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Trust was the key theme that emerged in our 70+ engagements and 28 trips in 2018. Growing a creative culture and team is possible when trust is built. In our second report, we reflect with gratitude on the journey we took with our clients and customers but also the trends we found in the past three years.
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When I start setting up the room with my prompts, it shakes up the room’s expectation a bit. They see play-doh, colorful SPARK cards, sharpies, fidget toys, color construction paper, origami bird, and more. This is clearly not going to be their usual meeting. Or as some said, the tables looked creative or chaotic. The messiness makes some people uncomfortable. They want direction. Clear directions on what to do next. But I have a method to the madness.  Every item I bring and...

I admit I am guilty. When things get busy, I find myself juggling emails, texts, and chat messages all at the same time. I try my best to determine what I need to do, want to do, and should do to make the most out of the limited time. I let my head buzz with various tasks and the danger is when I let that feeling last too long. While I pride on getting a lot of things done, in...

“I can see you smiling across the phone!” I remember someone saying that during a phone conversation one time. We never met before. And yes, I happened to be smiling at that very moment as I was taking notes during our phone call. But how did she know what I was feeling when I wasn’t even saying a word? How often does that happen to you? Someone catching what you are feeling. Understanding our emotions are important. A few months ago, I shared about how...

How often do you do things or want things too fast without thinking about them? In entrepreneurship, we talk a lot about how failing fast. In innovation, we celebrate fast success and scale. In our routines, we often want things ready at our fingertips and delivered fast. Even in our dating life, we want to meet our life partner faster by swiping left and right. Fast is something we always say we want and need. As a full-time bootstrapping entrepreneur, I understand how speed is...

Let’s try two activities. 1) Think of two of your favorite products and ask yourself: Where was that product ten years ago? Where was that company five years ago? 2) Take a look at the past hundred years of human history. What are two things that we still continue to do? I like asking these questions because they remind me of how fast things change and yet how little certain things change. For instance, have you noticed how language, storytelling, and music have always existed? In...

Somedays I feel a bit anxious about all the things I have not yet completed. About that project that took longer than I thought. Or that delayed decision that cost us time and money. Or that product that didn't sell fast enough to balance out the cash flow. The list goes on. When I seek fault, I am good at seeing it everywhere. The optimistic side of me says there is always room for growth. The other side of me...

"Wow, your work sounds awesome. I can see that you are really passionate about it. I can see it on your face!" "I can tell that you love what you do! Your positivity is so contagious." I have been hearing messages like these more and more lately from people that I meet. Initially, I used to be taken aback when someone said it. There were other good speakers too who had just spoken before me, and everyone else also introduced themselves and...

If we pause for a moment and ask why we see many interesting things with opposite truths. Isn’t it interesting how our workload has not decreased despite all technological advancements? In fact, it has only increased and we spend more days priding on living a busy life. Isn’t technology supposed to make our life easier and simpler? Why are we adding more work on our plates and still burning out from work and life? Have you noticed that most HR...

How do you draw a mountain? When I was growing up in Washington DC, I did not know how to draw it. However, my parents tell me that I started drawing mountains as soon as I moved to South Korea, and they’d be in every illustration I drew. What was different? Education? It was most likely the exposure and experience. DC landscape is mostly flat. To see any curve of a mountain, you have to drive out 2 hours to see the first glimpse of Shenandoah...

#Seoul Reflection Thank you Chosun Ilbo for inviting us to be a part of the 9th Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul last week! I am honored to have shared our vision to build a creative global workforce at the most prestigious international conference in Korea. Thanks to this opportunity, I even got to connect with the U.S Embassy Seoul’s American Center Korea to speak with a group of college students as a guest speaker about my entrepreneurship journey. I am humbled and reenergized. Participants’ questions...

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