In March of 2014, I met students at a Starbucks coffee shop for a period of three days. During my interviews with the students, I asked each student a series of questions, one question which was directly related to their five strengths (according to Buckingham & Clifton, 2001). During the question process, once I wrote down the five strengths, I made a mental note of each and altered the questionnaire process to conduct an experiment with each student. In total, I asked the same five questions of around 120 students in my attempt to assess each students’ level of fluency in speaking English. In previous interviews I had conducted, I also asked the same five questions of my students with[…]

yi2 da4 dui1         我有一大堆问题 (因为我的问题太多了),因为我住在中国          他讲了一大堆 nian2nian2de         夏天太热了,我的身上粘粘的 (因为我出了很多汗)         年糕(nian2gao1=rice cakes)吃起来粘粘的,很好吃         我有一大对吃起来粘粘的年糕         一个星期没打扫(da3sao3=clean),我的地板(di4ban3=floor)粘粘的 qian1ming2         你需要我的签名吗?         请在这签名吧         (不能说”签名”你的名字)         树(shu1=book)上有我的签名         填表(tian2biao3=fill the form, biao3=form)的时候需要签名 ca1diao4 (mo3diao4=wipe away [abstract form])         请你把墙(qiang2=wall)上的脏(zang1=dirty)东西擦掉         把你的签名擦掉         把这个粘粘的东西擦掉/擦掉这个粘粘的东西         我要把我的记忆(ji4yi4=memories)抹掉 dian4zi3         中国的电子业(ye4=industry)正在进步(jin4bu4=progress)中         在考试中,学生不能用电子词典(ci2dian3=dictionary)         时代广场卖很多电子产品(chan3pin3=products, shang1pin3=commodities, 商品) gan1ga4         他问我一个很尴尬的问题 (问我是不是一个星期没换(huan4=change)衣服(yi1fu)了)        […]

Project GLOBE defines itself as: a network of 170 social scientists and management scholars from 61 cultures throughout the world, working in a coordinated long-term effort to examine the interrelationships between societal culture, organizational culture and practices, and organizational leadership. The meta-goal of the Global Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (GLOBE) Research Program is to develop an empirically based theory to describe, understand, and predict the impact of cultural variables on leadership and organizational processes and the effectiveness of these processes. (GLOBE monograph, Cultural influences on leadership and organizations) Both Mansour Javidan and Robert House are key members of GLOBE and are important members of the content of what I wish to discuss in this article, as they wrote “Cultural acumen[…]

Hong Kong: 2010. My wife and I are walking under the colossal towers, moving between street and cloud as we escalate the Skyway, our eyes carefully scanning the perimeter of sidewalks and into glass-bound buildings for any kind of restaurant that would serve, well, Chinese food. After two hours of walking past spamburger joints and dim sum parlors, we give up and go into McDonalds. For an international city, Hong Kong is pretty barren of traditional Chinese restaurants. At the end of the week based on an internet recommendation, we head to Hong Kong’s premiere Chinese restaurant, the gaudy Jumbo Kingdom’s “Dragon Court”, but we barely start eating before we realize the food is cold and there isn’t a soul[…]