Judy’s Blog Archive

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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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Bringing Out Your Dragon in this Year of the Dragon…

The Dragon is the most powerful of all the Chinese zodiac animals, a mythical symbol of power, leadership and actualization. In this year of the Dragon, you are invited to unleash the Dragon that resides within you. (This is an audio/visual blog post)

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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.

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Rescuing A Heroine’s Voice Haunted by Tradition

...I don't think heroines choose to be one, they become one. For my Chinese mother, her heroism grew from her wanting to count as someone, in part because it's who she is, in part because she's come from a line of strong women who were so constrained by the limits set

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“God Bless You”

Recently I came across a situation that "woke" me up from my cultural assumptions as an American. I was purchasing an item at a convenience store where the person behind the counter was of South Asian descent. It was just the two of us, a slow pace in the store.