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Yee-Ming Tan, MAPP, author and executive coach. Her practice provides coaching services and leadership development training to senior executives. Recent clients include: Cathay Pacific, Goldman Sachs, Mead Johnson and Microsoft. Yee-Ming also publishes a series of tools, RippleCards, for people who choose to cultivate greater well-being in their lives.

Gracious and Kind in the 21st Century
March 25, 2010 – 10:00 am | 11 Comments
Gracious and Kind in the 21st Century

On a busy street in central Hong Kong, a car pulled out of a building as I walked past it. The driver stopped the car and let me pass. He looked at me, smiled, and …

Positive Psychology and the Chinese Mindset
January 23, 2010 – 11:43 am | 15 Comments
Positive Psychology and the Chinese Mindset

In my workshops, I find that Chinese executives are receptive to positive interventions but something about Chinese culture gets in the way of their pursuit of happiness, and until these concerns are addressed, their …

Get Happier with Your iPhone
November 23, 2009 – 5:36 am | 11 Comments
Get Happier with Your iPhone

Type in the word “happiness” on iTunes.com and you’ll discover a long list of apps on this topic.  There are two interesting apps developed based on positive psychology research: Live Happy and Gratitude Journal.
Live …

Battling Cancer by Intentionally Making Someone’s Day
September 23, 2009 – 10:11 pm | 3 Comments
Battling Cancer by Intentionally Making Someone’s Day

Conventional wisdom says we gain strengths from overcoming adversity, which I don’t disagree with. However, I also believe that tapping into our strengths helps us deal with adversity while going through it. From this …

Awe and Becoming Larger than Yourself
July 23, 2009 – 3:52 am | No Comment
Awe and Becoming Larger than Yourself

Barbara Fredrickson shared an intervention called positive portfolio during the first Positive Psychology World Congress last month in Philadelphia. I came home inspired to start my own portfolio. In her book “Positivity”, Fredrickson identified ten …

Positivity Begets Good Customer Service
June 3, 2009 – 7:57 pm | 4 Comments
Positivity Begets Good Customer Service

As I read Fredrickson’s book, I couldn’t help recalling a wonderful episode from my mini-vacation two weeks ago on a private rain forest island in Malaysia. I find restaurants a great place to practice positivity, and very often, receive great service in return. Positive customer behavior begets positive service. Here’s what I do in restaurants.

Create Your Own Luck
March 23, 2009 – 11:30 am | 8 Comments
Create Your Own Luck

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, much of what he says about successful people is little more than common sense: that talent alone is not enough to ensure success, that opportunity, hard work, family, timing and luck play important roles as well. From a coach’s perspective, the point about luck, timing and opportunity has a special relevance to the pursuit of flourishing lives for Chinese people.

Cultivating Curiosity: A Personal Experiment
November 23, 2008 – 12:15 am | 15 Comments
Cultivating Curiosity: A Personal Experiment

I found this quotation on a billboard in the City Hall Square in Copenhagen while on holiday there last month: “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.” Recognizing moments of fear or anxiety is simple enough but entering a state of curiosity is a real challenge for me, probably has something to do with my practical sensibility.

Might as well use them if you’ve got them!
September 23, 2008 – 12:15 am | 6 Comments
Might as well use them if you’ve got them!

Do strengths translate well to workplaces in China? I recently came across an experience in which the strengths-approach was challenged. “This assessment doesn’t tell me my weaknesses, it only contains strengths. I don’t get it! How can I improve if I don’t know my weaknesses?” Chen shouted from the back of the room.

Yee-Ming Tan’s Bio
January 1, 2007 – 12:08 pm | One Comment
Yee-Ming Tan’s Bio

Yee-Ming Tan, MAPP ’07 , is an author and executive coach. Her practice provides coaching services and leadership development training to senior executives. Recent clients include Cathay Pacific, Goldman Sachs, Mead Johnson and Microsoft. …

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