What do people remember? Thoughts from Singapore

This week, I’m reading “Lessons in Learning, e-Learning, and Training” by Roger C. Schank.Roger is an expert in AI, memory, and training. He is also a contrarian – which makes him one of the good guys in my mind.Excellent book, filled with quotable lines. One of my favorites: “What do

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Hot and Humid in Singapore

95 degrees with thunderstorms.The kind of day where the sidewalks are sweating. You know what they say – fight fire with fire.So, Angie and I headed to ‘Patara’, a downtown Thai restaurant that we really like. Tom Ka, Pomelo Salad, Fried Olive Rice, and fried springrolls helped cool us down

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Flying to Singapore

There are only two emotions in a plane:boredom and terror.~Orson Welles Hopefully, today there’s only one… Share this:

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When in Japan, drink like a Japanese

One of the pleasures of being in Japan is drinking fresh squeezed Chu-hi. Chu-hi is a shochu (rice whiskey)-based drink that’s mixed with juice and sparkling water.It’s refreshing, with a nice kick. You can buy it canned, but I like it best when I’ve squeezed it myself. It’s available in

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Does your DiSC profile change when you travel?

Yesterday, I was leading a ‘High Performance Teams’ session in Yokohama, Japan.We always do individual behavior profiling, using DiSC, to open our session. In the past, we’ve tested everyone using the English version of DiSC, since we’re a US-based company.This trip, for the first time, we used a Japanese language version.As

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Traditional Clothing in Japan

It’s March, which means it’s graduation time in Japan. As a result, we see hakama-wearing girls clip-clopping down the street periodically. Here’s a trio of graduates outside the Intercontinental Hotel that were kind enough to pose for me. Share this:

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Exploring Culture through a Japanese Festival

Here’s my buddy and co-worker, Martin Woodrow, exploring Japanese culture… We were in Yokohama last August to lead some classes. On the weekend, we stumbled on a matsuri, a Japanese festival.In the hot weather, the festival participants tend to dress lightly… Martin, an expert at learning, decided to get a

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Putting the Support back into Technical Support

I led a workshop today at our office in Yokohama, Japan.The workshop is called, “Coaching for Technical Support Engineers”. In the class we discuss the Situational Leadership Model, which points out that there are four stages of development.Without explaining the model (go here for some details), a coach needs to provide varying

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Learning through Film – Japan

In the interest of right brain/left brain balance, today is film day. Here, in no particular order, are 5 Japanese films that will give you a better insight to Japanese culture. Seven Samurai – Perhaps the greatest film ever made. I’m not claiming it’s the ‘best’ (a futile discussion if ever

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Two Things You Must Do in Seoul, Korea

I’m in Yokohama, Japan now. but I wanted to close out our Korea trip with two pieces of advice, if you happen to visit Seoul. 1. Eat a dinner at Sanchon, home of delicious vegetarian temple food (pictured here with my wife, Angie). And, just to be clear, I am

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Art and Context in Seoul, Korea

I have always had a fondness for the ‘lion-dogs’ of Asia.I took this photo of one such creature at Gyeongbokgung Palace. “Good art is always high-context; bad art, low-context. This is one reason why good art persists and art that releases its message all at once does not.“ – Edward

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Training Top 100 – Again!!

Shameless self-promotion, I admit… For the 5th consecutive year, KLA-Tencor was named to Training Magazine’s Top 100. Here’s the downloadable article of the 2006 winners. Share this:

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Learning Through Film – Korea

I was having lunch a couple days ago with co-workers Yu Jin Kwag (pictured at her desk) and S.Y. We had excellent Chinese Shrimp in Chili Sauce and discussed Korea movies. As I firmly believe that film is one of the best ways to learn about a culture (be careful

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Managing Change in Asia…

Everyone ‘knows’ that Asians don’t like change. It’s a given, isn’t it? Well, consider this… When I lead Change Management classes around the world, we do an exercise where everyone has to change 5 things about themselves, then 10 more, then 10 more. In the US, some attendees will start

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Can we move Beyond Culture?

I’m in Seoul this week, delivering two classes. Each day I have a 90 minute subway commute to the office in Sunae. I’ve got my i-pod, a world full of new people to watch, and a book in hand – so I’m happy. Today, I finished reading Edward T. Hall’s

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