COVID-19: Flexibility, Resilience and Action for the BCCJ

This content originally appeared on the BCCJ Website – Written by Written by Sterling Content March 27, 2020 Leadership and executive coach Jennifer Shinkai has shared tips on coping with the COVID-19 crisis—both personally and professionally—in the second webinar hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ). In a lively Q&A format chairedContinue reading “COVID-19: Flexibility, Resilience and Action for the BCCJ”

#makemarchmatter

Found yourself with an empty book of business due to the Coronavirus? Join this free online community of entrepreneurs , freelancers, and professionals focused on accountability and action to make March 2020 meaningful to future success. Sessions are in English and based on Tokyo time – all are welcome! Join the Mailing List or theContinue reading “#makemarchmatter”

My Ikigai Journey: from slipped disc to jumping out of bed

So how did this lass from Bury, in the north west of England, become so interested in this Japanese concept of Ikigai? Of course, moving to Japan in 1999 with proximity to the culture would be a simple explanation but I did not become aware of the concept until 2017. It was only after IContinue reading “My Ikigai Journey: from slipped disc to jumping out of bed”

Need Inspiration? Pop to the loo!

We were absolutely stumped on one of the missions in the Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries over the new year. The four of us just could not work it out. The kids got gradually more crabby and we could see the sun getting low in the winter sky. Finally we admitted defeat and opened theContinue reading “Need Inspiration? Pop to the loo!”

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”

Lonely old men and ikigai

In November I attended the Mashing Up Conference again. I really love this event because it’s “cool”. It has a casual vibe and is just a bit edgier than your average D&I “empowerment” conference. The team do try to bring some different ideas to the stage as well as some local legends. I was happyContinue reading “Lonely old men and ikigai”

The fragility of systems and getting back on the horse

I remember learning early in my career that it takes 21 days to form a new habit (although that myth may have been busted). I think we can all agree that it takes much less time to break one. Over the period of the Rugby World Cup my sister and her family visited us. AbsolutelyContinue reading “The fragility of systems and getting back on the horse”

Talking Ikigai and Gaman in my podcast debut

Whilst I’ve done plenty of public speaking and a couple of YouTube videos (Thrive Tokyo and about the Wor Watthana Muay Thai gym in Thailand), I’ve never been on a podcast! I’m always talking about the importance of getting used to hearing your voice as other people hear it but hadn’t recorded myself recently –Continue reading “Talking Ikigai and Gaman in my podcast debut”

Finding your Ikigai in an unexpected place

Your ikigai might not be something you expect. What struck me the most about Frances’ story is the way that starting the gym and now building the house was not part of a grand plan, just a series of steps that took her to this point. A great example of the dots joining at a later point. It really shows the importance of being open to opportunities when it comes to your ikigai, to saying yes, and to trying things – done is better than perfect and perfect is the enemy of execution!

When hitting your goal feels like a failure…and what to do about it

This month I completed my first Spartan Race Trifecta – which means that I finished three different race distances: Sprint (5km+), Super (12km+) and Beast 21km+) in one calendar year. Woo hoo, right? Well done, Jennifer! Awesome job! Regular readers know that I love Spartan Races (inclusion, diversity and CSR)! The last two years, someContinue reading “When hitting your goal feels like a failure…and what to do about it”