All posts tagged "Personal Growth"
New beginnings part 2: Barriers to a brighter future
Making the move to a new and better stage of your life and career without getting overwhelmed by the inevitable challenges and uncertainty the process it involves, is a challenge. Last month I wrote about the importance...
- Posted April 12, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ikigai and aging well
Photo © Elena Derevtsova Japan, along with many other countries in the developed world is experiencing a marked increase in the percentage of its population that is over fifty. With this changing demographic comes an increased...
- Posted November 2, 2011
Single vs Family: the right to choose
A recent article in The Japan Times suggested that Japanese people in their 20s and 30s are delaying marriage and family due to income concerns. I got married when I was 39 and had my first child...
- Posted September 29, 2011
To eat or not to eat? That is the question
In my efforts to eliminate the last ten pounds I gained while pregnant with our son, I have spent the last few years trying every diet imaginable. Despite modest success, none of these plans seemed to stick...
- Posted September 1, 2011
Creative living in Japan
Many people long for a more fulfilling life, yet few take advantage of the multitude of opportunities around them to create it. When I was living in Tokyo, this topic came up one day over coffee with...
- Posted July 29, 2011
Right-sizing your vision
Photo © Elena Derevtsova In this final installment of the Stressed in the City series I want to address an often misunderstood topic that is at the root of stress for many successful people – vision...
- Posted June 8, 2011
The power of purpose
Photo © Elena Derevtsova If you are in Japan, there are many pressing survive level concerns competing for your attention right now, so why should you bother investing any energy to think about cultivating a sense...
- Posted May 15, 2011
Closing your integrity gaps
Stress has become such a common part of life, that people are often not even aware how high their level of stress might be. No matter where you live, answering the following questions will provide you with...
- Posted April 1, 2011
Stressed in the city: part 2
Photo © Elena Derevtsova Last month I revealed the secret of leveraging your strengths to enhance your energy and immunize yourself against stress. This month, I am introducing another key stress reduction strategy: closing your Integrity...
- Posted February 28, 2011
Stressed in the city
Living in Japan can be both exhilarating and exhausting. No matter how long you have been here, living in a foreign country adds a layer of stress that you wouldn’t experience back in your home country. Case...
- Posted February 1, 2011
How many times have you started off the new year with high hopes and a long list of lofty resolutions only to end up frustrated by the end of the first quarter (if not sooner!) to see...
- Posted December 27, 2010
How to know when it’s time to go
Photo © Elena Derevtsova Should I stay or should I go? Not only was this a question I was asked by friends, colleagues and clients on a regular basis throughout my sojourn in Japan, it was ultimately...
- Posted November 29, 2010
Discovering the four passions
Photo © Elena Derevtsova Last month’s article on reinventing yourself mentioned four key Passions you must discover to recalibrate your internal compass and ensure that your next incarnation is more aligned with your authentic self. Here,...
- Posted October 24, 2010
Whether you arrived here to work, study, or simply have an adventure, your time in Japan offers the ultimate opportunity to reinvent yourself. But why bother?Like many accomplished professionals, you may have embarked upon your career...
- Posted September 28, 2010