For a while since his last newsletter. At that time, I reported why the New Year's resolution failed. This newsletter drew attention to CBC and I was invited to go into the studio on January 1 morning to discuss my views. It was a great experience on TV. Visitors can view my 5-minute segment in the CBC on my website (or Media Center) and scroll down until the link to YouTube appears.
Today this newsletter comes to us from Moscow, Russia. For 6 weeks I am a leadership communication training at an oil technology company. This is the first time in Russia and I can tell you that there are certain obstacles to communication.
First of all, I can not read in Russian, and as you assume, I can not talk (though I'm slowly learning sentences). This means that one has to depend on one's face and body language. Fortunately, I studied it thoroughly. We are all human, so people are prone to the same gestures as anger, confusion, happiness, etc. So far, the best tool is cautious and cautious observation. They mimic their behavior for formal tasks just to be sure. Yes, I guess you forgive me if I make a cultural mistake, but honestly it's a lot better to avoid them! The first impressions count a lot everywhere.
I also ask questions from responsible persons, observations or readings. For example, did you know that in Russia, most of the meetings and greetings will be handled by men, even if they are not official? I think home, we just do that, thank you and see you. Here you may be holding hands with the same guys 3 or 4 times a day. Nevertheless, they told me that women would not shake hands. They do not consider it necessary to be so formal. Interestingly, eh?
Well, I have to see the site around tomorrow in Moscow so I'm ending this newsletter. All in all, "so good" I can say, and I look forward to learning more Russian and Russian culture. Then the obstacles to communication do not seem so big.
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