Investment Banker Lynn Yap Was Pressured to Not Visit Her Dying Grandmother in Malaysia

Investment Banker Lynn Yap Was Pressured to Not Visit Her Dying Grandmother in Malaysia


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My guest for Episode #117 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Lynn Yap, the Founder of Actv8 Network, whose mission is to increase the participation of women in the fields of technology, and entrepreneurship. She started her career as a corporate attorney, and then followed a traditional business path—graduating from the Wharton School with an MBA and working in investment banking.

Her curiosity led her to research more about using businesses as a force for good. Her book The Altruistic Capitalist: How to Lead for Purpose and Profit represents the culmination of conversations with leaders at for-profit corporations, entrepreneurs, and investors, and her personal experience.

In today's episode, Lynn shares her “favorite mistake” story, which led to her to leave investment banking after participating in the Facebook IPO. Why did she learn that she never again “wanted to sacrifice [her] values”?

We talk about that story and other topics including:

  • Did you go through a process of forgiving yourself?
  • Why did you start the Actv8 Network?
  • Interactive programs? For young women?
  • Gap — Tom Peters — need more women on boards, CEOs
  • The book: Focusing on all stake holders instead of just shareholders?
  • Business Roundtable statement — stakeholder capitalism
  • 21 core metrics – people, the planet
  • What is the “altruistic capitalist mindset”?
    • Mindfulness, curiosity, grit

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"Moving forward, I didn't want to sacrifice my values. And for me, it's important to value people." - Lynn Yap
"What I found consistent across these interviews were three mindsets or leadership traits: that of mindfulness, curiosity, and grit." - lynn yap
"Being kind to yourself is one of the most important things in order to grow, in order to learn from our mistakes, to look back and say, 'Hey, that was okay.'" - Lynn Yap

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.