” as a standard rule and added Fridays as a day for creative projects to keep creating new neural pathways that I believe make me a more flexible and perceptive coach. Sometimes I get an old story coming up around “who does she think she is swanning off to an art gallery in the middle of the day?” Still working on how to be at ease with this but have mostly overcome my FOMO trigger…for now!

Make a crazy promise to get something done

How did I manage to publish another book this year? I was in Jiim Fortin’s 14-week Transformational Coaching Programme in the autumn and there was a “Comfort Zone” challenge. Things like “lie on the floor in a busy public space” or “try on expensive jewelry”. I went with “take a photo of your current bank balance. Send it to a friend and say “if I don’t do X by Date Y, you can have all of this!” I sent the screen shot to Aysha my best friend from JHS “If I don’t publish Gus by April 21st, 2022 (anniversary of Can Giraffes Swim?) all this money is yours!” It was terrifying in the moment – my whole body was shaking. I also had a bit of a panic in early April when I thought I could not get the collaboration approvals agreed fast enough. But it surely lit a fire up my bum to have this much skin in the game and Gus is out in the world….Looks like external accountability still works for me.

 Now to work on the promised book about meerkats for my son!

What will I do in the next 12 months?

I haven’t really thought much about that yet! Continue to evolving (my word of the year), continue unfurling different layers of my practice as a coach, an artist, a human.

My #1 priority is seeing my family in the UK for the first time in 3 years – I am beyond ready to hug them again and for my kids to connect to their English roots again.

I will be offline for most of the period and back to coaching and facilitation in September. When I started my business in 2016 this annual sabbatical was a huge driver for how I structure my pipeline and set expectations. What is the point of being my own boss if I don’t give myself the flexibility to do these types of things for my family.

Get Mentor coached as part of my ACC renewal at the end of the year – this is both terrifying and exciting. Am ready to be humble and to break some bad habits and learn something new. PCC to follow perhaps at the end of 2023 – just under 200 coaching hours to go for the 500 hour threshold

Hold my first public exhibition – actually this is starting on July 1 and running to the end of August at LOF HOTEL Shimbashi. Huge thanks to Cynthia Usui for her generous support for the original illustrations of my two books. Do let me know if you plan to check it out.

Deliver at least 1 Pro Bono #iamremarkable online workshop per quarter – DM me for 2H 2022

I will dip into F2F workshops as part of offsites but deepening participant experience through ongoing online journeys has been a really important part of development over the pandemic and should not be thrown away!

Phew! That feels like a lot and also a lot I didn’t share here!

P.S. I remembered some more – 3 of 4 of my family got Covid in the last 12 months – it was tough but we were ok! I was a volunteer for TOKYO2020 at the rowing venue for both the Olympics and the Paralympics and got to make my dream come true by touching Olympic medals and even wearing one around my neck thanks to a Team GB rower!

How about you? What is your 2022H1 review? What do you have in store for 2H?

“Don’t think ! Just do!” L1 Hello Points Recap: May 2022

Jennifer Shinkai and Keiko Kakiuchi hosted an online L1 Hello Points Academy Program in May 2022. 6 participants joined from 4 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand).

Some were brand new “Explorers” and some were retaking L1 and reconnecting with the global tribe for the first time in a long time.

Some were native English speakers and others were breaking patterns and experiencing the work in English and gaining brand new insights.

As facilitators we felt gratitude for the technology that allowed us to have so many points of view from different cultures in one space. We also felt humbled by the Hello Points processes that connect our humanity.

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The facilitation went very smoothly. Instructions were clear. Facilitators are warm & very accommodating. As always, the tools are magical!

L1 Participant NPS Promoter comment

It was the first time for Keiko and I to co-facilitate and I was so happy to dance with her!

She was also getting out of her comfort zone by facilitating L1 in English for the first time! Well done Kei-chan!

Thank you to our participants.

Love Jen & Keiko

We also received a PERFECT NPS score – 100% of participants gave a 9 or 10 answer to the question “On a scale of 0-10, how likely is it you would recommend this workshop to someone else?” In 15 years of using NPS in professional settings , I’ve NEVER seen 100% Promoter score!

That there was a good group of people who were focused on L1 learning and people shared openly and freely as the ground rules were set down clearly. I got clear results from my two issues I dealt with and so I can really grasp that this would be a super tool in guiding and mentoring people in my community

L1 Participant NPS Promoter comment

0525-26 L1 Hello Points Workshop オンライン開催しました🍀

英語が母国語の人もそうでない人も、4カ国から6名の参加者が集まってくださいました。

それぞれの視点を共有し、楽しみながら、新たな気づきを得てくださったようでとても嬉しいです。

対面に勝るコミュニケーションはないと思いますが、オンラインでは、他の国の人たちと繋がれることで日本人だけでは味わえない醍醐味がありますね。

Points of Youが起こしたい三つのことも、それぞれが体験してくれたと実感してます。

下記のようなインサイトやアクションプランをもらえました。

・新しい視点がみえてきた

・他の人がどう見るか気にせず、自分らしさを見せていきたい

・Points of Youを使ったワークショップを英語で開催したい

・夢を見つづけて、ありのままの自分でいること

・新しい友達とたくさんの笑顔

・考えすぎず、まず行動する

L1を英語で挑戦しましたが、ジェニファーとは本番前に何度かmtgをしてもらえたおかげで、参加者の皆さんと一緒にとても素敵な時間を過ごすことができました。Thank you so much, Jen❤️

みなさん、ご参加いただき、本当にありがとうございました😊

Adventure, Ikigai and Coming Home with Cory McGowan

Welcome to another episode of Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai! This week I had the pleasure of talking with Cory McGowan, half adventurer, half transformational coach, half bear dancer. Cory currently lives in scenic Minakami, and is actively involved in the rural revitalisation movement in the area. Listen to this episode to hear a fantastic conversation in which Cory talks about his love of adventure, how that relates to his ikigai, as well as how he facilitates other’s ikigai through his coaching work.

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • What it was like for Cory and his family to move from Tokyo to the countryside of Minakami
  • How Cory conceptualises his role in the Minakami community
  • Cory’s work as a ‘relocation concierge’ in Minakami, and in the rural revitalisation movement in Japan
  • How building the life he has now involved a breakdown of sorts, and how that enabled transformation and breakthrough
  • Cory’s coaching work with men in Japan, and the discussions around ikigai and purpose happening in those spaces
  • What dogs can teach us about ikigai!

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About Cory:

Half adventurer, half transformational coach, half bear dancer, Cory is based in the beautiful mountains of Minakami, Japan with his wife Miho and two boys, Taiyo and Sky. A Japan resident since before the turn of the millennia, his whole career has been based in Japan, and more than half of his life has been spent outside his native home of America. 

After decades in education and people development, and working at all levels of management, the move into ontological coaching has been a coming home for him in the same way moving from Tokyo to the mountains was. He sees partnering with leaders and teams in such a time of civilizational transformation as an incredible privilege, and also has a personal mission to be a leader in the rural revitalization movement in Japan.

Connect with Cory:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cory-mcgowan-328b2b5/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coryadventurepartner/

Website: www.adventure-partner.net 

Connect with Jennifer:

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B092VVSJJ9

The Ikigai in Sharing Happy Moments with Tiziana Alamprese

This week on the podcast we talk to the wonderful Tiziana Alamprese. Tiziana is an infectiously positive and energetic person, who loves to share her joy with others. Tiziana has spent decades as a top marketing professional and now is embarking on a new journey with her own company, Tiziana Alamprese Consulenza, bringing love, innovation and creativity into branding and marketing.

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The various ways Tiziana uses her social media to spread positivity (#greypride)
  • What ‘Love-ting’ is, and why it is important to Tiziana’s business
  • How Tiziana finds her ikigai in sharing positive moments with others
  • Tiziana’s advice for people struggling to express their true selves in the workplace 

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About Tiziana:

Tiziana is a free spirit, against all discriminations, abuses and wars done in the name of religion, race, sex, money and political faith.

Her challenge at work, for the last 30 years, has been to contribute in a creative and innovative way to the changing process within the automotive business. Keeping her smile untouched!

Tiziana has covered international roles in the areas of Marketing, Digital and CRM, and has been a steady contributor to the success of the brands she’s managed as Marketing Director in Japan since 2005.

Tiziana is ready to start a new adventure, with her own company – Tiziana Alamprese Consulenza – to spread her creative ideas & marketing strategies towards wider horizons!

Tiziana’s specialties: Business Achievements & Customers Happiness through Creativity, Innovation & Love Branding; a true Love-ting, not just a Marketing top professional

Connect with Tiziana:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tizianaalamprese

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ 

Things mentioned in the episode:

TELL Japan website: https://telljp.com/

Quill Podcast Awards 2022 Finalist: Best Society and Culture Podcast – Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai

Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai has been selected as a finalist in the Quill Podcast Awards 2022 in the Best Society and Culture Podcast category. A full list of the nominees across all categories can be found on Quill’s website.

The Quill Podcast Awards is a yearly digital awards event that celebrates podcasters and industry professionals for their production, innovation, and work to elevate the medium and industry. 
Through a hybrid of a public nominations and a judging period by a panel of experts, the awards are given to companies and podcasts that have built strong audiences, innovated within their category, and created outstanding content.

Fingers crossed for March 30th but having listened to some of the other nominees…it’s going to be a stretch!

And if you prefer YouTube thanks to everyone’s support we are now the proud owners of a custom url https://www.youtube.com/c/ikigaiwithjennifershinkai/

Audacious Dreams and Ikigai with Lowell Sheppard

This week on the podcast I talk to the inspirational Lowell Sheppard. Lowell is the Founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan, author of the book Never Too Late and Founder of the Never Too Late Academy, and an avid sailor. He is currently training for his dream solo voyage across the Pacific, by sailing around Japan in collaboration with the History Channel.

Lowell shares some truly remarkable stories about his work as a social entrepreneur, his love of sailing, how he conceptualizes his ikigai and his legacy, and how he helps others find their purpose and to achieve their dreams.

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The relationship between dreams and ikigai
  • What Nemo North is, and why Lowell considers it to be part of his ikigai
  • How the possibility of learning new things is also a huge part of Lowell’s ikigai
  • About Lowell’s Never Too Late Community and why it resonates with people, especially middle-aged men
  • Where Lowell sees his legacy, you may need some tissues handy!

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About  Lowell:

Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, former minister, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, long-distance cyclist, and aspiring sailor. Lowell has spent his entire adult life working with established non-government organisations (also known as non-profit societies) and in several NGO start-ups. As Founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan, Lowell has seen the growth of HOPE-JP to be in the top 2% of charitable organisations in Japan with the coveted “nintei” certified tax-deductible status.

Lowell has served for the last twenty years as an informal advisor to companies and boards in the area of ethical decision making and thought leadership with a focus on community legacy. He has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects.

As an author, his book Never Too Late (Lion Hudson PLC, 2005) was published in four languages and was the catalyst for his latest social enterprise called the Never Too Late Academy, which helps others gain the courage and tools to realize their dreams. The flagship course is called “Daring To Realize Your Dream”. 

Lowell moved onto a sailboat two years ago in Tokyo and is currently sailing full time around Japan, training for his solo crossing of the Pacific before the age of 70. His voyage is being documented by the History Channel. 

Connect with Lowell:

Websites: https://www.nevertoolateacademy.com/

www.hope.or.jp 

www.navigate22.com 

www.pacificsolo.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlY62JTMMkU

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pacificsolo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lowellinjapan/

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Never-Too-Late-Change-Course/dp/0825461014

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/

Hello Points: Simple but Deep

“The process was simple but very deep. I enjoyed sharing with people and listening to their stories. The atmosphere of the workshop was very lively and comforting, thanks to the beautiful facilitation!”

L1 Hello Points Participant

In February 2022, I was delighted to co-facilitate a Hello Points Level 1 Points of You® Academy Workshop with Yumiko Fujisawa. We welcomed 5 Explorers to the Points of You® Tribe – some were using Points of You® for the very first time, some were retaking the course in English as a refresher. As always, we could feel the power of diverse perspectives with people from different backgrounds and locations sharing their thoughts.

Sharing our most insightful card and takeaway at the end of the first session

I will be more intentional to pay more attention to the present moment and to myself and not be taken away by thoughts and emotions too much. I think this will help me become more motivated and take actions without fear because I can trust myself. I will work to stay close to the people that I care and support them.

L1 Hello Points Participant
Blowing out the candle on the the final day!

Thank you for the opportunity for me to experience the world of Points of You last week. It was a very educational workshop, and I am always impressed what a great group of people turn up at your workshop, Jennifer!

I took a break (according to my 24hr action plan) and looked at the cards this morning for the first time after our session on Friday. As I said, they are quite spot-on considering my circumstances!

L1 Hello Points Participant

Upcoming Academy Programmes

Happy to announce that I will be facilitating another L1 and L2 Academy programme in Spring 2022. It is a rare chance to experience this work in English in an APAC time-zone friendly way to experience the amazing tools and their personal and professional applications. (I’m currently supporting a global programme from 9:30pm to 2am! Not the easiest way to have coaching presence!)

L1 Hello Points

Coaches, Trainers, Facilitators, Counsellors, Managers who want to help people open heart, break patterns and create a sense of belonging with an introduction to Points of You® Tools.

In this 6-hour course you will learn ways to facilitate “unexpected but precise” insights in individual, one on one, and group work using the Points of You® tools. By understanding the philosophy and background of the tools in depth, you will be able to create an unlimited number of experiences for your participants.

Tuesday March 22, 2022 13:00-15:00
Wednesday March 23, 2022 13:00-17:30

L2 Creative Practice

Already completed your L1? Are you ready to take the next step?

This rhythmic workshop, decorated with our personal touch, is packed with both experiential and practical knowledge that will be easily integrated into daily professional use.
Get ready for 4 energetic half days days of diverse techniques for different target audiences, and a creative practice of two Points of You® tools – Faces and Flow.

Schedule: You must join all 4 days to complete the course

Day 1 Monday, April 11th 14:00-18:00 JST
Day 2 Tuesday, April 12th 14:00-18:00 JST
Day 3 Wednesday, April 13th 14:00-18:00 JST
Day 4 Thursday, April 14th 14:00-18:00 JST

Ikigai and Community: Make March Matter

On February 27th, 2020 Make March Matter (MMM), the best, most supportive online network of people came into being for small business owners struggling to make sense of what was happening as the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Now two years on, that group set up by Jennifer Shinkai just to get through March, has blossomed into a vibrant community that continues to be a source of inspiration, joy and connection for its members. Today we’d like to introduce you to some of them! 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The importance of having a network to be part of when tough times hit
  • The benefits of joining a network where people come from a variety of work and life situations
  • Why Jennifer chose not to monetise the group 
  • How light accountability helped to give structure to the week when that had disappeared from suddenly working from home
  • The benefits of the MMM “pause” and other self care skills that are practiced in MMM meetings
  • How to leave with grace, when it’s time to move on to a new “season”
  • Eric’s brilliant question that he asks himself when he’s making a decision
  • What does a sustainable community look like and succession planning

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About Mari

Mari Ono is an Associate Partner at a technology consulting firm. She is an experienced consultant in digital transformation (DX) and sustainability, especially in the manufacturing industry.  She has managed projects in the areas of corporate and manufacturing strategy, risk management, IT system introduction, business process reengineering (BPR), and merger and acquisitions (M&A). Her expertise ranges from the fields of corporate strategy, supply chain management, sales and corporate alliances, and post-merger integration (PMI).

She graduated from the University of Tokyo and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She owns two MBAs from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Vienna, Austria) and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA). She specializes in leading global projects with diverse cultures. She has abundant experience in projects in Southeast Asia, Europe, North, and South America, including the United States and Japan, and working and leading virtual teams. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariono/

About Eric

Originally from Ottawa Canada, Eric has lived in Japan for over 25 years and has extensive experience as a teacher, teacher-trainer, and human resource manager for a global leader for business communication training programs. In addition to being a key trainer and advisor for many major multinational companies, Eric also has experience with global marketing of study abroad programs, professional development of teachers, language assessment and curriculum creation. As his job was greatly downsized due to the pandemic, Eric started his own company, Alterra Education, in April 2020.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/altmaneric/

https://www.alterra-edu.com/

About Catherine

Catherine O’Connell is Principal & Founder of her award-winning boutique law firm, Catherine O’Connell Law. She is the first foreign female to set up a law practice in Tokyo and winner of the British Chamber British Business Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2020. 

Her business experience includes promoting legal services to SMEs and women entrepreneurs, legal support for launching businesses/services in Japan, legal & compliance risk-opportunity strategic consulting (pre-acquisition) post-acquisition integration of legal systems and legal literacy, bicultural and bilingual commercial transactional support, transcultural management issues, compliance policies and procedures, ethics investigations, in house legal department operations, management and procedures.

Catherine has lived in Japan since 2002 and is host of the award-winning “Lawyer on Air” Podcast sharing inspirational stories about business and life in the law from women working in the law in Japan. She believes that no two lawyers are the same and every lawyer has an inner lawyer extraordinaire whose story is just waiting to be unlocked. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/oconnellcatherine/

www.catherineoconnelllaw.com

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/