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Speak Up and Be Counted — Themes from a Recent Workshop

Speaking up starts with a state of mind that believes what we have to say, matters. Believe that. It may take practice, perhaps a lot of practice before you feel more comfortable. That’s ok...Instead of berating yourself, congratulate yourself on your courage. Keep giving yourself positive reinforcements...

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Why Are We Still Putting Marissa Mayer in a Fish Bowl?

The recent media focus on Anne Marie Slaughters article, “Having It All”, and the appointment of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer shows the great strides yet to be made on truly leveraging and accepting the immense talents of powerful executive women in America.

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Asian-American Professionals Are Under-Rewarded Given Their Potential

Asian professionals are perceived by employers to be highly productive because of their strong intellectual capital, strong work ethic and reliability. But they are usually not on the "top of the list" for management position considerations due to a belief that Asian professionals lack leadership skills. But these "leadership skills" are not

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A Trip to Beijing Elucidates Why Asian Students Lack of “Voice” in Classroom and Job Search

As I've been touring the historical sites of Beijing (the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven) and driving through the streets of today's Beijing, I have seen first hand how our cultural history affects how we think, feel and act today. My work allows

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Working in Diverse US Teams

Time and again, when I work with cross-cultural individuals, especially non-Americans, the issue of team dynamics emerges. Many note Americans can leave others out of the conversation and decision-making. Especially for those from cultures that are group-oriented and less individualistic, there is a befuddlement about how Americans, especially American men, will

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Networking Must: Permitting Yourself to do the “ASK”

As I teach many talented international individuals about American job search networking -- what it is and how it works -- most quickly understand why they need to do it. But doing it? Going out and doing it? It just feels wrong to be so direct and aggressive. The

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In Meryl Streep’s Own Words…

Meryl Streep is a heroine of mine, who symbolizes elegance, wisdom, tenacity, conviction, passion and freedom. Here are some of her quotes from imdb.com that evoke contemplation about the contours of leading our lives, especially as a strong, talented and self-knowing woman.

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What’s Your Story? – For Job Search or For Finding Your Passion

Some have asked me how I do such different kinds of coaching, from job search, to life transition, to executive coaching, expecting they are so different. Yet for me, there is a strong link. That commonality is in defining and owning our story. It's usually right there in front

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Why MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Rings True for Each of Us…Today

In my work in leadership development and cross-cultural communications, I see everyday, the greater opportunity for a "we" approach. The solution is simple. Doing it, however, is the challenge for each of us. So what is this solution? The solution is found in the words of Dr. King's

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A New Year State of Mind

New year resolutions usually compel us to think about what we can do better than what we have done. Most people I know don't create a new year resolution with glee and excitement.