Judy’s Blog Archive

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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.

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Career Women Deciding To Become Moms

It's a unique experience for each woman who faces this point in their life. The breadth of choices and considerations.  Fears and hopes.  Looking back and looking forward.  Consequences.  Trade-offs.  Our world of career (especially for us overachieving types) can suddenly collide with our hopes (and fantasy) of motherhood.

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Reaffirming Self in the Company of Friends

There’s something magical about sharing the contours of our deepest thoughts, hopes and fears with lifelong friends; friends whom you trust, with whom you share similar core values.

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Seeking Recognition is Self-Respect

We are all human beings, seeking responses for our actions. When we don't talk about the progress we've made at a team meeting, the team doesn't respond with an understanding of our humility and recognize the work that's been done.  Instead, we are met with puzzlement, disinterest and distance.  We become invisible.

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In Times of Difficulties…

"In times of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements." Choose to remember the good, choose optimism, possibility and joy...

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What is American Small Talk?

Perhaps one of the most confounding aspects of American culture for international students and professionals is our habit of "small talk". Well, American small talk is not about the conversation's content. Small talk is a way for us to feel comfortable with others when we first meet, to address the awkwardness