The most important jobs, people shouldn’t see

The most important jobs, people shouldn’t see

I LOVED the film #suzume. Privileged to attend a private screening, every person in the fell in love with director Makoto Shinkai. He said so many wise and endearing things in his hour on stage. But it was when he made this statement that I became enraptured:...
The Chinese Word for “Creativity”

The Chinese Word for “Creativity”

I used to frequently write #WorkplaceChinese posts, dissecting Chinese phrases to unearth multidimensional meanings. They’ve slowed down but recently, someone asked me to post about the Chinese word for “Creativity.” Great question, Jozef! The...
Stop with the Brutal Honesty. 

Stop with the Brutal Honesty. 

I grew up in corporate hearing this phrase, and it was generally seen as a good thing. That’s because Brutal Honesty signaled that someone was being candid, direct, helpful. However, I don’t thinks this is accurate; by definition, anything brutal isn’t helpful,...
Send your teen to China with us!

Send your teen to China with us!

I’m crazy proud of Laini (so not a Chinese tiger mom). See, after we did a service project in Guatamala last year and she discovered the concept of tour guides amidst the jaw-dropping artistry of Holy Week, my 14yr old decided to found a tour group. Because she...
A whole day invested in… ME

A whole day invested in… ME

Closing the office/stores for one whole day is worth millions of dollars, and that’s what the best companies do. When I was at Starbucks, Howard Schultz closed stores for a day to invest in discussions on racial bias. McCann invests annually in the Day for...