We had the good fortune of connecting with Sohee Jun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sohee, how do you think about risk?
I think about risk taking so differently than I used too in my 20s and 30’s. And, as a leadership coach to highly ambitious women and emerging leaders, risk is something I coach my clients on and help unpack into manageable actions quite often. And, because it’s such an important question, I also talk about in great detail in my book, “Mommytracked: How to take authentic risks and find success on your terms”.
Like many people, I used to really fear taking risks. Whatever the “risk” was, it used to leave me feeling scared, small and overwhelmed and I didn’t want to take that step. Through my career and through taking many big risks like stepping off the corporate wheel or finding another career path or smaller risks to taking on a scary project or new client…I’ve learned to look at risk as a series of experiences in which you learn what the “right next step is.”
We have such a loaded negative bias toward risk taking and the word itself may bring up feelings of nervousness and caution but how I coach my clients to think about this is to take a micro action. When you taking of taking that risk, it typically feels scary because it’s important to us and so if we can think about the next steps / next micro action that feels right, then we can move forward in increments that feel attainable and less scary. Each step is data for the next move and so if we can break it down and reframe our mindset to look at risk as “data” about what to do next, it feels less dangerous, less scary and more manageable.
I developed this framework by taking risks of my own in my life and career from having kids to moving to another company or leaving the corporate world altoghter to start my own firm – these hard won risks have taught me that it’s scary because it matters to us and that the way through it is to break it down to manageable steps AND reframe the thought of risk from scary to data. That each movement forward is data about the next best step and this framework has served me tremendously and my clients to reframe it for themselves and to move forward with intention.
The biggest risks feel the scariest because we care so much about it and those are the instances that I have leaned into and explored because taking those risks and steps usually bring the biggest rewards.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What I do and the value I bring is that I serve as a leadership coach to high potential women and emerging leaders (at the Manager, Director and VP levels) to help them go from good to great and to achieve their professional goals. I help people get unstuck so that they can move forward with clarity with the strategic and practica tools they need to succeed. (I’ve been a mid-level leader so I understand the unique challenges of that sandwiched leadership role in which the challenges are many, so I coach from experience AND expertise.)
– I also serve as a team coach. Our world, especially given the events of 2020 – pandemic, protests and more… is asking for leaders and teams to show up differently. I specialize in equipping teams with ability to quickly see productivity in ways they haven’t experienced before, with collaboration and clear community so that they can achieve their goals.
– I also provide customized workshops and facilitation for offsites for leadership retrea.
– I do speaking engagements on: Mommytracked – how to take authentic risks and find success on your terms (available on Amazon).
So, these are the services I provide and what I specialize in but what I’m known for is my ability to rapidly and authentically connect with my clients so that they can start actualizing their goals. I’m also known for my empathy, my resilience and my vast background that allows me to connect deeply with my clients and to provide a unique and customized solution.
What I’m most proud of is the difference I get to make in the lives of the clients I get to work with. They have shared with me their valuable time and put their trust in me so I don’t take that lightly. I am honored to be able to work with some of the world’s best companies and individual clients who have achieved their professional goals through working with me.
I can do that rapidly by the way I approach my work and my clients with deep authenticity and connection. This is also what sets me apart from big firms that have a canned or boxed approach with their clients…I customize and adapt every strategy to the unique needs of the people and teams I work with by pulling from my experience as a leader, my theoretical background, + my actual experience in working in many different corporate industries.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting me in Pasadena, I’d have us check into a really lovely hotel – perhaps the Langham and do a combination of the following:
– hitting the beach (Newport Beach and Redondo and visit Santa Monica)
– going to eat in DTLA (Manuela is a fantastic restaurant, as is Redbird)
– go shopping at the Grove or Palisades for some really trendy fun as well as Abbot Kinney
– take her to breakfast at Kitchen Mouse or Urth Cafe
– eat a phenomenal sushi dinner at Nobu in Malibu
– go hiking at Griffith Park and see the Hollywood sign
– go to a drive in movie (in Glendale)
– go to Koreatown for some of the most fabulous Korean food
Given that there aren’t many things open due to Covid/Quarantine, this is the best I could come up with. LOL
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, my kids Tyler, Emma and Noah are my lifeline! They make me laugh, bring me so much joy (and sometimes frustration!!) but they are the reasons I do anything and everything.
I have a special tribe of friends, family and colleagues who cheer me on and who support me and they are so special to me. My sister, my best friend Sharon and my colleagues – too many to name.
There’s also a book that really inspired me and that I share with as many women as I can – Playing Big by Tara Mohr. This book came at just the right time in my life and I go back to it every once in a while to remind myself that when things get challenging, I can tune back into my inner guide to know what to do next.