Glimpses of Mindfulness – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – February 2018 Event Report

A sign of an engaging meeting where I am full engaged in the present moment  – a complete absence of event photos! Ann- Katrin Van Schie, Lean In Japan Entrepreneur Circle member, and Holistic Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor from At Ease, led 4 other members online via Zoom and face to face at Smart PartnersContinue reading “Glimpses of Mindfulness – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – February 2018 Event Report”

Practice Patience Judo – Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire February 2018 – Event Report

“Patience Judo”? What on earth is that? In her book, Drop the Ball, Tiffany Dufu talks about its importance when you start to delegate tasks to others. “We quickly grow impatient when things on our to-do list aren’t done the way we think they should be done.” She shared the research that when men wereContinue reading “Practice Patience Judo – Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire February 2018 – Event Report”

Don’t accept the default – Lean In Tokyo GOF November 2017 Event Report

10 Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire Circle members from Australia, Columbia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the US and the UK met in November 2017 to get in touch with their creative sides with Adam Grant’s TED Talk, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers” as the launching point of our discussion. With Lean InContinue reading “Don’t accept the default – Lean In Tokyo GOF November 2017 Event Report”

Your personal bonenkai and shinnenkai

It’s that time of year when we are inundated with invitations for 忘年会 bonenkai, “forget the year party” and 新年会 shinnenkai, “new year party”. I’d like to offer you something a little different – your own personal bonenkai and shinnenkai coaching “Party Plan”! These limited 2-sessions will help you o celebrate your achievements, learn from any setbacksContinue reading “Your personal bonenkai and shinnenkai”

What is it that only you can do?

As entrepreneurs in the start up phase of business, many Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle members struggle with the feeling of “having to do it all”.  Weird guilt about how it is somehow cheating to outsource, to delegate or simply being worried about cash flow stop us from using a vendor! In the October LeanContinue reading “What is it that only you can do?”

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”

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 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 yourContinue 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 toContinue reading “Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 2: Smooth on-ramping”