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 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
Family, places and...
By Sharon Lorimer
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