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Should I Adapt or Be Myself? A Dilemma Reconciled

September 27, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson 1 Comment

Should I Adapt or Be Myself? A Dilemma Reconciled    Greetings Highroaders, “Should I adapt to my colleagues or remain authentic to who I am?” This is a question I’ve been asked many times in my career of helping companies work successfully across difference. This issue troubles most of us at one time or another. ...

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The Culture of Rush: Thoughts on Inclusion and Exclusion

August 30, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

In honor of Rush’s guitarist Alex Lifeson’s birthday, I have updated a blog originally published in September of 2012. In September of 2012 I saw my favorite band, Rush in concert from the 7th row center. To top it off, Erin, my precious friend of twenty-five years and a relatively new Rush fan at the ...

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Cultural “Baggage”: The Key to Business Success Around the World

July 26, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson 4 Comments

This blog, posted originally in 2011, examines how knowing the “why’s” of different cultures determines your level of success in business with them. Using the United States, Germany, and India as examples, we will dive into our cultural “baggage!” In the United States, people sometimes use the word “baggage” to describe their past personal experiences ...

I Hate, You Hate, We All Hate: Facing Our Human Capacity

June 28, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Some days I feel discouraged by being human. While we have great capacity for good, we seem to have endless capacity to hate deeply and profoundly. We all hate, and that unfortunately includes me and you. And no matter how many lessons history offers us, we have not eradicated the most egregious forms of hate ...

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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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