That’s what I’ve done for decades, as a research director for Gartner (a global research and advisory firm) and, before that, as an award-winning inventor with tech giant IBM. During my corporate tenure, what I enjoyed most was connecting, coaching and consulting with clients to overcome tough challenges from a point of strength. After a recharging sabbatical, I decided to become an independent consultant and coach for a more meaningful contribution. How did I arrive at this point? It goes back all the way from my immigration to United States from China in my 20s.
After graduating with honors from the University of Montana, College of Business, in 2000, I was hired by IBM, which thrilled me beyond words. Imagine someone who grew up in a poor rural village at the foothills of the Himalayas, landing a respectable job in a large international company? And it’s Big Blue? It’s embarrassing to admit that I quickly became a workaholic, securing over 40 patents and multiple technical awards.
But it bothered me to know that my identify was being fully entangled with my job at IBM. To relieve my unease and high stress, I began mindfulness practices through yoga, Zen, and Tai Chi and went to many spiritual retreats. Over time, my practice shifted from a yearning for personal wholeness to our collective well-being. Eventually, I became a certified Yoga Teacher, received Five Mindfulness Training from the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, and became a visual artist.
In 2008, I participated in the IBM Service Corp Program and volunteered in Brazil. I was awed by creative and passionate social entrepreneurs who were making positive changes on a shoestring budget. Little did I know at the time that how much this experience changed my life views. I no longer felt satisfied with American dream of high achievements.
In 2012, I started working as a research director for Gartner, a prestigious global research and advisory firm. During my six years with Gartner, I helped hundreds of organizations ranging from startups to nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. I coached business and IT executives to create innovative business models, plan their business strategies, and design their information systems.
After 18 years of high-powered corporate work, I took an 8-month sabbatical from April to Dec. 2018. After much reflection, I decided to become an independent consultant and coach, using my two decades of business experience and mindfulness practice. My two parallel universes converge to a single point now to empower you to start positive changes through solid business strategies and skillful actions.