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“The Ugly American” Part 2

One reason Americans tend not to be interested in others is that they seem to have everything within themselves. Want to go to Italy? Go to “Little Italy”. Want to go to China? Here is “Chinatown” for you.  No need for expensive Delta tickets. I remember when I […]

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Globalization: What is it exactly?

The reasons for my interest in cultural diversity lie in how I understand the essence of globalization. When I teach executive training courses to US professionals (other cultures are different), I always ask what globalization means to them. Many of their definitions give me an idea, that […]

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The Ugly American: “Do you speak English?”

I am often asked why Americans would be given a nickname like “An Ugly American”.  The nickname might not be fair but there are several very good reasons why we have it: Let’s first look how we refer to countries outside of the US: “overseas”–i.e. something very […]

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HR: Cultural Bridges

There is 30 million of foreign-born in the workforce today and that number is just growing.  This process is a clear indication of globalization which can be roughly defined as “the human family coming together”. In higher ed these numbers are pretty astounding: 18% of HR manager’s bosses and 30% […]

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Ukraine: Is Somebody “Dividing and Conquering”?

I talk to my relatives from the Eastern Ukraine (I went to school where the major battle is right now) and they say that once the war starts, it is difficult to understand ANYTHING in that murky water. Who shoots, who provokes, who is fair, who is […]

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MUST HAVE SKILLS FOR A GLOBAL CAREER

Must Have Skills for a Global Career I have been asked by so many how they can an international or global career. I will answer this in two parts: Skills you will need for a global career and how to get an international job.  Part 1: Skills […]

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Developing the “heart brain”

    In today’s reality there is too much information bombarding you on a daily basis for you to make decisions based on linear, logical thinking.  Perhaps a decision tree was useful when you had 2 options at any given time and the options were static.  Now, […]

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Inner-Directed vs. Outer Directed Yesterday’s success strategy included creating a plan based on what someone else did and following it.  The hallmarks of the strategy were to follow tried and true specific recipes (get this degree, find this job, achieve this position).  This “copy and paste” method […]

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IS PUTIN REALLY BULLYING UKRAINE?

I have been reading news on Ukraine in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  In one of the latest articles written by Friedman “From Putin a Blessing in Disguise” (He also wrote “The World Is Flat”) it states that “there are a lot of people who seem intent on […]

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UKRAINE: A BATTLEFIELD FOR WEST (U.S. AND EUROPE) AND EAST (RUSSIA)

Ukraine somehow became a battlefield between “East” and “West”. The perceived (or quite possibly real) difference between “western” values of how West understands democracy and human justice and “eastern” values of ethnic brotherhood and loyalty to “Mother Russia”. The political process in Ukraine got hijacked by extreme […]

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