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Living in the Gray Zone: A Key Skill for Thriving Across Cultures

April 25, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

In October of 1997 I touched down in India for the first time. My senses were spinning as I rode in a taxi from the Calcutta (now Kolkata) airport to the center of town. I saw colors swirling around me, tall gleaming buildings alongside vegetable sellers’ carts, a goat being carried in a basket, motorcycles ...

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Three Reminders for a Cross-Cultural Competence Boost

March 29, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson 2 Comments

These days global business is characterized by information overload and high demands. More and more, clients tell me that their biggest challenge is overwhelm, and that they simply don’t have the time to develop quality relationships with their colleagues across cultures. I came across something I wrote in 2013 that offered three reminders for cross-cultural ...

Snakes or Monkeys? Recognizing Differences and Mindsets to Reduce Conflict

February 21, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

English novelist Mary Ann Evans (pen name George Eliot) once wrote “History repeats itself.” I have always wondered why. The obvious answers come to mind: We don’t study history and therefore we are doomed to repeat it; we only study the history of those in power; etc. etc. A story comes to mind from my ...

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Being Uncomfortable is Not the Same Thing as Being Unsafe

January 26, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson 4 Comments

In the recent weeks, the United States has experienced significant division during the Presidential election. You see it everywhere. Families and friendships are suffering, social media is filled with insults and protests from both sides, and anxiety seems a constant presence. Whether you are happy or troubled by the election results, one thing remains clear: ...

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My Holiday Gift to You: Short and Sweet

December 14, 2016 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Dear Highroad Community, 2016 has not been the easiest year for many of us. Between the divisive election in the U.S., the tragedy in Syria, and countless other global crises we may feel overwhelmed or powerless to help our world or ourselves. Considering the amount of email you are likely receiving at this time of ...

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Adventures in Singapore: Part 2: A Moment of Connection Can Reduce a Lifetime of Bias

November 15, 2016 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

  Greetings Readers, Last month I wrote about my overall impressions of my first day in Singapore, how the country captivated me from the moment we took the taxi out of the airport. This month I would like to capture a moment in time from the trip, a moment that reminded me how human connection ...

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Adventures in Singapore: Part 1

October 26, 2016 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

The work of an interculturalist is never dull, but we have to work to stay out of our comfort zone. In my 20’s, all I wanted was adventure; home was a place to store my clothes while I saved money for my next trip to Asia or Europe. In those days I rode every kind ...

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Finding Light in the Darkness: Tapping Our Strengths in Difficult Times

September 28, 2016 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

2016 has been a difficult and contentious year for the world. Between the war in Syria, the divisive U.S. presidential election, protests over the shootings of unarmed black men, and many other issues, one can begin to lose hope. As an intercultural practitioner, my job is to reduce the barriers of bias so that people ...

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Let’s Stand Up and Say YES, We’re Biased! Then We’ll Get Things Done

August 29, 2016 by Vicki Flier Hudson 2 Comments

Denial is a powerful force, and human beings are masters at it. This little gremlin comes in many forms. We might avoid having a condition checked out at the doctor because we fear the outcome. We might text and drive thinking “I’ll be careful; I can handle it.” Typically, however, denial leads to negative results. ...

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The Thing vs. Our Thoughts About the Thing: The Difference May Save Our Lives

June 29, 2016 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Imagine a university with a solid reputation. People come from all over the region to attend, to improve their minds, and to provide themselves with new opportunities. The students discover their academic strengths and study everything from business to physics. The classrooms at this university look fairly standard for a U.S.-based institution. Students come in ...

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