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How to Set Goals That Spark Joy

How to Set Goals That Spark Joy

If you walk into a room and ask 10 people what their personal goals are, chances are that 9 out of 10 of them will give you a To-Do List. Earning a certain amount of money, losing weight, getting promoted, buying a house, etc. When you press them on why and get to the...

Cross-Cultural Skills

Cross-Cultural Skills

I like thinking about the future - it's why I worked in the Tech industry in the early years of my career and why I gravitate towards innovative projects shaping the future.  It's also why I started my coaching practice, because I believe the future of leadership...

Choosing Rational Optimism

Choosing Rational Optimism

✨ On Rational Optimism ✨ Hi friends, It’s that time of the year. The time to wind down, reflect on the past year, and think about how to stay sane in the next year. And watch lots of Harry Potter / Lord of the Rings / Home Alone. Otherwise known as December.  ...

Side Hustles vs Side Projects

Side Hustles vs Side Projects

I hate the term “side hustle” because of the word “hustle”. Hustle implies burnout, low self-care, toxic work environments, and unrelenting standards. Funny enough, Millennials are know as the side hustle generation. (Side bar - I do not enjoy how much our generation...

On Mentors

On Mentors

A few months ago, I sent a reader survey about your experiences with mentorship and a few of you responded. I’ll share your responses below, as well as my own experience with mentorship.   👉🏼 My Experience with Mentors   What hasn’t worked: I’ve tried 3...

The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey

How leaders can use the Hero's Journey framework for their career journeys and leadership brand stories.     🚀 The Hero's Journey The Hero’s Journey is a formula for storytelling that most movies, novels and plays follow. Supposedly the study of hero myth...

How to Set Goals That Spark Joy

How to Set Goals That Spark Joy

If you walk into a room and ask 10 people what their personal goals are, chances are that 9 out of 10 of them will give you a To-Do List. Earning a certain amount of money, losing weight, getting promoted, buying a house, etc. When you press them on why and get to the...

What Mindful Leaders Can Learn From The World’s Oldest People

What Mindful Leaders Can Learn From The World’s Oldest People

In the book "Ikigai" by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, the authors interview residents of a Japanese village that has the highest percentage of 100 year-olds (Centenarians) in an attempt to understand the secret to their long life and happiness. Not only do...

On De-Prioritization

On De-Prioritization

The best definition of productivity that I’ve heard is this: it is a deep alignment between what you do and what matters to you. Put another way, it’s about doing the things that matter and de-prioritizing things that derail you or don’t contribute to your priorities....

On Habits

On Habits

Over the last year, as the pandemic disrupted our lives many of us have been re-organizing our routines, habits, and lifestyle to adjust to remote work, etc. In that period, you may have had to form new habits and if you’re like me also re-train yourself to have...

7 Exercises To Turn Negative Situations into Positive Opportunities

7 Exercises To Turn Negative Situations into Positive Opportunities

Whether you are an optimist or not, there is no denying that having a positive perspective in life can help you overcome difficult times. Within the workplace, this is more true than ever in this moment. While in some countries we seem to be turning a corner with...

On How to Counteract Second-Hand Stress

On How to Counteract Second-Hand Stress

When you were a kid, did you ever play a game of daring each other not to yawn or laugh when the other person was doing so? The whole premise of that fun little game is about how our brains are hardwired to pick up on other people's emotions. This is not just true of...

Zillennials: The Leaders We Need for a Changing World

Zillennials: The Leaders We Need for a Changing World

Ruth Oh Reitmeier is a Leadership Coach, Consultant and Speaker at Rice University     Ruth's Top Values Empathy Transparency Creaating Beauty and Order   How I know Ruth Ruth leads the leadership coaching program at Rice University to help students...

The Call For Human Leadership

The Call For Human Leadership

Kamauri Yeh is the Vice President of Global Women’s Brand Creative at Nike     Kam's Top Values Respect Human Leadership Care   How I know Kam Kam and I were introduced last year via text message by a colleague, as two “honest and strong voices” who...

Waiting For The Invitation That Never Comes

Waiting For The Invitation That Never Comes

It's taken me a long time to have the energy to write this blog post about the rising hate crimes towards Asian women in Western cities.  I kept waiting for the invitation from friends or colleagues or acquaintances to check-in on how this felt for me and for others...

The End of Performative Leadership

The End of Performative Leadership

Ambika Pai is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mekanism     Ambika's Top Values Intuition Authenticity Inclusion   How I know Ambika Ambika and I met in our very first job out of college at an advertising agency in Chicago.  As ambitious 23 year-old...

Why Blogs Still Matter and How to Get Started

Why Blogs Still Matter and How to Get Started

  Claude Fidelin from Black Negotiator and Nancy Choi from Millennial Exec   It may seem like the era of blogs is dead, but we are two content creators who are here to convince you otherwise.  In this special blog post collaboration, both of us talk about...

The Path to Effortless Leadership

The Path to Effortless Leadership

Nic Maisano is the Founder & Managing Director at Effortless Labs and Partner at Cultivating Leadership     Nic's Top Values Love Optimization Meaning   How I know Nic I met Nic 10 years ago on our first day of orientation as full-time employees at...

Zillennials: The Leaders We Need for a Changing World

Zillennials: The Leaders We Need for a Changing World

Ruth Oh Reitmeier is a Leadership Coach, Consultant and Speaker at Rice University     Ruth's Top Values Empathy Transparency Creaating Beauty and Order   How I know Ruth Ruth leads the leadership coaching program at Rice University to help students...

On Holistic Leadership

On Holistic Leadership

Carren O’Keefe is Executive Creative Director at AnalogFolk     Carren's Top Values Empathy Togetherness Play   How I know Carren I was connected to Carren through a network of female American expats living in Amsterdam.  Her professional...

The Empowered Woman

The Empowered Woman

Lesley Stonier is the Founder and Storytelling Coach at Lesley Stonier Ltd.     Lesley's Top Values Integrity Courage Excellence   How I know Lesley I met Lesley when I hired her to help me write my Millennial Executive founder’s story authentically. ...

The Call For Human Leadership

The Call For Human Leadership

Kamauri Yeh is the Vice President of Global Women’s Brand Creative at Nike     Kam's Top Values Respect Human Leadership Care   How I know Kam Kam and I were introduced last year via text message by a colleague, as two “honest and strong voices” who...

Kindness and Curiosity Matter in Business

Kindness and Curiosity Matter in Business

Matthijs Visch is the General Manager of Patagonia in EMEA     Matthijs' Top Values Love Growth Curiosity     How I know Matthijs   Credit: Charles Mackesy I met Matthijs while he was a General Manager (GM) at Nike in Europe and since then he...

The End of Performative Leadership

The End of Performative Leadership

Ambika Pai is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mekanism     Ambika's Top Values Intuition Authenticity Inclusion   How I know Ambika Ambika and I met in our very first job out of college at an advertising agency in Chicago.  As ambitious 23 year-old...

Waiting For The Invitation That Never Comes

Waiting For The Invitation That Never Comes

It's taken me a long time to have the energy to write this blog post about the rising hate crimes towards Asian women in Western cities.  I kept waiting for the invitation from friends or colleagues or acquaintances to check-in on how this felt for me and for others...

Why Blogs Still Matter and How to Get Started

Why Blogs Still Matter and How to Get Started

  Claude Fidelin from Black Negotiator and Nancy Choi from Millennial Exec   It may seem like the era of blogs is dead, but we are two content creators who are here to convince you otherwise.  In this special blog post collaboration, both of us talk about...

The Birthday Edition

The Birthday Edition

Some reflections as I turn one year older.   🥳 How I celebrated: One of the benefits of getting older is knowing what you do and don’t like and making more choices around that knowledge. Historically, I did not like planning birthday parties. But this year, I...

The High-Performer’s Dilemma

The High-Performer’s Dilemma

I believe 2021 will be a turning point for high performers in the workplace... if we let it. High performers typically work long hours (70+ hours a week), set high standards for their work, and are highly self-motivated. Since the pandemic started and we've been...

A Eulogy to Mister Rogers

A Eulogy to Mister Rogers

Remembering a TV legend, a true pioneer, and a radically original content creator who might be the best example of healthy leadership that we have. - Dear Mister Rogers, - 18 years ago on this very day, you passed away from stomach cancer. When the news hit the...

Being Exceptional is Overrated

Being Exceptional is Overrated

This is a public service announcement. I officially give up on trying to be exceptional in my career and everything I do. That kind of self-inflicted pressure got me to where I am, but it won't get me to where I want to go next. So I hereby say good-bye to my...