Over the last 3 years I have had the pleasure and privilege to travel to S Korea to teach the Coactive Coach Training curriculum at the Korea Leadership Center. It’s a fun challenge because not only do I have to do the usual creating learning and personal growth experience for a room full of adults, teach them a new skill while changing their lives, I have to do it in translation. My audience speaks Korean mostly and I speak English and Vietnamese. Thank God for my beautiful and dedicated translators over the years.
But the real challenge lies in the adaptation of the Coactive philosophy into the culture. Don’t get me wrong everywhere we teach around the world, we face the same challenge, so it’s not unique to Korea. It just looks slightly differently from country to country.
Coactivity is about unleashing the individual’s potential, setting them free so they be the best that they can be.
Korean culture is about compliance, fitting in, and being appropriate.
Coactivity is about freedom, self expression, having clear boundaries, and living life fully and at choice (another word, have your own balance and say about your life)
Korean culture is about working hard, dedicating their life to their job or duty. That’s how South Koreans have lifted their society to be equal to the world. According to Forbes Magazine, South Koreans are the hardest working people. The average employee works 2,357 hours per year–that’s six-and-a-half hours for every single day of their life. And they get 3 vacation days per year!
The list of differences is long.
Let me just conclude by saying, these first 120 South Koreans, along with Ken and Susan Gimm (the founders of Korea Leadership Center), and the whole KLC office who believe in this dream of being Coactive in the world are courageous, tenacious, and committed. They are the change agents who step up to say “WE are great as is, WE have accomplish much. AND let’s find ways to enhance on our quality of life, express our freedom, and have even more fulfillment in our lives.”
This video clip is my congratulatory message to their Homecoming Party.