Professionals & Executives Blog Archive

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Teamwork Essentials in the 21st Century: And It’s Not About Technology

Team effectiveness is driven more by EQ and CQ (emotional and cultural intelligence) than IQ. Why? Because it’s the interpersonal skills that will draw out the fullest intelligence of the team. Setting operating principles, protocols and clear team goals are critical processes to ensure team members from varying backgrounds and preferences

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How I Prepare and Engage in Networking – A Perspective

I've had the wonderful opportunity to support many professionals and students as they embark and improve on their professional networking. It's the one thing we know we "should" do but it's one of the most challenging things to actually do. Trust me. I know. I still have to work

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Transition – A Dance with Aspirational Anxiety

Whenever we arrive at a new opportunity, whether it's a new job, a new school or a new life situation, we all hope for the best in our new chapter. Yet, at the very same time, we feel understandable anxiety in this place of the unknown. We have leapt, but

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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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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