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A Plea to All: End of the Year Message

December 13, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Greetings Highroaders,      Normally as the year draws to a close, I like to send out an inspiring happy message to my readers. This year, I would like to make an impassioned plea to all. The human brain is both a glorious and frightening thing. It gives us the ability to reason and make ...

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Return To India

November 29, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Return to India Tomorrow I depart for India to conduct working leadership sessions with an amazing global company. I have rarely seen such dedication to building cultural bridges as I have from them, and I am excited to work together. As I pull out my Indian clothing from the closet and pack my suitcase I ...

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Political Correctness vs. Inclusion: What’s the Difference?

October 25, 2018 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

In the current political climate I have received a lot of questions about political correctness (PC). Clients sometimes ask, “If I am always thinking about what to say and what not to say, isn’t that just political correctness? Seems like a waste of time!” I’ve also heard this concern: “Everyone these days seems to get ...

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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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