What I call “Team”and “Collaboration”

It’s a little late post but an experience I would like to share with you all.

I went to see the performance of Tafelmusik Orchestra (https://www.tafelmusik.org/) for the first time last April at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (http://www.tocentre.com/). Sitting in the front row, I was able to see the Orchestra very closely. Lead Violinist in front playing her own part yet leading the group so gracefully with her small yet purposeful gestures, and subtle eye contacts with the rest of group throughout the entire performance. No words needed…each member was focusing on their part, yet finding quick and right moments to make eye contacts with one another to make sure their beats are on points and synchronized.

That to me was a display of a “team” and what β€œcollaboration” can look like in its finest form. I am sure it’s not something they were able to achieve overnight. However, each member’s effort certainly shined through the music they were creating together. What I heard was not only this beautiful music, I was able to also feel their tremendous energy, passion and pride through their music. And I could see that they were having a great time! It certainly was that kind of team and the spirit that I would love to be a part of and to be able to create in a workplace.

What a pleasant evening it was, I will definitely go see their performance again! I highly recommend you do too. πŸ™‚

Tuflemusik Orchestra

Who am I…?

I live and breath in diversity.
I respect my surroundings.
I practice minimalistic living.
I provide a place to rest, play and live to those in need.
I clean the air for living.
I cope with challenges that life brings with best of my ability.
I know when to let go things to prepare myself for what’s to come.
I change to grow and mature.
I nurture what’s holding me to stand tall when reaching for the sky.
Who am I…?
My name is Tree.
And I am proud to be part of life on earth.

– Sarah Chun

Photo taken in British Columbia, Canada

My ideal workplace is…

  • A place that treats people as its most valuable asset
  • A place that provides me opportunities to challenge myself, learn new things and grow not only professionally but personally
  • A place that allows me to have a work and life balance
  • A place that encourages open communications
  • A place that see failure as an opportunity for teams to learn and grow from
  • A place that recognize and appreciate good people and good work
  • A place where there is team spirit

What’s your ideal work environment? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. πŸ™‚

A photo taken in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Leadership is NOT

  • Leadership is NOT about holding a position with a fancy title in an organization.
  • Leadership is NOT about being in charge and telling people what to do.
  • Leadership is NOT about having a loud voice and being right all the time.
  • Leadership is NOT about finding weakness in others and shifting accountability.

I will call you a leader if you stay relevant to the people you serve and work with, by engaging them regularly, listening and validating their needs carefully and creating a culture of collaboration by working on building trust and respect with everyone involved.

I will call you a leader if you work on empowering employees who have the needs, answers, knowledge and expertise in their field to make the decisions on how to get their job done, and done efficiently to best serve the need of our customers. You believe that best idea must always win regardless of your position, background and experiences.


Watching Sunrise From 92nd floor at Signiel Seoul in October 2018

Letter from my mom in 1995

I left home (Seoul, Korea) and came to Canada alone to study when I was 16 years old. This is the letter that my mom gave it to me in the morning of the day that I left home in 1995. It was an exciting yet quite difficult journey for a 16 years old girl, facing completely new life in Canada. I read this letter countless times throughout my journey and reminded myself of my mom who made a difficult yet brave decision to send her 16 years old daughter with only hope that I will grow to be a strong and bright women who not only knows how to take care of myself but also others in need, and be an independent, beautiful person with a good heart.

It’s first time sharing this letter, so I really hope you enjoy it. Take a moment to think of your mom and their unconditional love. I would love to hear your stories as well so please leave feedback/comments below. ❀ Thanks for reading!


Dear daughter,
My dear daughter,
Become a good, beautiful, strong and brave woman.
Even if everyone else is walking down the different path than yours, do not be discouraged. Walk on your own path proudly.
Choose your own path based on what you think is right.
And learn to love and accept those who are going down different paths.
Above all, learn how to love.
A place without love is hell, so learn how to love and use it every day.
More and more you use toothpaste, what you will end up with is an empty tube that you will throw away.
Love is different. More you use it, it will grow bigger and become greater.

Dear daughter! My dear daughter,
Do not think of and treat people as business.
Do not calculate what you give and what you receive.
Love is not the same as doing your Math homework.
Life is a series of meetings and departures, nothing more or less.
Many people end up filling up their lives with painful encounters and breakups.
Of course I pray that your life will be filled with happy encounters and good luck.
However, many people will come into your life and also leave your life one day.
Some may end up leaving you in bad terms,
Some may just disappear as time goes by – as the string that connects you and those are not strong enough and become thin over time naturally.
Some may build a strong relationship with you for a long time, but they may eventually leave your life due to death.
So, my dear daughter –
Remember no relationship is eternal in this life… and why its precious.

I have the responsibility and the right to love and respect you.
Please be careful not to lose yourself in your journey.
Dear daughter,
My dear daughter,
When you face the world, you will encounter both luck and misfortune.
I wish you all the best of luck, however,
Sometimes you may face misfortune.
Everyone feels cold rain on their shoulder sometimes.
Everyone faces challenges and difficulties in their journey.
You can prepare an umbrella for those cold rainy days that you may face, however,
Not always you can block all those pouring rain and prevent yourself from getting wet.
I believe that God is fair and he will not give you a heavy burden that you will not be able to bear.

Dear daughter, My dear daughter,
If you see sadness in your neighbour’s face,
Offer them a hot cup of tea.
You will be able to feel great joy in that hot cup of tea you offer to those in need.

Dear daughter,
When you encounter cold wind of trials, be courageous and brave.
Fight courageously and overcome.
When you overcome those obstacles and pass through those cold wind, you will become a more strong and beautiful woman than you were before.

Dear daughter,
My dear daughter,
I love you.

Love Mom.


λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
μ°©ν•˜κ³  아름닡고 μ”©μ”©ν•˜κ³  κ°•μΈν•œ μ—¬μžκ°€ λ˜μ–΄λΌ.
세상 μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ΄ λ„€κΈΈκ³Ό λ‹€λ₯ΈκΈΈμ„ 가더라도..
λ„ˆλŠ” 넀길을 κ°€λ©΄μ„œ, λ‚™λ‹΄ν•˜μ§€ 말고.
λ„€κ°€ μ˜³λ‹€κ³  μƒκ°ν•˜λŠ” 길을 μ”©μ”©ν•˜κ²Œ 선택해라.
그리고 λ„€κΈΈκ³Ό λ‹€λ₯ΈκΈΈμ„ κ°€λŠ” μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ„ μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜κ³  받아듀여라.
무엇보닀도 μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜λŠ” 방법을 λ°°μ›ŒλΌ.
μ‚¬λž‘μ΄ μ—†λŠ”κ³³μ€ 지μ˜₯μ΄λ‹ˆ, μ‚¬λž‘μ„ λ°°μ›Œ λ‚˜λ‚ μ΄ 써라.
μ‚¬λž‘μ€ λ‹€ μ“°λ©΄ 껍질둜 λ‚¨λŠ” μΉ˜μ•½μ΄ μ•„λ‹ˆκ³ ,
μ“°λ©΄ μ“Έμˆ˜λ‘ μƒ˜λ¬Όμ†Ÿλ“― μ†Ÿμ•„μ˜€λ¦„μ΄ μ‚¬λž‘μ΄λž€λ‹€.

λ”Έμ•„! λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
μ‚¬λžŒμ„ μž₯μ‚¬λ‚˜ μ‚¬μ—…μœΌλ‘œ μƒκ°ν•˜μ§€ 말아라.
λ‚΄κ°€ 이만큼 μ£Όμ—ˆλŠ”λ°
μ €μͺ½μ—μ„  아무것도 κ°šμ•„μ£Όμ§€ μ•Šμ•˜λ‹€κ³  μ…ˆν•˜μ§€ 말아라.
μ‚¬λž‘μ€ μ‚°μˆ˜ μˆ™μ œκ°€ μ•„λ‹ˆλž€λ‹€.
μΈμƒμ΄λž€ μ•Œκ³ λ³΄λ©΄ λ§Œλ‚¨κ³Ό ν—€μ–΄μ§μ˜ 연속일뿐
κ·Έ 이상도 κ·Έ μ΄ν•˜λ„ μ•„λ‹ˆλž€λ‹€.
λŒ€λΆ€λΆ„μ˜ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ€ λ‹€μ†Œ κ³ ν†΅μŠ€λŸ° λ§Œλ‚¨κ³Ό μ΄λ³„λ‘œ 인생을 λ©”κΎΈμ–΄κ°„λ‹€.
λ¬Όλ‘  λ‚˜λŠ” λ„€κ°€ 쒋은 λ§Œλ‚¨μ˜ ν–‰μš΄μ˜ 생을 μ‚΄κΈΈ 두손λͺ¨μ•„ 빌고 λΉˆλ‹€.
λ„ˆμ—κ²Œ μ˜€λŠ” κ·Έ μˆ±ν•œ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ€ μ–Έμ  κ°€λŠ” λ„ˆμ™€ μ΄λ³„ν•˜κ²Œ λœλ‹€.
그쀑에 μΌλΆ€λŠ” λ„ˆμ™€ μ‹Έμš°κ³ λŠ” λ“±λŒλ € λ– λ‚˜κ°€κ³ ,
또 μΌλΆ€λŠ” κ·Έκ΄€κ³„μ˜ 끈이 κ°€λŠ˜κ³  μ•½ν•΄μ„œ μ‹œκ°„μ΄ 흐λ₯΄λ©΄μ„œ 흐지뢀지 μžŠν˜€μ Έ κ°„λ‹€.
μ˜€λž«λ™μ•ˆ λ”λΆˆμ–΄ λˆ„λ¦¬λŠ” λ§Œλ‚¨λ„ μ£½μŒμ΄λΌλŠ”κ²Œ μžˆμ–΄ 갈라 놓기도 ν•œλ‹€.
κ·Έλž˜μ„œ λ”Έμ•„.
λ§Œλ‚¨μ€ κ·Έλ ‡κ²Œ μ˜μ›ν•œκ²ƒμ΄ μ•„λ‹ˆκΈ°μ— μ†Œμ€‘ν•˜κ³  κ·€μ€‘ν•œ κ²ƒμ΄λž€λ‹€.

λ‚˜λŠ” λ„ˆλ₯Ό 아끼고 μ‘΄κ²½ν•˜κ³  μ‚¬λž‘ν•΄μ•Όν•  μ±…μž„κ³Ό κΆŒλ¦¬κ°€ μžˆλ‹€.
κ·ΈλŸ¬λ―€λ‘œ λ„ˆμ˜ μžμ•„λ₯Ό μƒμ‹€ν•˜μ§€ μ•Šλ„λ‘ 쑰심해야 ν•œλ‹€.
λ”Έμ•„, λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
λ„€κ°€ 세상에 λ‚˜κ°€λ©° μ—¬λŸ¬κ°€μ§€ λͺ«μœΌλ‘œ μ§€μ›Œμ§„ ν–‰μš΄κ³Ό λΆˆμš΄μ„ λ§Œλ‚˜κ²Œ 될것이닀.
λ‚΄κ²ŒλŠ” ν–‰μš΄λ§Œ 있기λ₯Ό κΈ°μ›ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ
κ°„ν˜Ή λΆˆμš΄μ΄λž€κ²ƒλ„ λ‹€κ°€μ˜¬μ§€ λͺ¨λ₯Έλ‹€.
μ‚¬λžŒμ€ λͺ¨λ‘ μ‹œλ ¨μ˜ μ°¨κ°€μš΄ λΉ„λ₯Ό ν”Όν•˜μ§€ λͺ»ν•œλ‹€.
각기 λ‹€λ₯΄κ³  λ¬΄κ²Œλ„ λ‹€λ₯΄μ§€λ§Œ λˆ„κ΅¬λ‚˜ 제각기 μ‹œλ ¨κ³Ό 고톡을 κ²ͺ게 λ˜λŠ” 법이닀.
μ‚¬λžŒμœΌλ‘œμ„œ μ°¬λΉ„λ₯Ό 가릴 μš°μ‚°μ„ κ°€μ§ˆμˆ˜ μžˆμ§€λ§Œ
μš°μ‚°μœΌλ‘œ 가리기엔 λͺ¨μžλž„ λ•Œλ„ μžˆλ‹¨λ‹€.
ν•˜λŠλ‹˜μ€ κ³΅ν‰ν•˜μ‹  λΆ„μ΄λ―€λ‘œ μ‚¬λžŒμ΄ κ°λ‹Ήν•˜μ§€ λͺ»ν•  무거운 짐은 μ§€μ›Œμ£Όμ§€ μ•ŠμœΌμ‹œλ¦¬λΌ λ―ΏλŠ”λ‹€.

λ”Έμ•„, λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
λ„ˆμ˜ 이웃이 μš°μšΈν•œ ν‘œμ •μΌλ•Œ.
κ·Έμ‚¬λžŒμ—κ²Œ λ”μš΄ μ°¨ ν•œμž”μ„ λŒ€μ ‘ν•΄λΌ.
λ„€κ°€ μ‚° ν•œμž”μ˜ 차둜 기쁨을 λŠλ‚„κ²ƒμ΄λ‹€.

μ‹œλ ¨μ˜ μ°¬ λ°”λžŒμ΄ μ™”μ„λ•Œ 용기λ₯Ό λ‚΄κ³  씩씩해라.
μš©κ°ν•˜κ²Œ μ‹Έμ›ŒλΌ 극볡해야 ν•œλ‹€.
μ‹œλ ¨κ³Ό μ°¬ λ°”λžŒμ„ 이긴 λ„ˆλŠ” κ·Έ 전보닀 λ”μš± ν›Œλ₯­ν•˜κ³  μ•„λ¦„λ‹€μš΄ μ—¬μžκ°€ 될것이닀.

λ‚˜μ˜ λ”Έμ•„.
λ‚˜λŠ” λ„ˆλ₯Ό μ‚¬λž‘ν•œλ‹€.

λ„ˆλ₯Ό μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜λŠ” μ—„λ§ˆκ°€.


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Self advice

I fell…
Get up.

I failed…
Try again.

I was wrong…
Correct it.

I regret…
Change it.

I should have done it…
Do it now.

Look ahead.
Learn from mistakes.
Make things better one step at a time.

-Sarah Chun

Are you one of them? Let’s connect!


I am a listener, analytical/logical thinker, technology generalist, problem solver and the doer with heads in the clouds and feet on the ground.

I would LOVE, LOVE to walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the doers, the problem solvers and the listeners who are open minded for changes, and believe in “We are in it together, let’s go!”.

If you are one of them, let’s connect –Β https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahchun/.