Just keep hitting “live”- “Can Giraffes Swim?” Prize Draw

Hold it lightly and just get it done! This is my takeaway from trying to get clever with a scheduled facebook live giveaway for my children’s book, “Can Giraffes Swim?” First I share the story of how the book came about… Then I try to share my screen with a Wheel of Names but no!Continue reading “Just keep hitting “live”- “Can Giraffes Swim?” Prize Draw”

What Martin Eden can teach us about Ikigai

Martin Eden is a 1909 novel by American author Jack London. It was recommended to me by one of my coaching clients, and many times in sessions, he would ask “Have you read Martin Eden?” and then “Have you still not read Martin Eden?” I hadn’t and for some reason I could not access a printContinue reading “What Martin Eden can teach us about Ikigai”

2020 Reading Challenge

At the second half of 2019, I set myself a goal of finishing 26 books. I didn’t quite make it but I really enjoyed the process and the accountability of announcing it publicly, posting on SNS (Facebook and LinkedIn). Someone suggested that I start using Goodreads and I put it off until this year soContinue reading “2020 Reading Challenge”

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 youContinue reading “The Four Tendencies – Book Review”

Write for impact: global business communication

Whether you are writing an email to your colleague in Germany, a proposal to your client in Australia or an appraisal document to share with APAC HR, your focus needs to be laser sharp.  My Japanese client asked me to share some resources on writing for impact in global business communication. I thought I would shareContinue reading “Write for impact: global business communication”

The Happiness Project – Book Review

The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun   As I’ve always been a “glass half full” kind of person and an infuriating optimist, the premise of this book intrigued me. Having had myContinue reading “The Happiness Project – Book Review”

I should be grateful…

  The terrible “shoulds” – an obstacle to gratitude “I should be grateful I even have a job in this economy.” Ah, the terrible “shoulds”. Those insidious feelings  – what you are supposed to do, think and feel.  Many coaching clients feel guilty about what they have when there are so many people in worseContinue reading “I should be grateful…”

Presentation Zen in practice

  In mid June, my husband received a phone call from the 6th grade teacher at our daughter’s school. “Shinkai san, do you think your wife would be able to make a presentation about england to the 5th and 6th graders on the day before the summer holidays? With the Rio Olympics coming up, theContinue reading “Presentation Zen in practice”

Metamorphosis – How and Why We Change – Book Review

“Each day we wake slightly altered and the person we were yesterday is dead”

– John Updike, On Being a Self Forever
In Metamorphosis: How and Why We Change, Polly Morland uses nineteen stories of personal change to discuss how the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly happens.