What To Learn From The Japanese Decision-Making Process

I will say this upfront: this article is not written in a way to explain the way the japanese decision-making process works. In fact, I wouldn’t be able to do so, since I have never directly experienced it. And in my readings about it, I realized that it is so far off the Western understanding, that unless you directly take…

The Classic Match-Up: Diverse- VS. Homogeneous Work Groups

It is a classic problem and until now it’s unresolved. The question what teams work better: diverse teams or homogeneous one’s. Oh man, all these dilemmas we face…. Creativity vs. performance. Intra-group Conflict vs. Groupthink. Fresh Ideas vs. Real Results and so on… But what if we wouldn’t have to face these dilemmas anymore? What if we could have everything?…

Turning Marmots Into Busy Beavers: Reflections on Motivating People Across Cultures

In Germany, Marmots are called “Murmeltiere”. They are the absolute metaphor for the life of a sleepyhead. It seems the fact that they only sleep through the whole winter, but not the summer, doesn’t seem to matter to us Germans. We just determined that they are lazy and that’s it. End of the discussion. Most of us are also not…

What Matters When We Process Information: Culture or Personality?

Hi guys, Today we will discuss how culture and personality play together in aquiring and remembering information. If you have a look at the model below, you should start with perceptual selection.  Whenever somebody is exposed to new information, he or she decides unconsciously whether or not to pay attention to that information. We make that decision based on both,…

Why You Should Never Forget The Past

Erin Meyer surprised me. A lot. While it was always clear to my mind that a country’s history has a strong impact on its culture, I somehow always neglected that fact. Why? Because history has always been a boring subject for me. I preferred to live in the present, rather than philosophizing about the past. Sorry, dear historians! However, as with…

How to Challenge Your Own Mental Models

Living in a foreign country is awesome. Every day there are situations that challenge your way of thinking. Every day something new and surprising can happen. There are always opportunities for learning. The question is just: do you make use of that? Answer that question to yourself – honestly. I will be frank – I don’t always make use of…

The Way of the Sage: Constant Learning, Harmony and Consensus

Until now Confucianism has a huge impact on several Asian societies such as China, Korea and Japan. That’s why – if we want to understand the Asian way of thinking, we need to understand the teachings of Confucius. Now, what is that all about? Well, the goal of this philosophy is to become a “sage within”. According to Confucius we…

Your Perspective is Never Complete

Your perspective is never complete. Never forget this. I mean, look at the fish. The only thing he can see is the wall. Wow, I feel sorry for him. He must be very lonely. But the humans on the top? They might be able to explore the world, but they still don’t know that in reality they are living on…