What Spartan Races taught me about inclusion in the workplace

I was starting to shiver as the wind came up. I‘d successfully made it through the dunk wall, an obstacle I’d always dreaded based on my fear of dark water. It was beginning to come a little more easily. I was learning how to trust that I would make it through to the other side,Continue reading “What Spartan Races taught me about inclusion in the workplace”

Saying thanks and amplifying what’s good

Summer is over and thoughts are turning to annual budgeting, year-end parties and performance appraisals. Whilst these assessments/ appraisals/ reviews/ or whatever you call them are usually designed to motivate, many people find them a complete waste of time. However, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater! The feedback element of reviews isContinue reading “Saying thanks and amplifying what’s good”

Linked In for Entrepreneur – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – July 2018 Event Report

Ah SNS! Which platform? How to optimize? What’s the best SNS for my business? Content marketing is essential as an entrepreneur and at the July 2018 LeanIn Japan Entrepreneurs Meeting we had a deep dive session hosted at LinkedIn Japan’s Tokyo HQ. Kaoru Jo and Sayuri Nishimoto from LinkedIn Japan showed us how much LinkedContinue reading “Linked In for Entrepreneur – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – July 2018 Event Report”

Celebrate and Innovate

On June 29th, 2018, I’m celebrating the start of my third year in business as a Facilitator and Leadership Coach. I am extremely grateful to my family, community and clients for enabling me to bring so much energy to my work, to help so many individuals improve their own performance as leaders and professionals in Japan.Continue reading “Celebrate and Innovate”

How to Balance Careers and Caregiving in Japan – Event Report

Another conference I’ve attended several times in the last 19 years is the biannual FEW Japan Careers Strategies Seminar. 2 years ago I presented about Online Personal Branding drawing on my experience in marketing and recruitment. This year for the 20th CSS I moderated a panel on “How to Balance Careers and Caregiving in Japan”.Continue reading “How to Balance Careers and Caregiving in Japan – Event Report”

3 tips to help working mums after childcare leave

The first signs of cherry blossoms are here which also heralds the start of a new fiscal and school year in Japan. Working mothers around the country are getting ready to enroll their children in daycare and return to work. Here are 3 simple tips that managers can implement today to make the transition smoothContinue reading “3 tips to help working mums after childcare leave”

#IWD2018 #heforshe Tokyo – event report

  You have to love an event that begins with a video of PicoTaro singing about Gender Equal Peaceful World. With a focus on mindset change, March 8th’s #heforshe event for International Women’s Day hosted by PWC, Unilever and Bunkyo Ward brought many different ideas together. Below are a few of the highlights  – myContinue reading “#IWD2018 #heforshe Tokyo – event report”

Interviews and Appraisals with Points of You (R)

Looking for a new way to engage with your team members around your core values or key competencies in annual reviews? Want to get beyond canned responses in behavioral interviews? Using Points of You (R) The Coaching Game, you will be able to connect with your counterpart at a deeper level. You can drill downContinue reading “Interviews and Appraisals with Points of You (R)”

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”