Asian experience post-Yinnan

What It Means to Be An Asian Woman in The Workplace

And What Businesses Can To to Create An Inclusive Culture   I have an uncommon, un-American-looking name. Many people whom I’ve met in person multiple times in a professional setting have never remembered or addressed me by my name. People often mispronounce my name without trying to figure out the correct pronunciation, or just choose to not engage with me at all to avoid embarrassment or discomfort. I used an English name when I was in graduate school, as did most of my Asian classmates, to make people’s lives easier. After graduation, I chose to keep only my Chinese name, ...

Crisis Simulations: Why practice can make all the difference

Imagine taking your driver’s test without ever having driven a car or taken a driver’s education course. You’d more likely end up straddled on a curb with a dented bumper than passing the test with flying colors, right? Had you practiced beforehand, you almost certainly would perform better in your road test. Why? Because practice gives you the opportunity to make adjustments and address issues that will improve your performance when it really matters. The same principle applies to crises, or events that threaten an organization’s reputation, assets, operations, and other measures of competitive advantage. Crisis simulations are training exercises ...

The Plague of Hate: What Now?

“You f*&#ing stupid Asian!” On a sunny afternoon in 2017, a man hurled this insult at me as I was crossing Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, minding my own business. I didn’t take it seriously at the time. It was my second year living in the U.S., and I thought I just had an unlucky day. However, the longer I have lived in the US, the more I realize that what I encountered that day was just the tip of a devastating iceberg. I didn’t have an unlucky day. The six Asian women killed in Atlanta nearly two weeks ago ...

When Facts Alone Are Not Enough: The Importance of “Soft Skills”

Nearly every rising business leader can talk to you about their technical skill (read: job) until they (and you) are blue in the face. It’s what they do and what they are good at. But technical skills, also referred to as “hard skills,” can only get you so far in a competitive environment. That is why accomplished business leaders are committed to strengthening their “soft skills.” Why soft skills matter “Soft skills” are those interpersonal and communication skills that help you translate your hard skills to build trust and convince those who matter most to work with you. Take the ...

Crisis Response Principles: Part I

The Feeling For most of us, the days start the same way. You turn over, turn off your alarm, and then check your phone or email notifications. Most of the time, the notifications you find are the typical daily intrusions or distractions. But imagine this. One day you read the email, urgent text chain, social media feed, or news story and you discover that your organization has found itself in a crisis that has the potential to jeopardize the future of the organization. A future you and your colleagues have worked so hard to create. Maybe it is a crisis ...

How Communication Professionals Can Win a Seat at the Table

The Dilemma If you are a communication professional, then you have probably experienced that moment of frustration when you’ve given vitally important advice to your boss, but it landed on deaf ears or they didn’t seem to be interested at all in what you had to say. You may also know that feeling when the event or consequence you warned the boss about actually happens, and then you have to scramble and try to fix something that was completely preventable. This frustration is common in the communication field and explainable. In some instances, the boss simply doesn’t know what you do. ...

The Logos Learning Center is Open for Business: Your Questions Answered!

This week, the Logos Consulting Group launched our new online learning platform, the Logos Learning Center. The Logos Learning Center is designed to help everyone bolster their leadership skills so that they can ignite and inspire those who matter to them to create positive change in the world. Below, we answer some basic questions about the Logos Learning Center to help you understand more about this online learning platform, why we created it, and how it can help you on your leadership journey.   WHAT IS THE LOGOS LEARNING CENTER? An initiative of Logos Consulting Group, the Logos Learning Center ...

2021 Will Be a Great Year

The year 2020 will go down in the history books forever. This year is riddled with so much emotion. (It has all of the elements of perfect storytelling; I have a feeling there is enough trauma, drama, ridiculousness, and entertainment here that someone may even make a Broadway play out of it many years from now. Who knows?) But in all seriousness, I want to start this blog post by channeling my inner Brené Brown and acknowledge that I don’t really know what to say, nor do I have all the answers. The fact is that so many of us ...

Logos Institute Press Celebrates the Launch of its Third Title ‘The Power of Genuine Leadership’

On Thursday December 10, Logos Institute Press held a virtual celebration for the launch of its third title, The Power of Genuine Leadership: How Authentic Leaders Earn Trust by Patrick Donahue PhD. It is also the third title in the Logos Institute Best Practices Series. Over forty of Patrick’s friends, former and current colleagues, and family attended the online event, which included a live Q&A with the author and remarks from special guest speakers representing different eras of the author’s career and leadership legacy. One special guest speaker, Kerry Burrell, was a student athlete on the men’s basketball team at ...

Logos Institute Press Publishes Its Third Title: ‘The Power of Genuine Leadership’

On November 4, the Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership Press published the third title in its Best Practices Series, The Power of Genuine Leadership: How Authentic Leaders Earn Trust by Patrick Donahue, PhD. The Power of Genuine Leadership draws upon Donahue’s doctoral research on the relationship between trust and authenticity, as well as his decades of experience working as a senior executive in leadership development at two global corporations. The Power of Genuine Leadership is an accessible, clear guide on how to effectively – and measurably – build trust and enhance one’s leadership ability. “It can take ...

Helio Fred Garcia on How Leaders Can Prepare for the US Election

Many crises are not foreseeable, but civil unrest after the election is and leaders and organization should prepare for this. On Monday, October 19, Logos president Helio Fred Garcia presented a pre-conference briefing on how to foresee the foreseeable and be ready for it when it happens around the US election at the Professional Speechwriters Association’s World Conference. During this session, Garcia helped attendees understand a mindset to help leaders think through what to do and say ahead of election day, how to organize their thinking (and schedule) for various Election-Day scenarios, and how to prepare for and respond to ...