Rethinking professionalism during WFH

It's been a month since the schools closed down in Tokyo. It seems likely that this will be extended into early May. As an entrepreneur working from home is not new to me. If I'm not delivering corporate training, meeting clients or attending events, I work from home. Working from home with my kids in … Continue reading Rethinking professionalism during WFH

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 I … Continue reading My Ikigai Journey: from slipped disc to jumping out of bed

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!

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

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 smooth … Continue reading 3 tips to help working mums after childcare leave

#IWD2018 #heforshe Tokyo – event report

#heforshe2018

  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  - my … Continue reading #IWD2018 #heforshe Tokyo – event report

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 Partners … Continue 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 were … Continue reading Practice Patience Judo – Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire February 2018 – Event Report