Katheryn Gronauer, of Thrive Tokyo, is an executive coach who supports high-level professionals to understand Japanese work culture and how to live a better life in Japan. Katheryn walks us through both the environmental and emotional drivers connected to life as an expat and more importantly, suggests strategies for you to try today that could bring you greater joy and success at home at and the office in Japan. This episode was full of learning, even for a seasoned Japanese based professional like me. One of my biggest takeaways was to re-design conversations around performance metrics by using examples rather than one liners. Listen on to know the full context.
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A deep thank you to Katheryn for not only so generously donating her time but also for the important work that she does to help people live their best life in Japan, both on and off the clock.
Below is the list of our conversation so you can quickly navigate to find what is most relevant for you.
💡11:30 | Navigating the "Expat Life Cycle" and life after the honeymoon period. 💡12:40 | Challenges around implementing change and achieving speed as a foreign executive. 💡21:08 | Balancing your unique role to catalyze change with expectations of the local office. 💡24:20 | Is the goal to develop a truly global organization when local processes are so influential? 💡28:30 | The changing face of the working environment and global talent in Japan. 💡31:42 | The 4 common expat headaches; communication, meetings, performance metrics and relationships building. 💡38:00 | Redesigning conversations; explain with examples of success stories to manage expectations. 💡42:45 | Managing unsaid expectations with your Japanese team, even in times of COVID-19 and social distancing. 💡47:30 | The role Japan can play in building your global career. 💡49:30 | Insights for expat who were to start their journey today.