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Playing to Strengths: Lessons Learned from My Journey to NASA

May 30, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Dear Highroaders,       This month’s blog is a personal journey, the story of a dream that I thought I had to let go of forever. Turns out it was waiting for me 40 years later, in a form I hardly recognized but that was more meaningful than I could have imagined. A lot of ...

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The Power of “Through” in Difficult Dialogue

March 29, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

I recently attended the Institute for Cross Cultural Management 2018 Summit (http://research3.fit.edu/iccm/) in Orlando, Florida. The event inspired me and gave me the strength to continue my mission of compassionate courage in these difficult times. The highlights of the Summit were numerous, including an energizing conversation with astronaut Winston Scott, working on a case study for the ...

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The Power of Distraction in Teamwork and Life

February 23, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

I recently turned another year older, and while I enjoy my birthday I found myself thinking about how I wanted to be in my next year on this Earth. One phrase kept coming to mind: Less is more. Living in today’s society seems like more, always more. We want more information faster. We are busier ...

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What Is a Global Mindset?

January 31, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

As I travel from company to company coaching leaders and collaborating with teams, I have the good fortune of seeing it all: The great, the good, and the (very rarely) ugly. But one thing that most companies have in common today is a desire for their workforce to have a global mindset. This little phrase ...

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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. https://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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