Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Blogging About Other People's Culture?

It's funny how nice it is to read about your home country, even after you've been away for a long time.

This morning @3rdCultureChild invited me to read their blog about Bolivia, a South American country I've never been to. You can sense how they are stunned by the landscape in that part of the world and how fascinated they are by the country and their way of life.

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I thought I would find other countries more interesting, but instead I  indulged in nostalgia and read all the blogs on Scotland.

It seems that the American expats are having fun exploring the culture over there, although they seem to be having problems with the weather!

When I moved abroad for the first time I used to pullthe up the webcam of Prince's Street in Edinburgh just to see what was happening in Scotland, even if it was just grey and raining. 

France is winning the ExpatBlogs.com's competition. The French bloggers have the most comments, Facebook posts and retweets. If you want to participate, head over and cast your social media vote.

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

#globalhub November: Where's Home When You're Abroad?

Lack of mobility in the labour force increases unemployment!  Once people buy their home, they want to stay there.

When you move abroad, one of the big decisions that you have is whether to sell your house or not.
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Some companies have policies that enable them to buy your home, but other companies don't address this issue.

You also have to decide what you want to do: do you want to sell your home, do you want to let it out or do you want to leave it vacant. You aren't emigrating, so there is no reason to assume that you won't want to return to your home and not start over trying to buy a house when you arrive.

Homesickness is a big problem among people who live abroad and it can make a big difference to be able to take a break and go home. Being in your home can be a revitalising experience and a short breaks can be as good as returning home for good.

Another problem can be changes in the housing market. If you don't get on the property ladder then you might find your priced out of the market. The cost of housing versus your salary abroad can mean that if you live aboard you can't afford the same lifestyle when you return.

Once you are home, your options can be limited because lenders want collateral and you don't have any.

Today's #globalhub explores how to manage property when you have a global life.

Q1: How does property ownership compare between your home and your host country? #globalhub

Q2: Would you consider buying where you live now? #globalhub

Q3: Are you comfortable renting your home while you are abroad? #globalhub

Q4: Do you think your company should supply housing assistance when you are on an international assignment? #globalhub

Q5: Is property just a place to live or do you consider it an investment? #globalhub

Q6: If you could own any home in the world what kind would you want and where? #globalhub

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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

#globalhub September: Holidays at Home and Abroad

Holidays can become a problem when you live in another country. Most countries have national and local holidays that they take. But you might want to take days off for other holidays that aren't on the national calendar.

The first year we lived in London we found it impossible to find somewhere to celebrate the Fourth of July.
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We ended up having our own party.

Holidays around the world range from being quite culturally specific to universal. Japan is a good example. Greenery Day, dedicated to communing with nature, is surely something with global appeal. But while Marine Day is essential to an island nation, it may not be such a hit in, say, Switzerland.

America also specialises in retail holidays, which aren't national days off, but essential to the bottom lines of stores and restaurants. Valentine's Day, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day (more popular in Boston and New York than in it actually is in Ireland) are a few of the biggest, but retailers are trying squeeze a few more into the calendar.

Join us today @globalhub1 (4pm ET) to talk about different holidays around the world. 

Q1: What's your favourite holiday? #globalhub

Q2: What new holiday do you celebrate because you live (or have lived) abroad? #globalhub

Q3: Do you go home for the holidays? #globalhub

Q4: What is your company's policy on holidays for global worker? #globalhub

Q5: Do you join in with other people's traditions when you are there during a holiday? #globalhub

Q6: What's the biggest holiday party you've been to? #globalhub

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

#globalhub July: Creating Happy Global Teams

Working in a diverse, global environment can be a problem for many people. It is hard to understand an entire culture immediately. Many of the roles that we play are similar between cultures, but the cultures themselves are very different. Getting people to work with you and enjoy it can be difficult if you have different values.
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The best way to understand a culture is to look at the different groups and their histories. Try to expose yourself to open-minded people who will tell you about how patterns and behaviors have been developed and accepted as national identity. Visit historical places and learn as much as you can about the leaders and how they shaped the society.  

Don't be too concerned about making mistakes. It is better to learn about your environment through interaction than to constantly control how you understand and interpret. You were able to learn your first national identity and no-one gave you a manual; why do you think you won't be able to apply the same skills to another nation?

Join us today at 4pm ET @globalhub1.

Q1: What's the biggest challenge to creating a happy global team? #globalhub

Q2: How do you support diversity as a manager? #globalhub

Q3: How do you create shared values in a global team? #globalhub

Q4: How important is informal support when you have a global team? #globalhub

Q5: Is office culture set locally? #globalhub

Q6: What's a fun way to foster team harmony? #globalhub

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

#globalhub May: Is News Funny?

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Satirical news is still shunned as the naughty stepchild of the news, but is it really a new way for us to get our information?

If you are boring on social media no-one will retweet you. If you are too old school then you offend the new generation of digerati who want a real person to engage with them and want to be part of a two-way communication.

Most journalist today are talking about two new trends: curation and social TV. Publications like the Culture-ist, and online tools like Storify are leading the way in bridging the gap between traditional and social media. And what about indymedia? Where does that fit in?

When you move abroad, social media is a great way to get the mood of your home nation. The traditional media doesn't respond like people do. Before it was impossible to know what people felt without being there, but now you can get the tone of a nation on twitter.

Here are the best answers from May's #globalhub:

Q1. What is your preferred source of news (traditional, social media, etc.)?
Q2. Do you trust reporting from your home or host country more?
Q3. Do you feel you have a free press in your home/host country?
Q4. What's your favorite satirical publication or show?
Q5. Do you consider gossip to be news?
Q6. What country's media covers the world the best?
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What Can A Cookbook Teach Us About Globalisation?

One of the main problems in globalisation is developing a global structure that promotes innovation.

Most companies that globalise transplant methods and styles to other cultures and create a parent-child relationship with subsidiaries. Corporate leaders find it difficult to create meta-structures that include different ways of doing things and often replace local systems with their own way.

This cookbook shows how creativity and innovation-- the foundations of doshebu-- can be used to create a global mindset. It pulls together different national cuisines and presents them in a structure that represents globalisation.

Is This Just a Scot Doing it the Scottish Way?

Most Scots wouldn't recognise the dishes included in this book as originating from Scotland. There are dishes that are based in the cuisines of the US, Mexico, France, Japan and Greece.

My book honors the identity of the individual dishes, but globalises the experience.

Chili is one of those dishes that is adopted by cultures as their own. It is a provocative dish. The Mexicans reject it as an abomination to their cuisine and the Texans recognize it as a symbol of their state, a Bowl o' Red. I think of my Turkey Chili as my version of this great dish and not a copy or change to a national cuisine.

If I had created a cookbook that represented my travels, the contents would be traditional dishes made authentically. Thinking globally about taste lets you use different aspects of cuisines to develop new ideas. I like Mexican enchiladas done the traditional way, but I also appreciate a Buree Blanc sauce and the enchilada recipe in the book combines these two styles to create a new way of enjoying the dish.

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

#globalhub March: Starting a Business Abroad, Is it Different for Women?

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The biggest challenge that I find being an entrepreneur is being told how to be a woman. I don't think that I should have to choose a role, or behaviors, that reinforces gender stereotypes. The purpose of doshebu is to develop people and help them to understand how to make the right choice.

When you chose to accept an international assignment, you should consider your values. If you want a more equal relationship with your partner there might be cultural, political or religious barriers to your lifestyle. Some of these barriers might not be obvious.

If you come from a Western country, you might think that because you are required to cover up in the Gulf you will find transitioning difficult. But you may be more uncomfortable in a more permissive society that requires company-sponsored bouts of heavy drinking with co-workers. 

Join us today at 4 ET @globalhub1 to talk about the development of entrepreneurship around the world.

Q1: Who's your favorite women entrepreneur? Past and present. #globalhub

Q2: How difficult is it to set up a women owned business where you are? #globalhub

Q3: What is the political climate for women in your home country versus your host country? #globalhub

Q4: Do you feel that the country you are living in is moving towards equality? #globalhub

Q5: What impact do successful women have on their communities? #globalhub

Q6: Is investment still the biggest challenge globally for women entrepreneurs? #globalhub

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Dysfunctional Culture

Name and Shame, a UK tabloid tactic, is now being used by the UK government. The dark side of culture - creating mob rule. The UK plans to name companies that avoid tax. But isn't it counterintuitive for a healthy nation to harm its citizens.

Columbus, Named and Shamed Around the World!
I often hear the idea that it's the system and that's not about me. I've created more than one system and I work in a leadership field where I discuss how to create a healthy work and national environment.

My advice to the British government is to look at the outcome in its culture of a shame-based system. Controlling people through shame damages them. The businesses the British government want to shame probably need a combination of hard-business skills tailored to a small-business environment and personal leadership skills designed to help them decision-make in a way that maximizes their ROI.

Systems are meant to be open and change and grow. Closed systems decay. If you want to create a great system then you need to understand all the elements and then design an elegant structure. The purpose of a system is to support the people.

You can't make people proud of enforcing rules when the outcome is damaging. There are very large lessons from history about this and people who make history should be wary of making these mistakes.

Making the system support people is central to the debate on immigration. The people who face deportation suffer under a system that doesn't represent people, but has a life of its own. The Australian government should let a Scottish couple who built their lives in Australia stay. They want to, and isn't that important? It seems ridiculous to apply statistical analysis tools to create the stats.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

#globalhub lite: The Pulps

How do you judge a great book? By the binding! Hemingway's expat days in Paris found him in a resale market for French and English books. The French bookseller found it difficult to judge the quality of books in English because the sign of a good book in France is binding, but all the books in English were bound and poorly.

Pulp magazines started in the late 1800s and were targeted at literate lower-class readers. The name came from the type of paper used and the style of story.

One of the great ways to get to know another culture is to read comic books. Translations of comic books into other languages can be an easy way for you to familiarize yourself with the culture you are living in.

There are always stalls in markets that resell books. If you have bare bookshelves when you arrive in another country, you can always head to the local market and pick up some cheap fiction to stock your shelves and read on those nights when you have nothing to do.

This week's #globalhub lite is about pulp fiction and the different comic/dime magazines and novels that make up the genre.

Q1: Which country has the best pulp fiction? #globalhub

Q2: Do you read comics in another language? #globalhub

Q3: Do you have a favorite pulp hero? Old and new. #globalhub

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Cookalong: Cock-a-Leekie Udon

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Japanese food is to our generation what Italian food was to our parents. It is now so popular that you can order Japanese ingredients in supermarkets. 

My husband took me out for my first Japanese meal in New York. My favorite hand roll is spicy tuna, but I feel the call of Udon and often order it when we order for delivery.

There are similarities between Japanese and British cuisine. They are both island and have fish diets, but more interestingly the Celts have used seaweed as a part of their diet too.

How Do I RSVP for the Cookalong?

You can see, hear and chat with me while we cook together using Liveplate Video Chat. To get access to the video chat you need to RSVP by creating a liveplate.com account (you can use your Facebook account) and clicking on the RSVP (this event) button. Once you have RSVP'd you will see a Join the Event icon. On the day, use the icon to join the Liveplate Video Chat.

Cock A' Leekie Udon Recipe

The name of this dish is a nod to my heritage. A traditional Cock A' Leekie doesn't have noodles, is made with a whole chicken, and is flavored with traditional spices and prunes.

The star of the dish here is the crab. I like it because it is a meaty fish, very flavorful, and is something you don't have everyday.

The recipe and preparation is part of the video chat, but here is the recipe if you want to try it yourself.

Ingredients Preparation
1 teaspoon of Five Spice (chinese spices) 1. Pour olive oil in to the pan and heat.
Sprinkle of dried seaweed (to garnish) 2. Saute the shallot, leeks, prawns and Chinese Five Spice together.
1  dessert spoon of olive oil 3. Add the chicken stock.
1/2 pound of shelled prawns 4. Add the udon.
2 shallots (halved) 5. Bring to the boil and simmer until the udon is warm.
1 small tub of white crab meat 6. Serve in a bowl and garnish with the dried seaweed.
1 packet of udon (large Japanese noodles)
1 cup of chicken stock
1 small leek (chopped into 2-inch strips)
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Check out the recipes by clicking on the book link above or visit the liveplate site.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

UK Stocking Up on Garlic and Stakes!

When you live in another country you can become the target of racism. It can be personal, or it can come from a government.

An expat twilight zone
It is important that you don't dismiss the threat you are under. Psychological warfare is dangerous and it can create a climate of hate that leads to racist attacks like the attack on Romanians that happened after the UK leaked a negative ad campaign designed to discourage Romanians from living there.

Where Can I Get Help?

When you are abroad and a government targets you or your country, it is important to ensure your personal safety. Contact your embassy for information about what you should do and whether the country is still safe for you.

If you are in a war zone, you may need to leave, but you might be in a country that's experiencing development and you may need some protection. If you are a high-profile citizen, or in an high-profile job, then you should contact your company/government and ask them to organize a bodyguard.

If you were on the ground in Afghanistan people would believe that you felt threatened, but it might be more difficult to get your company's HR department to understand and believe you. You need to use a more military mindset under these circumstances. Don't be too naive to believe that a government wouldn't target a country and don't be too shocked to respond to aggressive citizens who want to hurt you and your family.

Establish Regular Contact with Your Relatives

Your network at home is important at this point. Call them and tell them what is happening to you. You should also make sure that they can contact you when they need to. A news report of an attack will probably upset them and you should be prepared to let them know that you are OK.

How Do I Handle Work?

It may also become difficult for you to discuss the attacks at work. If your manager is from the country that you are working in, he or she might be unsympathetic to the threats you feel and may respond aggressively to criticism of their nation and your unrealistic expectations of inclusion.

HR should be the place that your concerns are heard and you should approach them for help. Before you meet with HR document the problem and work on framing the information in a way that shows your commitment to your assignment and lets them understand that you need support.

Before you bring up the situation at work, consider the culture in your company. Some companies don't handle requests for help well, they make judgments on you based on the circumstances and can reason that although you aren't creating these problems that it only happened because you were there.

If you are caught in the crossfire, why not spend some time comparing the British vs' Romanian dark sense of humor. 

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

#globalhub Feb: The Great and the Good of Leadership

Leadership is a term that makes us think about powerful people, but people who go on international assignments know it's part of their day-to-day lives and how good you are at it is a predictor of your success. 

When you move your family abroad it takes leadership to create a new life, manage the move and  transition into another culture. At work there are new challenges to understand and requirements on you to create opportunities for growth. Changes in your way of life challenges your identity and makes you reflect on the person you are and the way of life you have.

World leaders can set the tone of countries and the beliefs of a leader can make a huge difference in your life. Countries that welcome immigration and global talent open up trade and innovation between nations, countries that close borders and scapegoat people from certain countries damage the relationship between nations and put up barriers to growth in their local economies.

Join the #globalhub chat today at 4pm EST @globalhub1.

Q1: What is your favorite leadership success story? #globalhub

Q2: Which leaders have more impact on your day-to-day life, the political leaders in your home or host country? #globalhub

Q3: Local Heroes. Describe the character traits that are admired in your local community. #globalhub

Q4: What cautionary tale do you have about leadership? #globalhub

Q5: Are there opportunities for cross-border leadership in your company? #globalhub

Q6: How do global leaders use HR in your company? #globalhub

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Friday, 25 January 2013

3 Things to Take Home from Davos

As the World Economic Forum in Davos winds down, you'll see a barrage of wrap-up stories from the media. The easiest one to write and assign will be "What are the big takeaways from this year's meeting?" The answer is usually something nebulous about the fragility of the global economy or the need for change (as if change somehow doesn't occur organically).

But those at the WEF should really concentrate on things they can actually take away from Davos besides freebies from the meetings and sleep deprivation. Here are 3 takeaways ...

Kirsch is tough to combine, but gin and wine work well

1. Buy Kirsch and make this cocktail

They have the best Kirsch on Davos' Talstrasse in a local store. Every year the place has delegates stocking up on their gifts to take home. Kirsch is a eau-de-vie. Drink it straight if you like the taste or you can add it to this fantastic brunch cocktail found in Harry Craddock's "Savoy Cocktail Book."

Moonlight Cocktail (Savoy Cocktail Book)

2 glasses of gin
2 glasses of wine
1 1/2 glasses of grapefruit juice
1/3 glass of Kirsch

1. Cheap gin works well in this because the main taste is the Kirsch and the grapefruit juice.
2. This is strong, but the measures are good.
3. Chill in the fridge and serve over ice cubes.
4. You can make this the day before and leave it overnight.

2. Grilled cheese for cheats!

Buy a Raclette souvenir in one of the stores. It's a wood board and a Teflon (non-stick) cheese-melting dish. I think you can get them in the supermarket at the end of the promenade. If not, you should definitely search for them, especially if you want to give a gift to an American friend who covets grilled cheese sandwiches.

This may seem like an outdoor thing, but if you have a gas cooker in your home, you can use the flame to melt the cheese by balancing the non-stick dish on the burner.

3. Do something that the locals do

Check out the line dancing class that happens on Thursday nights at the end of the promenade in the first restaurant off the main drag. It is mostly women, but with a few glasses of beer down it is really good fun.

Davos also has an ice hockey team, HC Davos. If you are there for a game you should check them out.

And if you do nothing else stop by Pizza Padrino on the way to the train station and get one of their famous Jager pizzas (topped with venison) for the train ride to Zurich.

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

World Leaders vs' The Reality of Migration

"In 2011-12, the (World Economic Forum's Global Agenda) Council examined the relationship between the private sector and migration, and the impact companies and migrants have on each other. The Council concluded that the private sector has much to contribute, but is sorely missing from migration policy-making channels."

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doshebu was started in 2008 to address the needs of business in the field of international human resource management.

Unlike traditional businesses, doshebu sees the interaction between business, politics and culture as essential to the success of an international assignment.

The services are designed to create the next generation of world leaders and help expatriates who think about a boundaryless world and who get involved in change as a way to improve everyone's life.

What are the main problems in business?
  • HR staff lack the training to deliver international human resource management programs.
  • Corporate leaders lack the ability to mentor and train staff in new countries. 
  • A new framework is needed for decision making on globalisation. 
  • Short-term strategies employed by companies to exploit legal loopholes or reduce the lawyer bill make it difficult to feel that you belong to a new country.
  • Illogical arguments that lead to failure aren't seen as wrong. 
  • Trade theory has created exploitation.
  • Diplomatic links aren't business orientated.
  • Cultural training is necessary, but it is a trojan horse for innovation and creativity.
  • Lack of entrepreneurial roles in business for repatriates leads to attrition and loss of value.
  • Lack of measurement and understanding of value.
  • Forcing failure on non-conforming migrants instead of developing an understanding of the expatriate life cycle and the value in it. 
What are the main problems in government?
  • Governments can't fight back against the xenophobic attempts of frightened citizens because they fear losing elections if they criticize voters.
  • Citizens are offended that they are abandoned by their fellow citizens and want to punish expatriates for leaving them behind.
  • Underfunding of immigration departments and a status-based immigration system create slow processing and corruption in the system.
  • Inexperience in the immigration department meaning skills and benefits aren't acknowledged. 
  • Scapegoating and blaming by political parties to court a base reduces confidence by immigrants that they will be able to have their complaints resolved.
What are the main problems in cultures?
  • Dysfunction in a national culture means that competition and status is more important than inclusion and development. 
  • Lack of understanding about growth and self-expression means that citizens can't see the creative potential of migrants, emigrants and expats.
  • A culture of entitlement in current residents creates exclusion and isolation for immigrants.
  • Top-down leadership drains creativity and innovation.
  • Rejection of change in the host culture.
  • Migrants are forced to informally represent their culture when they aren't traveling to represent their nation.
  • Forcing competition between the migrant and the local population to prove that your country is the best burns out migrants and makes them want to leave. 
Tomorrow's graduates think about a world where they can work wirelessly and travel without borders and boundaries. Our technology (satellite, solar power, and virtual spaces) combined with the right global trends make living a life beyond national boundaries a reality.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Global Cook's Roundup: Indian Meat and Potatoes

For cooks and foodies with an interest in spices, culture, pairings, food history and nutrition. Part of the #cookalong series. Recipes From the Global Scottish Kitchen cookbook by Sharon Lorimer.

#globalhub lite: Reality TV vs' WEF (Today @ 1 ET / 7 CET)

I woke up extra early this morning to catch up on two things: the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos and the recaps of last night's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Surprisingly, the tweets for #WEF and #RHOBH weren't too dissimilar.

There's a lot of talk about money, extravagant parties, fights and minor lawsuits. You'd have to spend a while trying to figure what would be harder to crash, Google's DJ party up in the Alps or Brandi's girls-night-out in Vegas.

I'm not sure why a few select WEF regulars haven't been given the green light by producers for a Davos reality show. But it's probably only a matter of time. And with that possibility in mind we offer these #globalhub lite questions.

Q1: What would you name the Davos reality show? #globalhub

Q2: What reality star would you like to see attend Davos? #globalhub

Q3: Which benefits society more: reality TV or the World Economic Forum? And, why? #globalhub

Join us today at 1 pm EST or 7 pm CET @globalhub1 and use the hashtag #globalhub.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Global Nomad to Munich: Guardiola's Football Philosophy

What should you do when you have your pick of any number of international assignment? Maybe look at the actions of soccer manager Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona chief signed a three-year contract to manage German powerhouse Bayern Munich after an unprecedented, hugely successful stint at Barca.

Will Munich Fall in Love with Pep?

Making Your Next Move 

After Barca, he moved to New York for his kids to get some immersion in English and contemplated his next move.

After his trophy haul at Barcelona, the world's top clubs were just waiting for him to signal his return to the game. With a few exceptions, he had his pick of teams in Europe.

Leader in His Field

That's why Guardiola's choice of Bayern is so interesting. He chose based on ethos and this dovetails with doshebu's philosophy on international assignments.

Although salary details were not disclosed, it's almost certain he could have gotten more money at either Chelsea or Manchester City, both of which have billionaire owners ready to spend freely to improve their teams.

But it's clear that Guardiola's time at Barcelona shaped his idea of how a soccer club should be run and wanted that same philosophy to be present in his new endeavor.

Manchester City has very little history of developing youth talent (although it is investing in this) and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich changes managers more than yachts.

Bayern, on the other hand, is a well-run, very transparent club with good governance. It will likely give Guardiola a strong leadership position as the public face of the club (no pesky super-rich owner hovering in the luxury box).

And like Barcelona, it also has a strong commitment to supporters and has kept ticket prices down compared with other continental giants.

Clearly Guardiola was looking for that kind of familiarity and stability and it trumped cash and also the comfort of knowing the language (he doesn't speak German -- yet).

Global Cook's Roundup: Turkey Chili

For cooks and foodies with an interest in spices, culture, pairing, food history and nutrition. Part of the #cookalong series. Recipes From the Global Scottish Kitchen cookbook by Sharon Lorimer.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

#globalhub lite: Eating

In addition to our monthly #globalhub Twitter chats we'll be doing a weekly Global Hub Lite conversation. Every Tuesday, we'll host 30-minute discussions on a lighter, more fun topic related to the global experience.
This week we will be talking about something truly universal: eating. In our global experience the cuisine of a nation can be the gateway to understanding and getting the most out of the culture. Join us at 5 p.m. EST on @globalhub1 and bring your appetite.

Q1: What restaurants do you see as global meeting places?

Q2: Hidden treasures! Which restaurants do you know about because you've lived abroad?

Q3: Which experience gives you a better insight into the local food culture: fine dining or food trucks?

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Cookalong: Indian Meat and Potatoes

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Growing up I used to eat mince and potatoes. When I married my husband, his English mum gave me a book with a keema recipe in it.

In a multi-racial, multi-cultural family, it is easy to be creative because people keep introducing you to different things. I've made this dish my own by introducing new spices.

Keema is a staple in Pakistan; this dish is aromatic, made with oil, and minced beef.  Meat is prevalent in the cuisines of Northern India and Pakistan where many people follow Muslim halal traditions (pork is not allowed). Cooking local dishes on an international assignment is a great way to understand different cultures.

How Do I RSVP for the Cookalong?

You can see, hear and chat with me while we cook together using Liveplate Video Chat. To get access to the video chat you need to RSVP by creating a liveplate.com account (you can use your Facebook account) and clicking on the RSVP (this event) button. Once you have RSVP'd you will see a Join the Event icon. On the day, use the icon to join the Liveplate Video Chat.

Keema Recipe

I've added my favorite spices to the dish. They are influenced by traditional blends. I've added chat masala, but you can use other masalas or curry powder.

The dish also contains pomegranate seed, nodding to the Persian influence in the region. The pomegranate seeds are the key to this dish. The masala and the coriander seeds can be replaced by curry powder, but not the pomegranate!

The recipe and preparation is part of the video chat, but here is the recipe if you want to try it yourself.

Ingredients Preparation
1 tablespoon of ghee or olive oil 1. Cut the potatoes in to small pieces and pre-cook in the microwave for 3 minutes (or until slightly cooked).
1teaspoon pomegranate seeds 2. Chop the onion.
1 teaspoon Chat Masala 3. Add the ghee (or olive oil) to the pan.
1 teaspoon of Tumeric 4. Add the garlic and ginger paste and then onions.
1 teaspoons coriander seeds 5. Add the meat, brown, and then add the spices and stir well.
1 teaspoon of garlic and ginger paste 6. Add the tomato puree.
1 pound of ground beef 7. Add the potatoes and peas.
1 medium onion (finely chopped) 8. Serve in a bowl with bread and yogurt.
1 cup of peas
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1 tablespoon of tomato puree
2 large potatoes (chopped)
Plain yogurt and naan bread

Check out the recipes by clicking on the book link above or visit the liveplate site.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

#globahub Jan 2013: How Good is Your International Assignment Program?

Most companies don’t have formalized programs for international assignments. They are rarely measured to understand the return on investment or recognized as a talent management and development opportunity.

This month’s globalhub talks about the level of internal development of international assignment programs and company-versus-person reasons for accepting an international assignment.

Q1: Does your company have a formalized international assignment process?

Q2: What is the business case used to justify an international assignment in your company? #globalhub

Q3: What international assignment expenses are covered and why? #globalhub

Q4: What is the culture in your company about international assignments? #globalhub

Q5: Who chooses the person to go on an international assignment? #globalhub

Q6: What are the reasons you do or don’t accept an international assignment? #globalhub