How often do you question yourself, what you are doing or the decisions you make? If you’re anything like me, these questions often come from a little voice inside my head — my inner critic — that judges what I do.

My inner critic likes to compare — it likes to hold me up next to someone whom I admire and point out every way in which they are successful and every way I am not. …

Earlier this week I fell into the Instagram rabbit hole. Late one night I was scrolling through photos and clicking on different links when I came across a Youtube video by Jodie Fox, the founder of Shoes of Prey. The title of the video was ‘Do everything before you’re ready.’

Jodie describes how sometimes (most of the time!) what holds people back is fear of failure and the idea that whatever you are working on needs to be perfect before it’s finished. Instead she advocates jumping straight in and doing everything before you’re ready.

This idea really resonated with me. I often hesitate to put something out into the world before I feel it is completely polished. I’ve found this hesitation can slow down my progress or even be fatal to my idea. Struggling with the finishing touches to make my project perfect, it gets put in the too-hard basket never to be seen again. …

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Last year (2016) Debby spoke to us about opening her new restaurant il Fumo - this year she’s launching La Dotta. Nothing stops this Bangkok-based foodie and restaurateur!

Debby and her husband Choti are the founders and owners of the Foodie Collection group which also own Vesper Cocktail Bar & Restaurant and il Fumo Charcoal & Cocktail. …

This is something that I’m still working on so I can’t claim to have all the answers just yet, but it’s also something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

I have always been a ‘YES’ woman. I’ve always strived to keep the doors open to opportunity and am of the opinion that you can never have too many options. I know the value of relationship building and know that often opportunity can come from chance encounters — the conversation with a woman you met in the coffee line, the new guy at yoga, or the polite email requesting coffee.

However I have started noticing that more often than not, when I take time out of my working day to have coffee, provide advice or review a document (free of charge) that this shifts focus away from my work and I don’t gain anything from it. …

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AKIN ASIA’s community of female entrepreneurs and our networking series the Bangkok Breakfast Network was recently featured on Asia Tech Podcast.

Sparked by one of the hosts joining a Bangkok Breakfast meeting, where professionals gather to share breakfast and meet new people, the podcast spoke about the impact that female founders are having across Southeast Asia and highlighted the work of a few key leaders.

Take a listen here:

The Bangkok Breakfast Network is a twice monthly gathering of professionals to network, meet new people and share breakfast together. Every 2nd Tuesday morning before work we invite you to start your day with us over coffee and great food, chat with like-minded professionals and meet new people. Not a morning person? Don’t worry, neither are we, which is why we keep the events relaxed, casual and coffee fuelled!

“The trick I’m learning about life is that there is no trick.

You just have to keep running, or walking, or crawling, until you come out on the other side.

And one day, you realize, from a place of both terror and relief that the other side doesn’t even exist.

It sounds really beautiful metaphorically, but, literally, it simply isn’t there.

We are always on both sides of everything we have ever experienced. We can take 10 steps forward and be brought 20 steps back in a matter of hearing the first chord of a certain song on the radio. I thought the work I was doing would help me get to some other side of all of this, but I’m learning in patience that the work just helps me find peace with where I am.”

-Macalie Hutt

Have you ever been asked this question? Do you remember how old you were when you got asked it? Did you have an answer for it, or was it a question that caused you anxiety or a little bit of stress?

This is a question I have hated all my life, simply because I had no answer to it. I didn’t grow up knowing I wanted to be a ballerina, a doctor or a firefighter. …

“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”

Have you ever heard this saying? It serves as a reminder to identify the true purpose of the words being spoken. I might say “I’m great” but really, deep down I’m feeling terrible. The purpose of saying “I’m great” really means that I don’t want to talk about why I’m feeling terrible.

In situations where communication is uncomfortable or confronting, purpose can often be hidden in non-verbal clues such as tone of voice, body language or facial expression. …

As a new lunar year unfolds and across Southeast Asia water celebrations are held traditionally to wash away old misfortunes, change is in the air. The New Year festival locally known in Thailand as Songkran, goes by different names across the region and is a festival to celebrate another year passing.

The word Songkran comes from Sanskrit meaning transformation or change. Before the modern New Year water fights became popular, traditionally Songkran was a time for paying respect, for quiet reflection and self-awareness. It is a time to embrace change, to re-evaluate what is important to you and let go of old misgivings holding you back.

Sawasdee pi mai, happy Songkran.

Recently AKIN ASIA’s Director wrote an article titled Why leadership STILL matters. In it she wrote about the importance of acknowledging “that leadership is not something confined only to CEO’s, political figures, or popular sporting personalities. Everyone is a leader in their own way, not only those who are outspoken and charismatic, but also those whose softy spoken words prompt and inspire change for the better.”

After posting the article in a few groups, people started commenting and sharing ideas of their own on leadership. Here are a few of the insights we discovered:

  • Empathy is key to leadership and the cultivation of empathetic intelligence is…



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