Checking the online encyclopedia Wikipedia does not give an answer (the page does not exist!). Still in Cultural Awareness Training, it is a real important issue. How do you manage internationally and/or how do you manage expectations of other people when working Internationally? Read More
This is of course not the opinion of the writer.
So, let me be more specific and approach this title from an cultural perspective
In certain countries people prefer to have a son over a daughter. In two of these countries, India & China, the men out-number the women by 12 to 15 percent. These figures come from the magazine Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors are, Therese Hesketh (University College, London) and Zhu Wei Xing (Zhejiang University China).
Selective abortion and negelect of young girls have led to these figures, according to the above mentioned study.
However, this is nothing new. Throughout the centuries boys have always been preferred over girls.
The Norwegians presented a carefully argued but sentimental case for ownership, matched by equally nostalgic pleas from the Icelanders and the Greenlanders. The Swedes grumbled, and the Finns argued from the de facto reality of a Santa Claus industry already established just inside the Arctic Circle north of Rovaniemi.
They subsequently reinforced their claim by launching a ‘Santa Claus Finland International’ venture which, in turn, prompted the Danish government to grant a state subsidy to a Santa’s workshop in Greenland.
Norway, as always, was anxious to have the last word. The Norwegian town of Dröbak challenged (so far unsuccessfully) the Finnish claim to the Father Christmas trade on evidence, dating from the year 1602, that Santa was born under a tree there. Read More
Travelling From Belgium to France
Travel southeast down the valley of the Viroin and, just beyond the border, you find yourself traversing a wasteland of scrubby hedgerows and bits of abandoned corrugated iron that shrieks “France“. You are witnessing the combined effects of the centralism of French life and the ‘laissez-faire’ attitude of many of its inhabitants.
The well-earned qualities of the French – intelligence, charm, esprit – are not that evident when you approach the country and the culture from the Belgian end. The bad jokes told by the French also get in the way and, to the lasting chagrin of the Flemish, the northwestern corner of the country including the splendid city of Lille (Rijsel!) was taken away from them in 1713.
But the very positive French characteristics of charm and intelligence are sustained by a voluntary confinement to the ‘hothouse’ of French culture and what I would venture to call francisité. French society, particularly the beau monde parisien, is very hermetic.
In this episode I Interview Tom Andriola.
Tom Andriola is currently the General Manager of Healthcare Informatics at Philips Healthcare Greater China, a business dedicated to technology innovation, improving patient care and saving lives.
He also is responsible at Philips for Informatics businesses in Latin America and India and manages a global organization of more than 600 people.
He is a sought after speaker on developing technology trends in healthcare and changes happening in the world’s emerging healthcare markets.
Tom has been with Philips for 10 years and held several management positions running healthcare businesses and driving business transformation programs.
Prior to Philips, Tom helped start several technology businesses and spent time as a Chief Information Officer. He has engineering degrees from The George Washington University and University of South Florida and an Executive MBA from Stanford University. Read More
Managing a “change” Project in the Asia Region can be an exciting challenge for a Western Consultant but so often they arrive armed with their Western “linear” type methodologies, tools and techniques which do not sit comfortably alongside Asian culture which features many nationalities, societies and ethnic groups as well as many different ancient cultures like Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Islam to name but a few. All these will all have a big impact on how a Western Consultant should go about their business. Read More
Trend Spotting in Europe
Media commentators are talking about the long-term risk that the European institutions will “disintegrate”. But thefoundations on which these institutions are based – the subsoil of the European Union – are also shaky.
There are a number of long-term trends that all seem to point in the same direction: the ‘balkanisation’ or fragmentation of European society.
The first trend is already with us: a public opinion that challenges the historical status of the institutions. The political classes have lost the respect of the man-and-woman-in-the-street, public administrations are ridiculed, Big Business is discredited, bankers are treated like vermin, NGO’s are greeted with cynicism, religion is marginalised, even royalty is now fair game. Read More
In this episode I Interview Lulu Wang.
Lulu Wang is a famous Dutch writer of Chinese origin. She has published 10 books, of which 3 are published internationally.
Her first book The Lily Theater is published in 28 countries. Her tenth book is called Rainland, wo ai ni (Rainland, I love you!).