Blogs by InnovatorsBox®

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Setting Your Team Up for Successful Remote Communication

If I was told that one day that I’d be taking my classes from the comfort of my bedroom, for a full year, I would have said, “yeah, right!”. Yet, here I am today, a year and a half into logging into my classes via Zoom, while sitting in my childhood bedroom where I used to daydream what it would be like to go to college.
Of course, there were downsides to having a remote college experience rather than one on campus.

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Featured

How To Reskill For Change By Learning How To Unlearn

Reflecting on the importance and art of reskilling — learning and unlearning — comes at a timely moment. The Covid-19 pandemic has permitted us to learn how important soft skills are, and, more importantly, increased our capability to adapt as fast as we can — which requires both the patience to learn and the humility to unlearn what we knew before. And as more jobs are opening up and more people are leaving jobs and launching new companies, it’s time to invest in our unlearning capabilities to reskill for change.

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Events

Beyond the Box | Creative Asian Innovators

Growing up as an Asian-American, I’ve struggled with what it means to be me – Am I too Asian? Am I too American? Why can’t I just be me? And what does it mean to innovate in your voice? Like all the past Beyond the Box series at InnovatorsBox, I’m excited to untangle how identity influences how we innovate and how you continue to pave new paths even if you don’t see someone who looks like you.

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Beyond The Box | Strong Female Innovators

March is designated Women’s History Month, and honors women’s contributions in society throughout history.

The U.S., along with many countries worldwide, celebrate the women who have been at the forefront of positive change. This month’s theme was – “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced,” and recognizes the women who raised their voices in the battle for women’s suffrage. While it’s important to celebrate historical achievements, it’s also essential that we reflect upon our current challenges with suppressing women’s voices — in business and society as a whole.

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BEYOND THE BOX | COURAGEOUS BLACK INNOVATORS

February is a Black History Month and this year it marks the 45th anniversary of celebrating the many accomplishments and achievements of the Black Americans.

Every year in February, America reflects on the continued struggle for racial justice. We add a social media post, follow along on trending hashtags like #blm or #blackhhistorymonth, and maybe even change our profile pictures to solid black for a day. But while those social gestures do help amplify the collective efforts of diversity initiatives, the systemic racism still persists in our communities and workplaces.

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Creativity and Innovation

Creativity, Parenting and Education Time

For those who want to succeed, planning is the best tool to reach your goals, ambitions and the position you want to be in the future. As a single mother, I understand how difficult it is to plan and accomplish everything as we desire; time is very scarce, money may not be enough, work always pushes our boundaries, and most importantly, our children need us. I know! Seems unrealistic. But trust me, it is possible.

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THE DETOXIFYING POWER OF CREATIVE JUICES

While people have different opinions on the work-from-home setup, I can definitely identify one common insight among my workmates and peers: not having to travel in horrendous traffic is a major win. Take it from someone who lives (and works) for efficiency, but spends roughly 3 hours in transit every day. When we were told to start working from home, my heart leaped at the thought of 3 extra hours of sleep. Well, at least, that’s what I thought.

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INTRODUCING: Paint My World

Great music is powerful. And as someone who gets a lot of inspiration from music, I’ve always wondered – why aren’t there more songs that tell how we feel as innovators, leadership, culture and team development? I’ve learned so much from powerful poetic and creative songs. It taught me lessons in life, love, relationships, friendship, and even mental well being. And while I adored the BTS, Disney Classics and Stromae that told a story, I realized one thing in common – best music is born out of real experience that one may have go through and if I’m hungry to find more songs that reflect a journey of innovators then we should create one

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INTRODUCING: MUSIC BY INNOVATORSBOX®

Does Listening to Music Stimulate Creative Thinking? There are many theories around the relationship between music and creativity. But we all know, and research has also shown, that listening to music can lower anxiety and improve our moods, overall. And tapping into positive thinking can foster breakthrough moments of creativity and could facilitate creative insights.

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Making Creativity and Innovation Accessible For All

Creativity and innovation are fundamental to humanity. Creativity is a way of living and being; it’s the process of turning nothing into something, making old things new, or doing something in a different way to get a different result. It can be as simple as thinking about an object differently or combining two objects together in new ways. Innovation is applying creativity within an organization – whether that be by developing products, services, processes or business models-to achieve breakthrough results and ultimately create value for others.

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WHY WE NEED TO UNLEASH MORE CREATIVITY IN KOREA

Do you know what BTS, Samsung, and KaKao have in common? They are all from South Korea and I am a die hard fan of all of them! And no, I am not biased by being a Korean American who happened to grow up in both Washington, D.C., and Incheon. I am a fan because they never stop innovating or inspiring others to share their own creativity.

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On Leadership

WHY PODCAST?

Often we only know what we know and our world view of society and workplace is limited because we only see people who look and think like us – we don’t have enough chance to think differently. And while 1:1 interviews are beautiful it doesn’t really give us a chance to expand our horizon by listening to new voices unless we intentionally doing so.

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RETHINKING CREATIVITY AS A SOCIAL IMPACT LEADER & WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

I get it. When you have a million decisions to make each week that can contribute to either saving someone from hunger or not, spending any time being creative seems like the last thing you should do. Your supervisor probably doesn’t appreciate you spending time doodling or bringing up the fact that daydreaming can be helpful for your data analysis.

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8 Creative & Sustainable Innovators You Should Follow For Earth Day (PART 1)

It’s no news that online shopping has been supercharged by the pandemic overall. But it’s not all glory for all retails and outlets. There’s been some obvious winners, like Jeff Bezos’ behemoth has emerged stronger than ever. But we also had a lot of small businesses and retail chains that weren’t as fortunate and those include businesses that failed to fully embrace online shopping and relied heavily on physical presences.

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Newsletter: Top Picks

Celebrating Where We Are Everyday

Who’s ready for the beach?:)

I hear you.
After a year of caution, almost every conversation with friends now is about the next travel plans, beach plans, and the plans of getting together with loved ones. I’m still at awe about how much time has passed and yet how swiftly we all adapted to our new way of working.

Before We Hit that Beach to Explore

Who’s ready for the beach?:)

I hear you.
After a year of caution, almost every conversation with friends now is about the next travel plans, beach plans, and the plans of getting together with loved ones. I’m still at awe about how much time has passed and yet how swiftly we all adapted to our new way of working.

Redefine What Leaders Do & Look like

As I work across all the leaders and teams, one conversation that keeps coming is of expectation: is it just me or has being a great leader become more demanding?

“Before, I used to just have to define and delegate the tasks well, and that meant I did my job well. Now, I also have to look out for how people feel. I do care about my people.

IS GETTING THERE FAST REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

Giving and receiving feedback is hard. Despite good intentions, we can hurt others and feel discouraged by others. Words are powerful.

I’ve experienced this myself—and continue to do so. While I love collecting feedback as a way to help me improve, I’ve also had “moments” when feedback makes me feel attacked or hugely misunderstood. I intellectually know I shouldn’t take it personally, and focus on the objective learning opportunity. But I always wonder how we can be more graceful in the way we give and receive feedback.

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Creative Resilience and Empathy

Leading By Compassion: 5 Ways to Prevent Burnout

Feeling tired and stressed is one thing, but when you and your team start feeling like every meeting is pulling teeth, lunch breaks become a thing of the past, and weekdays blur into weekends – it’s a sign of burnout.

Even if targets are met, you start to see usually enthusiastic team members go flat. They may even get cynical about the job behind closed doors.

The bottom line is, burnout is bad for business, yourself, and your team.

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entrepreneurship

8 Creative & Sustainable Innovators You Should Follow For Earth Day (PART 1)

It’s no news that online shopping has been supercharged by the pandemic overall. But it’s not all glory for all retails and outlets. There’s been some obvious winners, like Jeff Bezos’ behemoth has emerged stronger than ever. But we also had a lot of small businesses and retail chains that weren’t as fortunate and those include businesses that failed to fully embrace online shopping and relied heavily on physical presences.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Why We Created GIFs for Innovators

Creativity is often misunderstood to be manifested only through hands-on artistic output. I’m here to debunk that myth. Creativity is everywhere and is far beyond just painting, playing instruments, dancing to acting even though I love these domains as someone who is in music school at Berklee Music School pursuing my music business degree.

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Innovator’s Kitchen: 3 B Bevie Cocktail

On a scorching Summer’s night on June 28, 1969, police raided a gay club in New York called Stonewall Inn. This violent clash sparked weeks of protests, led by members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, fighting for safe places where they could be themselves without fear of prosecution. New York has now become infamous for it’s acceptance of different lifestyles, although there’s still a lot of progress to be made.

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well being & mental health

The 7 Types of Self-Care For A New Normal

I used to cringe when I heard the phrase “self-care.”

To me, self-care was synonymous with overconsumption of “luxury” products and a way to make people – especially women – feel guilty about attending to our needs. I don’t have time to have a spa day Barbara Blogger! (not a real blogger, but you know what I mean).

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Innovators Kitchen: Homemade Kimchi

Have you ever seen a food item that you didn’t recognize? A rush of curiosity (and sometimes fear) can overwhelm you as you ask yourself “Should I try it?” Oftentimes fermented foods, or foods that are processed using bacteria, are divisive for their pungent smells and flavors.

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