Author: Masa Gong

Be mapless.

I recently read this interview with Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, where he shares his opinion about the single most important trait of intelligence. Intelligence as the confidence to change your mind in the face of new information and circumstances? I love it and I believe it too!  But not because of what you think….

You can’t manage a secret!

You can’t manage a secret!” Alan Mulally This quote from Alan Mulally is my new favorite mantra.  It comes from his time as Ford CEO and helming their legendary turnaround in 2006. I really value candor, openness, and straight talk.  With my clients, with my friends, with my leaders, and co-workers.  Yes, I am a born…

5:1

I recently received this note sent to my leaders – unprompted, unsolicited.  Highlight of my year.  A few words that I will never forget for the rest of my life. By way of intro, I lead our global partnerships with [redacted company names]. I wanted to proactively reach out to you and share some thoughts…

Bees do it, birds do it.

Did you know that most coaches in the US do not pursue supervision? Doctors do it. Therapists do it. Counselors do it. Europeans do it! Supervision is new to the US coaching industry and is an important way to maintain or elevate the development of your coaching as well as your well-being. “Coaching supervision is…

Lessons I’ve learned from leaders…

Tim, Sheryl, Omid, Alexandre, Sukhinder, Daniel, Gonzalo, Kate, Kate, Margo, Susan, Larry, Sergey, Eric, O, Anthony, Johnny, Stanley, Richard, Stacy, Anish… I’ve had the privilege of working with and observing closely some of the most successful corporate leaders of our time. Here are three things they all have in common: Humility. So many were unafraid…

Feeling end of year stress? Keep coaching!

It may seem obvious, but helping others with their emotions can improve your own ability to self-regulate and take perspective. New research shows that helping others with their emotions by using perspective taking, reframing, reappraisal (even just over email!) can benefit your very own well-being and decrease the blues (Borre, Morris, Burr, Picard, Ochsner, 2017).So keep coaching!…

Women don’t ask.

My 7 year old niece drew this for me. It is one of the most precious things in my apartment. Notice her correct usage of ‘than’ versus ‘then’ and the heart exclamation point. How optimistic, how loving, how inspiring, how girlie. I hope and pray she grows up to be a self-authored, self-determined, sovereign woman…