GEDA: a Framework for coming up with Creative Solutions for Conflict in Cross-cultural Negotiations

In their book “Strategies for effective cross-cultural negotiation“, Joo Seng and Lim claim that ‘while individuals are very good at value claiming, they are very poor at value creation’. The good thing about cross-cultural conflicts is that just like any other conflict, they provide us with the potential of coming up with an altogether new solution – one that allows…

Why Living Abroad Makes You More Creative

In 2009, the first study was released which displayed empirical evidence that that living abroad has a clear correlation with creative ability. Today I want to discuss the question why this is the case. To do so, we will have a look at the work of two eminent figures in the field of creativity and insights: Edward DeBono and Gary…

How to use Google Docs to Collaborate on Creative Processes

Today I successfully reinvented the wheel. I was thinking about how to create a process on how to create more ownership for an idea. What I thought of was a tool in which team members collaborative on a task by using an interface in which each team members can add thoughts, edit and delete things. So what I came up…

One Simple Idea For Implementing Feedback Processes in Asia

All expats who have managed a team in Asia know it: implementing feedback processes in Asia is very hard. People simply aren’t used to receiving feedback on an individual basis. If you do try to implement a process, then it happens on a regular basis that either people feel like they are losing face, or that they give each other…

What role values play in the Negotiation Process

In 2011, a team of negotiators from Google met with a team of representatives of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Google’s move to digitize books, and other published content, led to an uproar in the publishing industry. To them, the digitization and offering of free copyrighted material clearly was a copyright violation and threatened the revenue…

Why Germany is Losing the Innovation Battle

Why is Germany – the land of ideas – losing the innovation battle against Silicon Valley? Author Christoph Keese went on a journey to the Silicon Valley to find out for himself and published his findings in the amazing book “Silicon Valley: Was aus dem maechtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt“. Unfortunately there is no English translation available so…