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November Group Coaching Sessions

Want to find a way to gain a new perspective and move forwards? Feeling stuck on a specific issue in your professional or personal life? "By changing the way we see something, reframing our perspective, everything can look vastly different." International Coach Academy: Reframing Perspectives In a 90-minute group coaching environment, you will use the Points of … Continue reading November Group Coaching Sessions

9 coaching lessons from cleaning out your closet

Last week I invested in a closet detox with Tokyo based stylist, Corin Kanazawa. I'm now the proud owner of a pared down, easy to style capsule wardrobe as well as a whole new level of awareness on what works for me and what does not. All through the 4 hour session, I was thinking..."Wow, … Continue reading 9 coaching lessons from cleaning out your closet

The Four Tendencies – Book Review

How do you react when you see this type of sign in your office? (Image credit Essendon Creative) You really have to love the use of comic sans, capitals and five exclamation marks. But more importantly, according to Gretchen Rubin’s recently released book The Four Tendencies, your reaction will say a lot about how you … Continue reading The Four Tendencies – Book Review

Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs 2017/18 Kick Off Meeting – Event wrap up

"Revitalised", "Energised" and "Inspired" Three of the closing comments at the September 21 Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs 2017/18 Kick Off meeting. (Not sure what Lean In is? Check out this post and my personal story on the power of peer support) 7 members joined the live meeting sponsored by Smart Partners K.K. and 2 members joined via Zoom. … Continue reading Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs 2017/18 Kick Off Meeting – Event wrap up

Claiming your Strengths at Nagoya University

What activities leave you energised? Have you ever looked up at the clock and gone “Wow! Where did the time go?” What are the things that you most look forward to doing? According to Marcus Buckingham, these are what you can really consider your strengths. Forget about competency, skills  and what you are good at, … Continue reading Claiming your Strengths at Nagoya University

Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 4: Practical Logistics

In this fourth and final part of the series, Retaining Working Mothers in Japan series (Introduction, Communication during Childcare Leave, Smooth On-ramping for Working Mothers, Normalising Flexibility) we look at some of the practical considerations when mothers of young children are on your team. Facilities for nursing mothers Is your returning mother still nursing? What … Continue reading Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 4: Practical Logistics

Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 3: Normalising Flexibility

In the 3rd part of the 4 part Retaining Working Mothers in Japan series (Introduction, Communication during Childcare Leave, Smooth On-ramping for Working Mothers), we focus on a mindset that is going to support the work/life balance of your whole team. This will pay dividends in terms of productivity, retention and motivation for all your … Continue reading Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 3: Normalising Flexibility

Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 2: Smooth on-ramping

In Part 2 of the 4 part series on Retaining Working Mothers in Japan (Introduction and Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave), I share some current best practices to make the on-ramping after childcare leave a little smoother: 1. On-board like a new hire If your employee has taken 1 year leave (which may be extended to … Continue reading Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 2: Smooth on-ramping

Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave

In the first part of the four part series on retaining working mothers in Japan, I focus on how having smooth communication with your employee during childcare leave. Find the rest of the series here. Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave To facilitate a smooth return, it is important that the working mother on your … Continue reading Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave