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「WCF Mates!」Vol.6 Sachiko (EN)

Updated: Jul 13, 2022

WCF-Mates! is a segment where we feature and showcase the lives of those who have collaborated with WOMENCANFLY.CO. (Commonly used by Australians, ‘mate’ refers to a friend or someone you are close to.)

In Vol. 6, we meet Sachiko, a performance coach who started her career as a full-time mother at P&G, an American consumer goods company, and worked there for 18 years before going independent. She has been working as a performance coach and is now helping people to create their own careers by leveraging their strengths.

In addition to her work as a performance coach which uses StrengthsFinder®, Sachiko is also an English teacher and the president of 'Co-Next', a community that supports working families.

In this interview, Sachiko explains why she left a stable career to start her own business, and why she started her own business as a performance coach.

Who is Sachiko?

In 2020, Sachiko founded 'Awesome!', a consulting business that utilizes StrengthsFinder®, a self-analysis tool developed by Gallup, Inc. in the U.S., in order to help people convert their strengths into performance and develop the career they want.

After graduating from university, she worked for P&G, an American consumer goods company, where she was involved in product improvement as a raw material development engineer for Pampers, a disposable diaper for infants.

The product she was involved in improving became an explosive hit and the company decided to launch it worldwide. She participated in the project as the person in charge of raw materials and was instrumental in developing 15 new products in 10 countries around the world.

She was so busy that she went on overseas business trips three to four times a year to a total of nine countries from Asia to South America (China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, Italy, Germany and Argentina).

In her personal life, she got married and became pregnant with her first child six years after joining the company and took one year of maternity leave. At the time, she was the first person in her office to take maternity leave.

With her boss at P&G
With her boss at P&G

Always check the diaper section when travelling abroad

Sachiko’s amazing accomplishments

At first glance, Sachiko seems to be a super lady who can do anything and everything.

However, in reality, after returning from maternity leave, she had to take time off work to take care of her child who was often sick, her partner was transferred and she had to raise her child alone. She also had a hard time finding a career she wanted and struggled to maintain a work-life balance.

With the help of self-analysis using StrengthsFinder®, her family, her boss, and outside services, she managed to continue her career.

In her twenties, she worked really hard. In her thirties, her life changed drastically with marriage, childbirth, and child-rearing and she devoted herself to new product development even though she thought about quitting many times. However, amidst her extremely busy life, she suddenly began to have more and more doubts about her life and the meaning of work and around her late 30s, she began to think about how she would live in her forties and beyond.

Before her children entered adolescence, she decided that she wanted to challenge herself to see if she could use the career she had developed in a completely different place while still having time to spend with her family.

She established 'Co-Next', a community for dual-earner families to interact about their careers in order to help others who were struggling with the same issues. 

She also established a consulting business, 'Awesome!', which uses StrengthsFinder®, with the hope that people will learn about their strengths, use them in their performance and develop the career they want.

After retiring, she did not let her own experiences of dilemmas and hardships become the hardships of the past; rather, she used those experiences to become awesome.