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Adrian's passion is to make leadership connections about topics that matter. His current job is to oversee leadership training and content development for an Asian American ministry organization. Adrian consults, writes, speaks, and designs content. He loves innovating, collaborating, and seeing a project through from start to finish. Adrian graduated with degrees from Stanford University and Fuller Seminary and lives with his family in sunny southern California.

Great Leaders Are Great Observers

This is Part 1 in a series on Listening Over my life, I’ve been fortunate to work with many leaders who are older and wiser.  Sometimes when people have that much experience, they’re tempted to be “advice dispensers” – to always need to educate, direct, and caution everyone around them. But many of the leaders I’ve […]

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Are You Drained or Tired?

Do you ever worry that if you give to others too much, you won’t have anything left at the end of the day? Author Dr. John Townsend addresses this common concern and some misconceptions about love in his book Loving People, which I recommend.  Dr. Townsend writes that it is normal to feel tired when we love […]

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Before We Criticize Our Leaders

I can still recall walking out of the leadership meeting, feeling deflated and invisible.  They just don’t get me, and what I’m trying to do, I thought to myself.  I felt frustrated, indignant, and angry. And then I did the exact same thing to a group of younger leaders.  I neglected to value and honor their […]

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Great Leaders are Great Observers

Here’s my hypothesis: the more we talk, the less we notice.  What do you think? Over my life, I’ve been fortunate to work with many leaders who are older and wiser.  Sometimes when people have that much experience, they’re tempted to be “advice dispensers” – to always need to educate, direct, and caution everyone around them. […]

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Less Is More

I’m sometimes shocked at how little I have to actually do in order to make an impact on another person.  When I coach leaders, I often find myself: Repeating back to them what I heard them say Simply acknowledging the challenge or value of what they’re doing Over half the time, I find that these things are […]

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Why Logic Is Overrated

The first chapter in my new book and guide, Facing the Demands of Leadership, covers the skill of “connecting with pain.”  In this chapter, I write about one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in leadership: Logic is overrated. It really is.  I’m a pretty rational person by nature, but over the past few years I’ve learned […]

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What Is Leadership?

I like to think and write about leadership a lot – I love that there are so many ways to look at it.  My passion is to make unique connections between these insights, and raise important questions for leaders to consider. So how about starting with this: Do you consider yourself a leader?  I’ve noticed that this […]

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Indirectness: Is It Good or Bad?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about indirectness, especially in communication.  Having worked in many Asian American and cross-cultural settings over the past two decades, I frequently hear people say that “Asians can be very indirect.” While I’ve experienced some of this first-hand, I never knew what to really do after that [...]

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