Th!nk trainers looking for bright spots in workplace settings

Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura
Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura
Marcia Taira
Marcia Taira

By Tim Sakahara bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's become an all-too-common scenario as businesses are forced to downsize in order to meet the demands of a changing economy.

But as companies find ways to cut back, there's a pair of women that thrive under the pressure to survive.

Training partners Cindy Sakai and Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura are celebrating the 10th anniversary of a business venture called Th!nk, which took shape from a university project assignment.

"It's focusing on creating a workplace where people come to work because they want to, not have to, and the key to that is creating strong human relationships inside the workplace", said Kalicki-Nakamura.

But that's often one of the toughest tasks to undertake, especially as many aren't quite confident about a strong job market going forward.

"I think sometimes with these economy shifts or when things get scary in business, we go out of a fear-based environment and people remaining after a layoff, they live in a psyche or a place of lucky you got a job", added Kalicki-Nakamura.

That's just one of many issues the women tackled, as an increasing number of businesses have recently decided to invest in leadership training.

"The process of helping people take action on a dream or something or goal, or something that they've always wanted to do or finding ways to put more meaning and purpose into their life by taking action on stuff that they're passionate about", said Sakai.

The two have a laundry list of clients who've utilized their services, including Oceanic Time Warner Cable, which has about 600 employees working in all different positions.

I knew that we needed to do something and I was hoping that a leadership development program would be the answer or at least the start", said Marcia Taira, Human Resources Director.

Taira initially enrolled 120 supervisors and managers in Cindy and Sarah's training program six years ago. Since then, Oceanic has taken it upon itself to offer a wide variety of services as part of an employee benefits package.

"When we take those surveys, that's what we, or how we gear our program. We set our attention on those areas that need work and through those tools that they use, that's how we find some of our flaws if you will", added Taira.

And with an array of training tools in their arsenal, Th!nk is ready for whatever the economy throws at them.

"My job is to take my own personal responsibility and that's what I would anybody that's running a business now is that go find that light at the end of the tunnel. Go find it, go make it happen, go dream for it, and we can't wait for somebody else to do it for us", said Kalicki-Nakamura.

If you want to learn more about Cindy and Sarah's services, visit their website at: