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Body language is also a part of culture – learnings from international trips

2020-10-25T10:43:14+00:00

It turns out that body language is a part of culture as well, according to my key learnings from international trips over the years. Different cultures, different body language: People from different cultures use different body language which can cause conflicts, tensions and misunderstandings in the workplace. For example, in some cultures, the physical distance between two individuals is small when they are having a conversation. Yet in other cultures, the physical distance between two people is much bigger when they are talking to each other. If two staff members are from two very different cultures in which body language is [...]

Body language is also a part of culture – learnings from international trips2020-10-25T10:43:14+00:00

Global Travel and Global Warming: We Only Have One Planet

2020-10-25T09:07:59+00:00

Scientists and economists are beginning to consider the serious economic and environmental consequences if we fail to reduce global carbon emissions quickly. The most expensive thing we can do is nothing. The cost of global warming: damage to property and infrastructure is real. Sea-level rises, floods, droughts, wildfires, and extreme storms require expensive repairs of essential infrastructure such as homes, roads, bridges, railroad tracks, airport runways, power lines, dams, levees, and seawalls. Disruptions in daily life related to climate change can lead to loss of work and school days and can harm trade, transportation, agriculture, fisheries, energy production, and tourism. Heavy [...]

Global Travel and Global Warming: We Only Have One Planet2020-10-25T09:07:59+00:00

Ecotourism and the Environment: Observations and Insights

2020-10-22T03:29:19+00:00

A cow on overage releases between 70 and 120 kg of Methane per year. Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2). But the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. Therefore, the release of about 100 kg Methane per year for each cow is equivalent to about 2,300 kg of CO2 per year.  Let's compare this value of 2,300 kg of CO2: the same amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) is created by using 1,000 liters of petrol. In a car using 8 liters of petrol per 100 km, you could [...]

Ecotourism and the Environment: Observations and Insights2020-10-22T03:29:19+00:00

Which traditions are made to be broken? (A trip to France)

2020-10-13T10:16:49+00:00

Interestingly, I always go overseas for Christmas holidays and do something different each year. For most people, there is probably a tendency around Christmas holidays to fall into the groove of repeating the same activities every single year just because that is the usual way they have always done as a tradition. Sometimes family traditions like Christmas lunch can be stressful, especially if you really dislike that particular aunt who has to join the Christmas lunch. As a sentimental person, I like good traditions. A great tradition sprinkled here & there is great. However, repeating the same activities each year even [...]

Which traditions are made to be broken? (A trip to France)2020-10-13T10:16:49+00:00

Memorable experiences & unforgettable conversations – a trip to the UK

2020-10-13T10:12:01+00:00

Contrary to popular belief, most people that I met in the UK are actually quite extroverted. I guess that’s because the way I communicate with them influenced the way they talk. I ask people questions which give them permission to open up on an emotional level. Kevin Smith once said, “People have 3 fundamental needs – food, intimacy and the need to express themselves.” In reality, many people are unwilling to open up due to various reasons. They are worried about your reaction. They are introverted. They fear being judged. But I have a simple way to get other people to [...]

Memorable experiences & unforgettable conversations – a trip to the UK2020-10-13T10:12:01+00:00

High-context culture VS low-context culture: international travel

2020-10-05T08:36:38+00:00

Having been to many different countries, I’ve realized that there are two categories when it comes to cultures: 1) high-context culture, e.g. most Asian countries and some Eastern European countries; 2) low-context culture, e.g. most western countries. Therefore, I’d like to talk about my observation during my international trips and experiences. International travel observation: In a high-context culture personal relations and goodwill are highly valued, whilst in a low-context culture performance and expertise are highly valued. International travel experts and workplace coaches contend that employees and managers from a high-context culture might focus more on building relationships with each other and [...]

High-context culture VS low-context culture: international travel2020-10-05T08:36:38+00:00