- New Zealand Will Give You a Free Trip If You Agree to a Job Interview
- Here’s your chance to make a difference in the lives of children
- Trainwreck (2015)
- My Life As A Zucchini
- Cate Blanchett plays CAROL
- Still Alice
- Collateral Beauty
- Fun events at Huis Ten Bosch This Spring!
- UME FESTIVAL
- Family Fun at the ISSH Family Festival
- Tokyo Marathon, Feb 26
- LA LA LAND
- The Meddler
All posts by Andrea Jacques
New Beginnings Part 1: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE
For most foreigners living in Japan, the time to leave eventually comes. Whether leaving out of desire or necessity, this transition can be fraught with stress. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. I’ll...
- Posted February 15, 2017
Have You Found Your Calling?
Vocation/ Calling: Vocation and calling are often used interchangeably because they have similar definitions. Vocation is defined as a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work and calling as a strong inner...
- Posted January 12, 2017
Create more meaning, fulfillment and impact in your work
While holidays are a time most people look forward to because they can forget about work, being away from work provides a great opportunity to gain some perspective on it and develop strategies to make it more...
- Posted December 22, 2016
The Rise of the Portfolio Career
Do you have a job but dream of building a career? You might be out of luck. Why? The traditional definition of what constitutes a career is becoming obsolete. Consider the following definitions of career: 1) a...
- Posted November 14, 2016
The meaning of work: OCCUPATION
How the words you use when thinking and talking about work influence your performance and fulfillment. Occupation: Defined as an activity that a person spends time doing, people who see work as an occupation tend to neither...
- Posted October 26, 2016
Saving your business without selling your soul
A few years back I spent most of August on a self-styled writing retreat at a gorgeous house overlooking the ocean on Vancouver Island. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or inspirational place to write....
- Posted June 16, 2016
Success by Accident: The Kintsugi Path to Soulful Success (part 2)
Last month you learned three of the three keys to which artist and entrepreneur Morty Bachar his ability to go from pottery beginner to building 23 successful pottery teaching studios across the country and growing Lakesidepottery.com to...
- Posted April 10, 2016
Success by Accident – The Kintsugi Path to a Fulfilling Life
On January 29th, I published my first book, Wabi-Sabi Wisdom: Inspiration for an Authentic Life. In brainstorming ideas for the cover image, my husband recommended the idea of using a photo of kintsugi, the Japanese art of...
- Posted March 12, 2016
“Wa” is a concept integral to understanding the roots of Japanese culture. Most often translated as “harmony”, the practice of wa in Japanese society involves maintaining peace, unity and conformity within the group. On many levels,...
- Posted February 23, 2016
The 8th Mindset of Workplace Transformation: Motivation vs. Inspiration
The eighth (and final!) mindset of workplace transformation addresses where people derive the energy and impetus for action from. At this time of year this mindset is relevant even if you are not a leader as it...
- Posted January 10, 2016
Transforming Work Part 7: TIRED vs GOOD TIRED
How do you maximize performance? Great leaders and the most successful and valued employees understand that high performance cannot be achieved or sustained without nurturing fulfillment. The seventh mindset of workplace transformation centers on shifting your focus...
- Posted December 10, 2015
Transforming work Part 6: Transforming the Tyranny of ‘To Do’
Ever had a day, a week, or even a year where you’re troubled by the nagging sense that you haven’t been truly productive, despite being incredibly busy? You are not alone. Whether you work for yourself or...
- Posted November 20, 2015
Transforming Work Part 5 – Slowing Down to Speed Up
Are you the kind of leader who is always putting pressure on your team (and yourself) to get things done faster? Research shows that this management methodology is counterproductive. Contrary to the deadline “rush” that is commonly...
- Posted September 11, 2015
Transforming Work Part 4: Purpose Over Profit
(This is the 4th article in a series on the mindsets of workplace transformation. Click to go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) The fourth mindset shift is one that leaders and employees at all levels desire, but have trouble sustaining – the shift from a...
- Posted August 14, 2015
Transforming Work Part 3: From control to creativity
The last two months have featured two key mindset shifts that forward thinking leaders and employees must make to have a positive impact on transforming their workplace. The first was to shift from a surviving work style...
- Posted July 10, 2015
Transforming Work part 2 FROM STATUS TO SERVICE
An ever-growing volume of research is demonstrating that if businesses are to thrive and profit for the long term, work must become a source of aliveness, not just livelihood, for each and every employee. To achieve this,...
- Posted June 8, 2015
Transforming work and workplaces
For more than 25 years now, I have worked with individuals and organizations to transform their work and their workplaces. In many ways the situation has improved. Technology has made it possible for people to work from...
- Posted May 11, 2015
Get real for big change
As a working mom, I am constantly bombarded with information about what I should be doing to be a good mother, wife and business person. I should always feed my family healthy, organic, creative meals, I should...
- Posted April 9, 2015
Beyond Rajio Taisou: New Directions for Creating Wellness at Work
Workplace wellness programs that focus on improving physical fitness are becoming commonplace in leading companies around the world. This is something that has long been known and practiced in Japan. Honda pioneered an approach where they enrolled...
- Posted March 11, 2015
A new perspective on planning
I have long believed that taking the time to clarify your vision, set goals, and map out strategies to get from where you are to where you want to be is an essential ingredient for success, but...
- Posted February 16, 2015
If you do X, then Y will be the result.
Mastering Soulful Success To succeed in the adult world, we learn how to push, plan, set goals, strategize, and work hard. These concrete skills teach us that there is a direct link between cause and effect –...
- Posted December 17, 2014
Lessons from a florist : 4 Ikebana principles to guide a happy life
I studied ikebana – Japanese flower arranging – for some time while I was in Japan. (At one point, I was even on a student visa and was meant to be studying 20 hours per week!) Unfortunately,...
- Posted November 10, 2014
The games we play s mother to a 6-year old, I spend a lot of time playing games with my child and his friends. Recently, I realized that the issues that get in the way of...
- Posted October 9, 2014
Honne and Tatemae
The concepts of tatemae and honne are deeply embedded in the Japanese psyche. Many foreigners living in Japan get frustrated by how difficult, if not impossible, it is to get behind the tatemae (the “face” that a...
- Posted September 10, 2014
The 5 Secrets of Enduring Companies
apan has the privilege of claiming more than 20,000 companies that are over 100 years old (and a few that are more than 1000 years old!), so it is no surprise that Japan has a specific word...
- Posted August 9, 2014
The Top 5 Barriers to Finding Work You Love
With 25 years of experience coaching people to create careers that align with their passions, I have encountered dozens of ways that people block themselves and the process. After a recent skype coaching session with one of...
- Posted July 12, 2014
Work Less Nap More
orkaholism is a tough nut to crack. Why? Unlike other areas like alcohol and drugs where people overdoing it is frowned upon, overwork is worn as a badge of honor in many countries. In North America, successful...
- Posted June 9, 2014
Crafting your spirit at work: The way of the Shokunin
iro Ono is a famous Tokyo sushi chef who, at 89, has no intentions of retiring unless he is incapable of showing up to work. His work brings so much meaning, purpose and joy to his life...
- Posted May 7, 2014
2014 – Year of Alignment
Living in modern society can be tough. It is stressful. A recent global survey of 1000 corporations across 15 countries commissioned by The Regus Group found that 6 in 10 workers have experienced increased stress in the...
- Posted January 1, 2014
Is FoMO Your Biggest Barrier to Success?
Living in Japan offers plenty of opportunities to get out, learn, explore and try new things. From personal experience, I know that saying yes to these opportunities can be a huge catalyst for expanding your career or...
- Posted December 15, 2013
Why Japan scores poorly in employee engagement
October is Healthy Workplace Month in Canada, so last month I was immersed in a sea of research, articles and best practices for creating healthy, thriving workplaces. When this annual promotion of healthy workplaces started thirteen years...
- Posted November 9, 2013
Less is More: End Decision Fatigue and Resolve Your Personal Energy Crisis
In a world overloaded with choice, one might be tempted to think that the more options we have to choose from the better. A growing body of research on willpower, decision-making, energy, performance and happiness shows the...
- Posted October 6, 2013
Bracing for balance
In today’s fast-paced world, most successful people you talk to would say that they would love more of one thing – balance. The challenge with achieving this balance is that balance, by definition, is about maintaining a...
- Posted September 12, 2013
Soul Success, Part 1: Define success on your terms
The biggest challenge with achieving success is that it is defined in reference to the traditional status quo. The assumption is that when you have the good job, the house, the car, the husband or wife and...
- Posted July 4, 2013
Tsubos, Spirit and Success
(This is an excerpt from the introduction to my forthcoming book, Crafting Your Spirit) It is easier to write a resume than to craft your spirit, But crafting your spirit makes resumes irrelevant, and success, on...
- Posted June 18, 2013
Kyosei, a personal practice
Living in Japan, one of the characteristics of the culture that I found most fascinating was the desire and ability to function harmoniously as a group. Far more so than in Western culture, Japanese culture promotes the...
- Posted May 1, 2013
The year of no excuses
We are now well into March and a majority of people have already fallen off their New Year resolution wagon. Most have good excuses for doing so and are still telling themselves that they will get on...
- Posted March 3, 2013
The dark side of ganbatte
“Ganbatte” is a seemingly innocuous word that every foreigner in Japan quickly becomes familiar with regardless of their level of Japanese. On the surface it appears to be a friendly motivational phrase that is used to encourage...
- Posted February 3, 2013
Out with the old
Japanese year-end traditions are one of the many things about Japan that have continued to play a big part in my life and work since I returned to Canada more than a decade ago. I don’t eat...
- Posted January 2, 2013
Learning to let go
Successful people often attribute their success to the tenacity with which they hold onto their vision, their principles, and their ideas about the right and wrong way to do things. Yet it is precisely this attachment to...
- Posted December 3, 2012
Don’t sweat the ‘chisai mono’
In our world, August and September are usually slow from a work perspective. Many clients postpone sessions due to holidays or because they are busy ramping their families up for fall. This year was a different story. ...
- Posted October 31, 2012
Red socks and tattoos
This past month I came across two very powerful metaphors – red socks and tattoos – that are trans- forming my choices in life and work. First, the socks – Red socks (or any other red item)...
- Posted September 28, 2012
Genki: part 2
Last month I gave you three tips for physical energy to help you get and stay genki. This month focuses on some less tangible strategies for ramping up your energy and enthusiasm in life and work. Ever...
- Posted July 31, 2012
O Genki Desu Ka? My top tips to increase energy for life and work
“Genki” is one of my favorite Japanese words. Despite being used as the functional equivalent of “How are you?” and “I am fine”, “(O) genki desu ka” and “Genki desu” have a much more inspiring undertone. Because...
- Posted July 1, 2012
Being jouzu: leveraging your talents for success
Any foreigner living in Japan quickly discovers the word “jouzu”, a Japanese word that means skillful or talented. When uttering any relatively coherent Japanese phrase, kind Japanese listeners eager to encourage your linguistic brilliance often exclaim “Anata...
- Posted May 31, 2012
The one thing
The first quarter of the year has already come and gone and hopefully you are feeling great about your progress so far. Unfortunately, you are far more likely in the 90% of people who feel like they...
- Posted April 2, 2012
Spring cleaning for peak performance
Spring cleaning your house is a great way to renew your energy and lift your spirits in the short term, but spring cleaning your time will enhance your energy, productivity, and results for years to come. So...
- Posted March 1, 2012
Love and other drugs
As Valentine’s Day looms and people around the world turn their minds to love and chocolate, the movie title, Love and Other Drugs, got me thinking about the various types of love and the different kinds of...
- Posted January 31, 2012
Why do resolutions fail?
Photo © Elena Derevtsova The majority of New Year’s resolutions fail for the same reason that so many businesses do – because people let their strategy limit their vision. Here’s a simple example. Jeremy determines what...
- Posted December 30, 2011
Criticize by creating
- Posted December 1, 2011