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Work/Life Integration: Two Lessons for the Cross-Cultural Workforce

March 28, 2019 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

This blog was originally posted in 2015. I wanted to share the message again a few years later, as we could all use a little uplift!  Work/Life balance. Countless books have been written about the subject, and I’ve attended countless workshops whose aim was to help me achieve that goal. I hear the phrase across ...

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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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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 ...

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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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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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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Patience Across Cultures: The Power of Observation and Planning

April 27, 2016 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

What would you choose as the most important success factor in working across cultures? When I ask my clients this question, the response is often the same: Patience. They also cite patience as one of the most difficult intercultural skills to master. How do we overcome the gap between the enhanced amount of patience we ...

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Global Leadership and the Power of “Both/And”

February 23, 2016 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Global leaders today have it tough; exciting, but tough. Whether they run a small business or a Fortune 1000 company, the skill set they need today compared to ten years ago is staggering. Their expertise in their area (technology, finance, etc.) is no longer enough. Now they need to be highly adept with multiple abilities ...

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Building Bridges: The Two Ingredients You Need for Success across Cultures

September 30, 2015 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Last week I delivered a keynote presentation at the Texas Payroll Conference in Galveston, Texas. The group of about 500 attendees was a delight, and we had a lively dialogue about working across cultures. At the end of the presentation I read a quote from Dr. Edmund Davis of Harvard University. “Other cultures are not ...

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A Sense of Purpose: Remembering the Why

April 16, 2015 by Vicki Flier Hudson No Comment

Recently I was drafting a proposal with a colleague for a potential intercultural communication program we would conduct together. We were on the phone doing the brainstorming, and rather than getting to the outline and content right away, my colleague said, “Let’s start with the why. Why do we want to do this?” The results ...

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