Cross Culture

10
Aug

Brazilian Vision of How Individuals and Companies Should Be Using Social Media [via SLIDESHARE]

Image via Wikipedia This presentation on slideshare from Brazil, [muito bem feito] looks at what is so special about social media. Interesting to see how we and our social media participation are seen from other cultures’ view point. In fact they point out that companies still “don’t get it” and need to understand that social media is there for: 1.

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8
Aug

Jack Welsh’s “Lebensweisheit” : The 10 Leadership Principles

I read an interesting, short article that Peter Isackson wrote for the Intercultural Insights Group, he brought up the simple yet profound leadership principles that Jack Welsh developed in his time as CEO at GE. Are they as relevant today as they were when he wrote them? *1.* There is only one way ˆ the straight way. It sets the

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3
Jan

Can GOOG-411/US Conquer Foreign Accents?

Image via Wikipedia Can GOOG-411/US conquer foreign accents? Imagine an Indian, Frenchman or Chinese looking to call a local US business number using GOOG-411. Needless to say, it can become a very frustrating. If we think of a Chinese English speaker, who often doesn’t pronounce the consonants in the word or the endings, trying to get the number of, say,

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26
Apr

Do you really want to send that email?

Image by Pesky Library via Flickr Don’t write bad emails. Here are some examples of emails I received: “Hi, I read your web site. I want to know what class you teach. I also want hear from you answer to questions: How much your classes cost I work in South San Francisco and you to come at noon to my

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14
Apr

Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay

Image by jackleg via Flickr Stephen J. Dubner [co-author of Freakonomics] had a contest: Write a six-word motto for the U.S! The winning motto was: Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay (194 votes) The runners-up were: Caution! Experiment in Progress Since 1776 (134) The Most Gentle Empire So Far (64) votes You Should See the Other Guy (38) Just Like

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3
Apr

Rush for H1-B Visas for 2008 – are there enough? We need these foreign professionals!

Image from Wikipedia The 2 tech greats Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT) are trying to make Congress understand that they need to increase the amount of foreign skilled workers they let into the country under the H1-B Visa. [Source:http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_8726242.htm] Once more applications for the H1-B lottery are going out next Tuesday and last year, the quota was filled on the first

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30
Mar

Um, like, you know, kind of, stuff….speech for the boardroom?

Often, when I work with younger Asian clients, I notice that their English is full of “fillers” such as the ubiquitous “like” and also “you know”, and “stuff”. In fact, I attended a Stanford Continuing Studies class a while ago [where I also give classes] and a young woman from a major company in Silicon Valley [no, not Google] was

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25
Mar

Gossip – An International or American phenomenon?

Image from WikipediaGossip is probably the least effective form of communication. Do the French or Spaniards do more of it? Are Americans less likely to pass along “bad” rumors? Do Chinese gossip, are Japanese or Indians also involved in gossiping about their colleagues? I don’t know who does it the most, but everyone seems to gossip at work. Joseph Conrad

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14
Mar

Network outside of your comfort zone

Image from Wikipedia Networking is a way of life for most Americans, it seems they start in Kindergarten and just keep on improving their networking skills. For example, a friend of mine, Samba Murthy, gave some sage advice, urging Indian professionals to network among other groups. He said, “The biggest problem with Indians is they tend to focus just on

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2
Feb

December Reflections- what do we take for granted in the US [that we can’t find elswhere]?

Image from Wikipedia We live in a society in which the negative things make the news. There are many of us immigrants who live in the US and – in spite of the political disaster of the past (almost) 8 years – find things to be grateful for in this US society which we don’t find in other places. This

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