A Little Coffee; a Lot of Trauma

Jun 22

Deep feelings of inadequacy, misunderstanding and loneliness are an inevitable part of an expat’s journey toward becoming connected in their new world. Niamh, a new friend of mine, tells us about a “little misunderstanding” – the kind we’re all bound to run into – that pretty much ripped her heart out, and sent her retreating from the enthusiastic hope of...

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How rude of you to say “yes”!

Jun 10

Last night I was invited to have dinner in the home of some good friends. We enjoyed Mughlai Kababs first. Wow! Those were tasty, especially with the chutney my host had made to go along! Then we moved on to the main meal: rice, daal, chapatti, raita and biriyani. So delicious! (My wife is out of town, so I’m doubly grateful). When I had eaten my fill, the host...

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Broad band, but Narrow mind

Apr 29

I blew it today. Yep. A “classic”! My goal was simple: complete the registration process for getting broadband installed in our home here in N. India. I had gone down to the BSNL office the other day, and I knew which documents I needed in order to prove that I’m actually here. [Yes, it always takes more than just standing in front of a fellow-human...

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When “yes” means no (maybe)

Apr 22

When “yes” means no (maybe)

A young man, a college graduate with a couple years’ work experience, sent me his resume. He’s currently in a job that is paying too little; he’s not satisfied. The good news: his current job has given him work experience that would serve him well in working for me. In his email to me, he expresses how badly he would like to work for us, and get...

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Build friendships first; build friendships fast.

Apr 17

Cross Cultural Business Thought 4 the Day: Friendships are Foremost Everything changes when you are “sponsored in” by a friend. You don’t need a 10-year track record with this friend! If you’re willing to be honest, humble and vulnerable, it will quickly become obvious to others that you’re genuinely interested in a friendship. I’m not recommending ...

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