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End of the Year Message: Gratitude on the Highroad

December 28, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Dear Highroaders, What a year it has been! I am sure that like me, you are in the midst of wrapping up work, wrapping up gifts, and winding down, so I will keep my message this month short and sweet. The holidays can be a time of stress for many. Along with the good cheer ...

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Using DISC to Improve Communication on Virtual Teams

November 30, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Greetings Highroaders,                                   Let me begin this month’s blog with some wonderful news. I am now a certified DISC practitioner! My official designation is Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, which may sound a little like my clients will end up on a couch ...

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Meeting the Hate of Neo-Nazis with Compassion and Courage

October 26, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Dear Highroaders, I appreciate you being a part of our community. You may have noticed that I did not publish a blog last month. I instead was taking part in a painful but significant journey: My response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. As a Jewish person, the rally for me was all ...

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Adventures in Ireland: The Summer of Music, Sheep, and Left Side Driving

September 1, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Greetings, Highroaders! It is a joy to connect with you again after our summer hiatus. My husband Jay and I celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary in Ireland and Iceland, and I will be sharing some fun cultural stories and photos with you in coming blog issues. We flew from Atlanta directly to Dublin, Ireland ...

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Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

May 25, 2017 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Greetings, Highroaders, Last month I wrote about living in the gray zone, the zone where you allow all emotions about a culture to exist at the same time. For example, working on a global team you might simultaneously love the richness of working across cultures and hate the time zone differences. http://www.highroaders.com/blog/cross-cultural-intelligence-india-indian-culture-varanasi-calcutta-india-travel/ Expatriates and people ...

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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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