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Befriend Your Fears and Thrive

I was watching the movie, Monsters University, with my kids recently. Through the laughs, I saw some realities for us adult folks.  After years of living, each of us has come to own the one, two, or more things that scares the living bijiggers out of us.  Like the movie, our minds

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How I Became More Socially American: One Encounter at a Time

I was in seventh grade, at dinner at my friend’s house. At the table were her parents, my friend and me. It was a low key affair. We were having hamburgers. Across the table were tomatoes that I desperately wanted. My mind urged me to “just ask!”.

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My Daughter’s Initiation with Racism

My daughter talks about this older Caucasian man, in a Patriot’s sweatshirt, who came abruptly to the table my mother and daughter were sitting at as they were finishing their lunch and declared, “you guys are finished and you need to leave”. Both stunned, it took my mother a bit

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Want Engagement? Show That You Notice and Care.

After my leadership workshops, individuals who approach me tend to ask one fundamental question, "how do I get my boss to notice the work I do?". A deeper question they're asking is, "how do I know if I really matter?". Each one of us who breathes wants to know we matter.

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Recognizing Our American Cultural Bias For “Passion”

When I coach non-Americans, especially Asians, to interview effectively for a US job, I emphasize the need to express their "passion" for their work or their "deep interest" for a potential job. Nine times out of ten, when I ask about this passion, I see Asian students searching my face, seeking

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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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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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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