Being on holiday, other cultures can be fun and exciting to explore. But when working or professionally traveling in other countries, cultural differences can cause quite a few obstacles towards getting a job done. Putting effort in understanding other cultures, can remove many barriers and help you achieve your goals with less effort and more pleasure.
This article (on project-management.com), explains three tips that could make cooperation with your Chinese colleagues a little easier and more enjoyable. Find out what it means to “loose face” and why this is so important in everyday life in China.
As discussed in an earlier post, most companies have a lifespan which is limited to 40 to 50 years. A recent study by Ellen de Rooij of the Stratix Group even mentions an average life expectancy of only 12.5 years for any firm started in Europe.
Some companies however have been operating for centuries or even more than a millennium! Many of these ancient companies are Japanese. For example, more than half of the companies founded before 1700 and still existing today, are Japanese.
Many of these ancient Japanese companies claim themselves to be family businesses. But is that really true?...
This article (on priceonomics.com) explains what made these Japanese Dinosaurs successfully run their business during so many centuries. And how they were able to keep their business within the family.
Location of businesses founded before the year 1700. Image source: priceonomics.com
Whether you like it or not, many of our every day technologies find their origin in times of war. The need to defend oneself apparently leads to high levels of creativity and motivation. And with that, to scientific and technological progress. Meeting a "dead line" should be taken literally in case of an armed conflict. Your life will be in danger if you do not act fast enough.
This article by Les Shu on digitaltrends.com, describes which of the technologies surrounding us, originated on the battlefield. Perhaps that makes you look at them from a different perspective next time you use them.
The Volkswagen scandal. Everyone heard about it. But do you know who discovered it? And how it was discovered?...
These articles (on independent.co.uk and bbc.com) explain that the team of American researchers involved in the discovery of the Volkswagen scandal, was limited to 5 or 6 people including 2 graduate students. Initially, this team did not expect to find any emission issues. And when they did, they first thought something was wrong with their test equipment because of the enormous difference with the legal limits. After informing Volkswagen about their findings, it took almost a year and a half before Volkswagen finally admitted that they deliberately cheated on emission tests.
Find out how the work of just a hand full of researchers took down one of the most powerful companies in the world.
“Draw seven red lines with blue ink in the form of a kitten.”
At first sight certain things seem impossible, but this video shows you how “efficient teamwork” can help you achieve any goal...
As you can imagine, it is not smart phones or air planes that these companies produce. Instead, most of the oldest companies on earth serve the basic needs of mankind: eating, drinking, housing or self defence.
Click here to find out what makes some of these Dinosaur Companies survive century after century!
Is your Project Manager Greenshifting a lot lately?... Did you ever come across a Schedule Chicken?... Or are you working on a White Elephant?...
Unfamiliar with these expressions? You will find their meaning, and those of other project management terms on this website.
A good lexicon can save you a lot of time understanding the meaning of certain terms and the context in which they are used. This website conveniently offers you to search for project management terms on alphabetic order. But you can also search terms per knowledge area (such as scope, time and cost). And within each knowledge area search in subcategories such as concepts, techniques, tools and acronyms.
Do you use certain terms or expressions, which you did not find in this lexicon?... Share them below in the comments!