We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Hayashi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I feel like just saying, “it’s complicated”. I have a million ideas always ruminating in my head and have to make myself stop and focus – which means I “give up” on things ALL the time. Then there are other times when I think it would be so much easier to be an employee – to not have the responsibility of others or an organization. In the end, you never know what the right decision is, you just have to find what drives you and use it to guide you. I continually use our vision of “inspiring learning, leadership, and service” as a guidepost – and remind myself of the positive work that we are doing. We have been so fortunate to have so many wonderful clients provide testimonials and I know I can always refer to them to motivate me to keep going. To sum it all up, I still have a strong drive to accomplish, and until that fire goes out, “giving up” will always just be a way of saying “coming soon”.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I want the world to know that leadership development isn’t just about building the skills for a leadership position. It’s about finding and connecting with who you are, not who others want you to be. It’s about understanding others and how to work better together. It’s about being able to listen. We train to build skills, but we care most about facilitating a process that allows people to develop their capacity as individuals and as leaders.
This is so important because it’s not hard to find something wrong in the world every single day. We strive to design curriculum and facilitate processes that aid individuals and groups in exploring ways to be better and to work better together. Ways to help us all flip negative narratives to positive ones, provide practical ways to implement knowledge, and inspire learning, leadership, and service in all aspects of our lives.
Our curriculum may change, but whether we’re with students, teachers, non-profit leaders, volunteers, managing partners or executive teams, our focus will always be on our vision of inspiring learning, leadership, and service. We believe that if we do this, we can help provide inspiration to everyday folk like you and me. Regular folk who may not have the wealth or charisma to finance or lead a national movement, but want to make a difference. Those of us who want to improve relations at work, to have our voice heard, and find ways to appreciate others that are different from us. It is through this work that we strive to start positive ripples that reach far into our communities and the world. We hope you join us!
PS. We’re only able to do all of this because of amazing people. Those that come to work at Leadership Inspirations care and believe deeply in the work we do and the people we serve. The people we work for are beyond amazing. They inspire us, they motivate us, they are the reason that we continue to be committed to providing relevant and researched content. When you work with people who are striving to grow, develop their teams, and be better individually, you can’t help but want to do your best work for them. We build our programs with our clients’ needs at the forefront of our design process and this has not only built strong working relationships, but the biggest success is being able to call so many of them friends! (maybe a little sappy, but seriously, so true!)
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s so much to do plus factoring in driving/traffic! Here are my top 7 things I would do:
#1: Dodger Stadium!
#3: Museum of Tolerance
#4: Staples Center (preferably to watch the Clippers, but the Lakers or Kings will do)
#5: USC (and stop by the Coliseum for a game)
#6: Newport Beach
#7: Little Tokyo
Anything you do, just search around the area and pick the best food options…make sure to eat a dirty dog, visit Lemonade or Big Belly Deli down by the beach, definitely some (REAL) street tacos, Korean food after visiting the Museum, and have some Japanese food (Fugestsu-Do for some good mochi dessert!) in Little Tokyo…but also, I love Spitz there too!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many to mention…but I would remiss not to mention Kenna Cottrill, Angel Meraz, Kari Lev, Sean Gesell, Marlene Garza – for being there to help get Leadership Inspirations off the ground!
Michael Kawada, Rick Martens, Mike Munson, Mark Maier, Jayne Shim Nekota, and my family (Elias, Mom, Dad, Kristyn & Cory) for all their support and guidance through it all.
And lastly, but certainly not least, our dedicated clients! With a special shout out to the very FIRST ones that believed in us (and STILL work with us 13 years later!)…Joe D’Amelia, Stephen & Sheryl Glass, Colleen Hayashi, Julie LaBelle Sprouse, and Denise Gunter. You are the BEST!!