3rd Annual Shinkai Coco Farm Tour!

Are you ready to celebrate the harvest, drink wine on a vineyard in Ashikaga and support an amazing facility for intellectually handicapped people at Coco Farm?  For the third time I am arranging a private bus from Oshiage at 8am on Sunday, November 18th. Family and friends are welcome but places are strictly limited. YouContinue reading “3rd Annual Shinkai Coco Farm Tour!”

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)”

International Women’s Day 2018

Image from 2017 International Women’s Day event in Tokyo I will #PressforProgress by celebrating women’s achievements specifically by celebrating women role models and their journeys in Japan. Scroll down to make your own commitment to #PressforProgress Originally Published on the International Women’s Day homepage “With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findingsContinue reading “International Women’s Day 2018”

Face your Fears – Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire October 2017 Event Report

Participants from Australia, Columbia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK representing  areas as diverse as government, tax consulting, luxury, FMCG and recruiting joined the October 2017 Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire Circle held at Dale Carnegie High Performance Centre in Tokyo. Meeting Goals Engaging, the focus of this meeting, emphasizes how you canContinue reading “Face your Fears – Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire October 2017 Event Report”

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 ofContinue reading “November Group Coaching Sessions”

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? WhatContinue 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 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”

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 yourContinue reading “Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave”

Worry less, do more: your circle of influence

I’m stuck in a limbo like many parents in Japan this month. What will my childcare situation look like in April? Will my daughter get accepted into the same onsite after-school care or is she going to be shifted to a different location? Is she going to have to walk 15 minutes on her ownContinue reading “Worry less, do more: your circle of influence”