Overcoming Cultural Blindness

In his book “The Korean Way in Business“, Boye Lafayette De Mente describes the Korean concept of wiom, which literally translated means “dignity”. According to him, wiom is “a type of stylized behaviour that included keeping emotions under control, maintaining an outward calm that concealed thoughts and protected “face”, using the correct form of speech to whomever was being addressed,…

Why our need for instant gratification destroys expatriate adaptability

Indulging in all the pleasures life has to offer right now is a natural tendency for all of us. Naturally, we seek to experience positive feelings, and getting what we want right now is giving us exactly what our brain is craving. Typical examples of the consequences of instant gratification are corporations that want to achieve short-term financial returns but…

Building a Sense of Loyalty to Your Host Country

In his book “Leadership Dubai Style”, Dr. Tommy Weir asks an important question: “I’ve never understood why it’s so easy for “outsiders” to swoop in and complain about the way things are done her [in Dubai], beginning their sentences with “Here in Dubai…”, inevitably followed by a put-down. He argues (rightfully so) that Dubai had tremendous success for quite a…