In childhood, as an Asian-American, humility, deference, and respect were key values. When I entered the working world, I assumed those values and my hard work would be recognized. I was surprised to find that peers, whose work appeared inferior and who wasted a lot of company time, were getting promoted over me.
At the university, I excelled in science and math, and obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Davis. When I entered the working world, I needed more to excel. I needed to grow in social skills and to improve my written and verbal communication skills. I knew about unwritten rules in the workplace, but I never saw the list and no one was there to guide me.
Over time, I learned to determine what I wanted and needed and how to market myself. 1) I found that I should not just focus on good values and hard work. 2) I wasn’t wasting valuable work time by cultivating relations with fellow workers and leaders. 3) I had some areas that needed improvement. These lessons helped me transition from being a research engineer to a production engineer to a process control engineer. They helped me move into supervisory and management roles in Engineering, Information Technology, Project and Program Management, Human Resource Development, and Change Management.
I have been trained and certified as a Registered Corporate Coach. Using tools I have learned, as well as years of work and life experience, I am able to help people have more fulfilling careers. I wish that I had had such a coach to mentor me at various stages of my working life.
I am located in the San Francisco Bay Area and am happy to provide coaching in person, via Skype, or by phone.