Professionals & Executives Blog Archive

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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.

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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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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.