Jerry Fu is a pharmacist who became a leadership coach in order to help Asian-American leaders navigate conflict in a Western culture.

Empowering Asian-American Leaders to Navigate Conflict – Jerry Fu – BtR 380

The pain of feeling unheard and misunderstood as an Asian American leader is real, and it’s time for a new strategy. 

Join us as we explore proven techniques to enhance cross-cultural communication and effective conflict resolution, empowering you to break through those cultural barriers and thrive as a respected leader.

Jerry Fu is a pharmacist who became a leadership coach in order to help Asian-American leaders navigate conflict in a Western culture.

Does this sound familiar? You’ve been told that in order to overcome cultural barriers in leadership, you just need to work harder and blend in. But deep down, you know that this approach isn’t working. 

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover the power of conflict resolution and how effective communication can augment your leadership skills.
  • Unravel the cultural barriers facing Asian American leaders and best approaches to surmount them.
  • Delve into the art of courageous conversations and strategies to triumph over limiting beliefs in leadership roles.
  • Cultivate trust within your team and advocate for open communication as a pathway to success.
  • Celebrate failure not as a setback but as a stepping stone towards growth and continuous improvement.

My special guest is Jerry Fu

Say hello to Jerry Fu, an alchemist in the realm of leadership. Jerry’s journey from pharmacy to leadership coaching was fueled by his personal experiences as an Asian American leader. He saw a gap in the leadership landscape and rolled up his sleeves to fill it. Today, 

Jerry Fu successfully navigates the turbulent waters of cultural disparities in leadership, providing bespoke strategies that arm Asian American leaders with the tools they need to overcome these challenges.

Discover the Power of Conflict Resolution

Understanding effective conflict resolution is critical for any leader. By facing disagreements proactively, issues are nipped in the bud before escalating. By encouraging dialogue, fostering understanding, and working through differences, leaders can create harmonious teams where communication and collaboration flourish.

Unravel Cultural Barriers for Asian American Leaders

Asian American leaders can often face unique cultural barriers in leadership roles. Expectations tied to cultural roots sometimes conflict with the demands of Western workplace environments, leading to misunderstandings or conflicts. Mastering cross-cultural communication and effectively navigating these cultural nuances can lead to better team dynamics and improved leadership effectiveness.

Delve into the Art of Courageous Conversations

Having courageous conversations is important in any leadership position. These conversations done right can foster understanding, resolve conflicts, build working relationships, and boost overall productivity. By employing a positive mindset and collaborative approach, leaders can build an atmosphere of trust where both parties feel valued and heard.

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00:02:23 – Transition from Pharmacy to Conflict Management

00:08:08 – Conflict Aversion in Asian American Culture

00:10:05 – Stereotypes and Misunderstandings of Asian Americans

00:11:48 – The Risks of Avoiding Conflict

00:13:15 – Importance of Communication in Relationships and Organizations

00:14:44 – Dealing with Conflict and Setting Boundaries

00:16:24 – Understanding Others’ Perspectives

00:17:29 – Five Steps to Resolving Conflict

00:23:09 – Anticipating Pushback and Preparing for Obstacles

00:26:00 – The Importance of Follow-Through

00:27:49 – Building Trust as a Leader

00:32:56 – Embracing Failure

From Pharmacist to Leadership Coach – Jerry Fu

Jerry is a conflict resolution coach who helps Asian-American leaders advance in their career and life journeys. Having taken on several pharmacy leadership roles, Jerry started coaching in 2017 to help other Asian-American professionals deal with the conflict they encounter at work, with their culture, and within themselves.

Jerry Fu Dancing with His Wife

Prior to starting his coaching business, Jerry served as a pharmacist and began facilitating leadership workshops in 2012. Today, Jerry offers a range of coaching services, which include individual coaching, group workshops, and keynote presentations. He has appeared on over a hundred and twenty podcasts and plans to appear in plenty more. To learn more, you can visit

Failure doesn’t mean you’re done. Failure means you’re not done.” – Jerry Fu

“The heart that I have is for Asian American leaders that are in mid- to senior-level leadership positions, and new leaders in their twenties and thirties, who realize, ‘Hey, you know what? The rules I followed growing up aren’t working anymore.’” – Jerry Fu


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