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Success? It’s All in How We Gauge It…

Success? It’s All in How We Gauge It… | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
This is a story, or perhaps, more correctly, a cautionary tale, about a very successful expatriate and the highly respected, much-envied western company for which he worked. It is a story that made...
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Great story, a must read for future expat leaders and managers

 

Every leaders, especially expat executives, should first listen, gather facts and identify people who have different opinions. Then the most difficult part of the expat executive job is to influence people both ways to make the best decisions including local parameters and global vision.

 

Unfortunately even Harvard Business School is credited for the decline of SONY : Read more about it in my blog :

Why White Men Can’t Lead ?

http://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/why-white-men-cant-lead/

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How to Experience Flow and Get Crazy Productive

How to Experience Flow and Get Crazy Productive | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Flow is a blissful state of effortless productivity where distractions vanish. Achieve this state of mind in 5 easy steps.
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Ask And Ye Shall Receive, Right?!

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A Personal Discovery Blog. It's time to re-awaken to the truth of your potential.
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Asking questions are more powerful than making statements because it shift perspectives and let you see more possibilities.

For example instead of saying "I am fat", you can ask:  What does it take to become more healthy and fit ?
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Health Benefits of Nordic Walking

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Modern lifestyle, with its lack of everyday physical activity and exercise training, predisposes people to chronic diseases such as diabetes. In this article discover the multiple benefits of Nordic Walking. 


This is the first article of this new blog dedicated to staying fit and healthy in Tokyo from an expat experience.


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When Transition Gets The Best of You | The Culture Blend

When Transition Gets The Best of You | The Culture Blend | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
  Ahh transition. I teach this stuff. I do seminars. I write a blog for crying out loud. So I hate it when it actually applies to me. Some of
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Transition rarely comes without a mess but messes are rarely so horrible that they cannot be cleaned up.

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Leadership Is a Contact Sport: The "Follow-up Factor" in Management Development

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Leadership is not just for leaders anymore. Top companies are beginning to understand that sustaining peak performance requires a firm-wide commitment to developing leaders that is tightly aligned to organizational objectives — a commitment much easier to understand than to achieve.
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The technique developed by Marshal Goldsmith is very simple, yet very powerful.

 

He calls it the Feed-forward Method that involves the following steps:

 

1-Ask what can I do to be a better leader or a better spouse or parent

2-Listen-Think-Thank (don't speak about the past, look for ideas, don't argue, mute your ego,)

3-Respond

4-Involve

5-Change

6-Follow-up

 

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Want to influence the world? Map reveals the best languages to speak

Want to influence the world? Map reveals the best languages to speak | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
New method of measuring cultural transmission suggests some tongues spread ideas better than others
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In term of influence, better speak English, Spanish,Russian or French than Mandarin 

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Global Leadership: Fitting in, without giving in

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Adapting your leadership style to a different cultural setting can be tough, especially when the new setting demands a style different from how you would normally and comfortably behave at home. So how do you adapt your leadership behavior across cultures without losing yourself in the process?
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Great article.

 

Watch also the interview of Andy Molinsky, Author of “Global Dexterity” :https://hbr.org/video/2363497345001/reaching-across-cultures-without-losing-yourself

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Adapt to a New Culture, but Don't Go Too Far

Adapt to a New Culture, but Don't Go Too Far | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
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It is not always wise to follow this advice when living and working abroad:  When in Rome, Act Like the Romans.”  

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Russia & Ukraine: A Complex Geopolitical Game

Russia & Ukraine: A Complex Geopolitical Game | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Events playing out on our TV screens from Ukraine and the semi-autonomous Crimea remind us of the complex landscape left behind after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Russia and Ukraine Conflict: Historical Context

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While the conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues it is worth reflecting on what lies behind Russia's position.
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This article offers an interesting perspective on the Ukraine conflict.

 

Russians do not have the same logic regarding money than Western Europe or the U.S., so more economic sanctions toward Russia actually reinforce the patriotism of Russian people and make them feeling more and more misunderstood and unfairly treated by the West.

 

Here two examples:

 

Everybody in Europe was surprised that Mr Putin banned importation of fresh products from EU into Russia as a reply of Western financial sanctions, resulting in a sharp increase of local prices and triggering a 20 % inflation.

 

Although Russia does not produce those vegetables, fruits or cheeses, the majority of Russians are convinced it is good for their country in the long run and are ready to pay the price to boost "Made in Russia" products that actually do not and will not exist.

 

Saying that one of the reasons that Russians annexed Crimea was to reduce the costs of delivering gas to Europe is also a big misunderstanding of the Russian motives and values in this conflict.

 

As a result, Europeans were caught totally by surprise when Russian Gazprom, the world's biggest natural gas supplier, announced its decision to cut totally its gas shipment to Europe via Ukraine’s Soviet-era network and replace it by a new line under the black sea to Turkey. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/... ;)

 

This decision is again totally absurd economically for Russia, but it has a logic you can find in History : the Russians preferred to burn Moscow rather than giving its resources to Napoleon when he arrives in the city in 1812.

 

I totally agree with the conclusion of this article and the metaphor about the wounded bear. I am afraid though that the misunderstanding between Russians and the West will continue to grow until eventually everything get burned.

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5 Ways Your Brain Is Tricking You into Being Miserable

5 Ways Your Brain Is Tricking You into Being Miserable | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be happy, but the biggest obstacle to that is the mushy thing inside your skull that you think with.
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The brain is designed to put more weight on negative thoughts than on positive ones.

 

This imbalance takes us away from experiencing positive emotions such as joy, gratitude or hope.

 

Having positive emotions helps us become relaxed, playful and learn new skills more easily.

 

However, it is important to have a certain amount of negative emotions to be able to be creative and resilient.

 

Related references: 

 

Updated Thinking on Positivity Ratios Barbara L. Fredrickson

http://www.unc.edu/peplab/publications/Fredrickson%202013%20Updated%20Thinking.pdf

 

Perception and Behavior: How To Stimulate Creativity:

http://www.slideshare.net/aegros1/perception-and-behavior-25566150


 
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Plus de 2 Russes sur 3 soutiennent le Kremlin face aux sanctions

Plus de 2 Russes sur 3 soutiennent le Kremlin face aux sanctions | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Plus de deux Russes sur trois approuvent la politique du Kremlin face à l'Occident, bien que le nombre de Russes inquiets des sanctions occidentales contre Moscou a doublé depuis septembre, selon un sondage publié mardi.Près de la moitié des Russes (47%) estiment que les sanctions, imposées par l'Occident contre la Russie pour son rôle dans la crise ukrainienne, pourront constituer de sérieuses ou d'assez sérieuses difficultés pour leur famille, soit presque le double par rapport en septembre (26%)
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More than two out of three Russians approve the policy of the Kremlin about the sanctions imposed by the West against Russia.


Nearly a third of Russians (34%) believes that "Russia must respond decisively with its own sanctions," and almost as many are in favor of "ignore" the pressures of the West.


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Women Urged to Seek Expat Experience to Develop Leadership

It is generally understood that global leadership differs significantly from domestic leadership and that, as a result, expatriates need to be equipped with competencies that will help them succeed in an international environment. Commonly accepted global leadership competencies, for both male and female global leaders include cultural awareness, open-mindedness, and flexibility. However, during the research for our book, we found that there are four global leadership competencies that are shared among female expatriate leaders. They are:

Self-awareness. Know your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, which are all based on your values, and use this knowledge to make critical decisions.
Conscious imbalance. Tip the scales toward what gives you energy and fulfillment with the realization that the scales will need to be rebalanced on a regular basis.
Operating outside your comfort zone. Embrace challenges coming from new experiences by tolerating ambiguity and remaining calm.
Active career management. Know what you want from your career and actively work on achieving it.
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In Russia, I see more and more men willing to take the role of "following" expat partners who take care of family responsibilities and therefore more women who take managerial positions. Those women are working for big global companies and come from all over the world,  I met men coming from France, Turkey, Israel, or United-States for example.

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The costly fallout of tatemae and Japan's culture of deceit | The Japan Times

The costly fallout of tatemae and Japan's culture of deceit | The Japan Times | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

There is an axiom in Japanese: uso mo hōben — "lying is also a means to an end." 

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Curating Content For Social Media Channels | Logicserve Digital's Online Marketing Blog | LogicServe SEM Blog

Curating Content For Social Media Channels | Logicserve Digital's Online Marketing Blog | LogicServe SEM Blog | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Though seemingly simple, content curation requires insight into nature or subject of business you are promoting, key understanding of the audience which you already have or are likely to have. It involves organizing and sharing purposeful information which relates an authentic and trustworthy entity.
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Is Expatriation an Addiction?

Is Expatriation an Addiction? | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
The last few decades has seen more and more people taking up a corporate expatriate posting, with all of the benefits and challenges an expatriation can bring.
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After 25 years of expatriation, experiencing very different cultures such as Japan, United States or Russia,  I think I fit very well with the definition of an enthusiastic expatriate : I feel comfortable almost anywhere. 

 

I consider myself a successful "serial" expatriate and I think the following characteristics are very important :

 

1-Curiosity with a  thirst for experiencing "otherness"

2 Humility with willingness to learn different ways of thinking 

3-A strong family with high resilience and an adventurous spirit

4- Deep knowledge about who you are,  your strengths, weaknesses

5-Creativity and flexible attitude toward new challenges

6- Not afraid to step out of your comfort zone 

7-Future oriented mindset

 

If expatriation is an addiction then by definition it means you can't stop moving even if it would be reasonable to settle down. Sometimes this is called the  "Three Year Syndrome": some expats, get bored, after 3 years, especially if they have no other job than being an expat partner and did not blend with the local culture by establishing a network of local friends.


There is  another reason why some expats move so often: with the globalization and the development of virtual teams, with some exceptions, there is no need to have long term expats once the knowledge transfer has been done. 


There is also more and more people who work abroad  who are not sent by big multinational companies but hired locally. The problem is then to find ways to keep a job until you can retire.  Most of the time those people are forced to move to other countries where they can transfer their unique skills.


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Monica Szwarc's curator insight, August 4, 2015 10:14 AM

After 25 years of expatriation, experiencing very different cultures such as Japan, United States or Russia,  I think I fit very well with the definition of an enthusiastic expatriate : I feel comfortable almost anywhere. 

 

I consider myself a successful "serial" expatriate and I think the following characteristics are very important :

 

1-Curiosity with a  thirst for experiencing "otherness"

2 Humility with willingness to learn different ways of thinking 

3-A strong family with high resilience and an adventurous spirit

4- Deep knowledge about who you are,  your strengths, weaknesses

5-Creativity and flexible attitude toward new challenges

6- Not afraid to step out of your comfort zone 

7-Future oriented mindset

 

If expatriation is an addiction then by definition it means you can't stop moving even if it would be reasonable to settle down. Sometimes this is called the  "Three Year Syndrome": some expats, get bored, after 3 years, especially if they have no other job than being an expat partner and did not blend with the local culture by establishing a network of local friends.

 

There is  another reason why some expats move so often: with the globalization and the development of virtual teams, with some exceptions, there is no need to have long term expats once the knowledge transfer has been done. 

 

There is also more and more people who work abroad  who are not sent by big multinational companies but hired locally. The problem is then to find ways to keep a job until you can retire.  Most of the time those people are forced to move to other countries where they can transfer their unique skills.

 

What type of expat are you ?

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The Gift of Feedback

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Think about a time when someone you respected told you that you had certain strengths but also specific areas where he or she thought you needed to develop. How did you receive this feedback? Were ...
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Very good article and I agree both the person who gives feedback or the one who receives it, should drop judgement. Constructive criticism is still criticism and can hurt. The person who receives the feedback should listen and give back a genuine “thank you”, without trying to justify deny or argue,

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Marc Traverson's curator insight, June 1, 2015 12:29 PM

Le feedback, Graal du management... Le feedback est, d'abord, un point de repère pour celui qui le reçoit, par rapport à la qualité de son travail, par exemple. C'est aussi - on l'oublie trop souvent - un indicateur précieux sur la personne qui l'émet. A quoi est-elle attentive? Quels sont ses critères pour évaluer? Dis-moi comment tu fais tes feedbacks, je te dirai quel manager tu es ! 

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The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.


Via The Learning Factor, Jim Lerman, Emeric Nectoux
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At an industry conference this week attendees agreed that one of the issues that concerns them most is culture. This is not a surprising outcome since the industry has seen the entrance of many other competitors and a disruption to business as usual. 

 

Using the iceberg model we can illustrate why complex change like cultural transformation is so difficult. There is widespread knowledge that this kind of endeavor takes time and a lot of resources.  Why?  Because the heavier lifting needs to be done “below water” to ensure that there is complete understanding of impacts/challenges that the new normal poses to shared assumptions, perceptions, values, beliefs, traditions and feelings. Then plans must be created and implemented to support the learning and adjustment required for the new norms, traditions and procedures that come with transformation. This is not a quick program because under water is where we deal with the emotional and sometimes “messy” side of an organization. A good change program anticipates and prepares for the journey of transformation using the whole iceberg.  Leveraging a good change partner is a common strategy that allows the organization to focus on the “above water” activities while the partner helps with the “under water” challenges.

 

If you’re thinking about culture change, know what you’re getting into and that there are no short cuts. However, if you’re dealing with disruption in your industry, and a strategy of improvements is no longer good enough, you may well want to ask yourself, “Can I afford not to undertake culture change to meet my business goals?”

Gudrun Hoehne's curator insight, May 20, 2015 4:49 AM

In global companies sometime the organizational cultures differ according to the subsidiaries. This is also of importance for virtual tems who work acroos different subsidiaries and countries.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 8, 2015 11:07 AM

Lo que hay bajo el Currículum: El Currículum Oculto

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15 Words You Need to Eliminate From Your Vocabulary to Sound Smarter

15 Words You Need to Eliminate From Your Vocabulary to Sound Smarter | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
15 Words You're Using Incorrectly - The Muse: Irregardless? C'mon.
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Very useful for people using English as second language 

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I always love articles like this one, because they offer juicy insights on bad habits many of us pick up in our communication methods, be it email, blogging or professional writing. But therein lies the difference.

 

Your choice of wording in your conversational communications does not need to be of the same caliber as your professional communique's, so it's hard to lay down the law on what's correct or appropriate across the board. As much as I enjoyed this author's take on vernacular stupidity and her wonderful sense of humor, it occurred to me that this would be an important point to add. (Has any prof seen the word "honestly" - as in "honestly, this cellular division deserves more study" in a master's thesis? I hope not!)

 

Professional communicators who put out the do's and don'ts are to be applauded for their bravery, Jennie included. It's a certain way to put your neck on the line because there are as many opinions on what makes for good communication as there are bloggers, article writers and tweeters. Someone is bound to point out, for example, the flaws in sentences like this one: "What it does is makes your statement less specific."

 

Now, here's my real follow-up thought: what should we do when we hear/see "irregardless" in communications? How do we nuke that sucker from both vernacular and professional communications? Honestly, I am not sure it can be done. But we should really try, as it is very very irritating. :-)

 

 

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What Is Intercultural Competence ?

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Intercultural competence does not mean comparing two or more countries, nor learning to adapt to a specific ‘national culture’
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Global leadership:: How to develop Intercultural competence

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Viewing the Ukraine Crisis From Russia’s Perspective »

Viewing the Ukraine Crisis From Russia’s Perspective » | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

James Joyce’s famous statement that “history is a nightmare” from which we should try to awake, aptly describes current events in the Ukraine.  All nations involved in these events are biased by the remembered, misremembered, forgotten, and mythologized history they carry in their heads. 

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"Our national memories have the passion and power to drive us blindly to hatreds and to war"


History is actually biased opinions based on popular stories that people believe as facts and do not challenge.

 

Those stories are used to exacerbate our patriotism: "our stories" versus "the "enemy stories". They are used in propaganda and to manipulate the public opinion toward a common goal : eliminating the enemy.

 

For example, Hillary Clinton, on March 5, said that Putin’s concern for Russians in Ukraine is like Hitler’s concern for Germans in Poland and Czechoslovakia.


This is a very good example of manipulation: 


Labeling Putin as "Hitler" is a sure way to activate a demon in the American national memory and to mobilize the United States to again fight the evil personified (just like Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Chavez, Allende or Gaddafi , to name a few of many leaders that have

been called "Hitler" by American politicians")

 

Russians are looking at Ukraine as increasing the threat of being invaded. After the collapse of the USSR, many previous Soviet republics in Eastern Europe are now members of NATO with military bases. Ukraine and Belarus are actually the last soviet republics that are not EU members.


Each era of  Russian history has had its military super-power, and each super-power in turn attacked Russia: Turks, Poles, Swedes, French, Germans, British, and Japanese have each invaded Russia more than once.

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Intercultural Development Research Institute - Blog

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The Intercultural Development Research Institute is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to a constructivist definition of the field of intercultural communication and to support continuing and new research in intercultural...


Via Jenny Ebermann, Dean J. Fusto
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So true : Relativism just rejects the idea of an objective universal truth.

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The Power of Propaganda-Lesson From WW I

Introduction to Communication Science by Rutger de Graaf University of Amsterdam 

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Analysts of the First World War found a direct correlation between Media campaign for war and patriotism on one hand and the motivation of  patriotic people ready for war. That is the power of propaganda.

 

 Now If I think about how much more messages are sent today compared to 1913 via traditional mass media and how personalized  social media messages are, do you think we have already a recipe for a hot war between US, EU (NATO) and Russia about Ukraine ?

 

 Are those articles showing real threat from Russia or is it Western media propaganda ? 

 

1-A quarter of a century after the end of the cold war, the world faces a growing threat of nuclear conflict http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21645729-quarter-century-after-end-cold-war-world-faces-growing-threat-nuclear

 

2-What Russia wants: From cold war to hot war: Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is part of a broader, and more dangerous, confrontation with the West http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21643220-russias-aggression-ukraine-part-broader-and-more-dangerous-confrontation


3-World War 3 : The Russian Bear of Gog prepares for War with the Beast over Ukraine (Nov 14, 2014) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FujTQilpuow

 

 

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Number of Western Foreigners in Russia Drops by Half a Million | News

Number of Western Foreigners in Russia Drops by Half a Million | News | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

The executive director of real estate agency Evans Property Services, told The Moscow Times that there were about 20 percent fewer requests for Moscow home rentals for expats in the last quarter of 2014.

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"The main reason that expats are leaving is that if they are paid in dollars, euros, pounds, etc., then they have suddenly become doubly expensive," he said.


Foreigners who come over on a corporate contract, "will stay if their particular business is doing OK, but many will find themselves sent home or to another market."

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Malika Sorel : «Voir la France tant humiliée, violentée, m'est devenu insupportable»

Malika Sorel : «Voir la France tant humiliée, violentée, m'est devenu insupportable» | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Le choix de sa propre identité doit en effet être libre et non contraint. La liberté d'être est, à mes yeux, la plus importante qui soit. Par contre, il est évident que nul ne peut être exonéré du respect, sur un territoire donné, des normes collectives qui correspondent à l'héritage politique et culturel du peuple auquel ce territoire appartient.
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Very interesting article (in French) about immigration, religion, diversity, cultural values, religious symbols and secularism in France.

 

I basically said the same thing in an article that I wrote about being an expat and respecting the host country's values, history, customs by simply keeping private your cultural differences. 

 

"I simply cannot drop everything that makes me who I am,  my cultural values, beliefs, language and traditions in the name of integration or even in the name of respect for my host country as long as the way I behave is not hurting anybody’s feelings or their own values

""https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/french-integration-system-produces-segregation-by-egalitarian-ideology/

 

Of course the complex problem of immigration, assimilation and, diversity  in France is far more complex than what I experience as an expatriate but I still understand the basic needs of people to belong to a community they share values with.

 

Educating yourself about your host country's culture  in depth is a must for all expatriates and evidently for people who get the nationality of their host country and establish themselves there. 

 
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Very interesting article (in French) about immigration, religion, diversity, cultural values, religious symbols and secularism in France.

 

I basically said the same thing in an article that I wrote about being an expat and respecting the host country's values, history, customs by simply keeping private your cultural differences. 

 

"I simply cannot drop everything that makes me who I am,  my cultural values, beliefs, language and traditions in the name of integration or even in the name of respect for my host country as long as the way I behave is not hurting anybody’s feelings or their own values

""https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/french-integration-system-produces-segregation-by-egalitarian-ideology/


Of course the complex problem of immigration, assimilation and, diversity  in France is far more complex than what I experience as an expatriate but I still understand the basic needs of people to belong to a community they share values with.

 

Educating yourself about your host country's culture  in depth is a must for all expatriates and evidently for people who get the nationality of their host country and establish themselves there.