Making an Ikigai Connection with a Nihongo Jobs Expert

I recently interviewed Kasia, the inspirational and dynamic creator of Ikigai Connections and the Nihongo Job Board, to get the story of her journey in Japan-U.S. business. Kasia is committed to helping people link their careers to their interest in Japan with Career Ikigai. The full interview is below. Tell us about your background with Japan and how you came to be where you are … Continue reading Making an Ikigai Connection with a Nihongo Jobs Expert

Human-Centric Work Environment

For the past several months, I have been co-authoring a series of articles with Yoko Kawai, Lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of MIRAI Work Space. We’re focusing on “Human-Centric Work Environment: Design and Technology.” The series discusses ways for us to stay healthy while working in the New Normal that the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated by taking advantage of both spatial design and … Continue reading Human-Centric Work Environment

Tech Fluency

Technological Fluency That is a mouthful. I call it Tech Fluency. What is Tech Fluency? Let me define it by looking at its components. Technology: Techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives. Fluency: The quality or condition of being fluent. In addition, it is also defined as the ability to express oneself easily … Continue reading Tech Fluency

More Key Success Factors for Working Globally

In my last article, I wrote about key success factors for working globally based on a workshop I delivered recently. I focused on a simple exercise to demonstrate using empathy as a better way for team members to find common ground and understanding. I would like to continue with some other factors that play a part in global team dynamics and suggest ways to mitigate … Continue reading More Key Success Factors for Working Globally

Key Success Factors for Working Globally

I have been working on diverse teams for decades; first as a business analyst on global technology projects, and now as an independent Japan-US business consultant. Initiatives or projects that are scoped and budgeted oftentimes fail, are not as successful as they can be, or are fraught with challenges due to team dynamics. There are numerous factors that can contribute to the dysfunction of a … Continue reading Key Success Factors for Working Globally