Four simple steps to a strong start for your team in 2015 

Four simple steps to a strong start for your team in 2015 The new year is here and many of us are returning to work this week after a nice holiday break. If you've been offline for a week or two, it's tempting to jump back in with both feet and hit ... Read More

What’s your Vacation Style?

In our intercultural work we pay a lot of attention to different styles: communication styles, personality styles, conflict-resolution, decision-making, leadership and management styles. We help people understand their own preferred styles and the ... Read More

The Power and Comfort of our Social Networks

I resisted joining Facebook a few years ago, thinking it wasn't for me. Too public. Too young. Too frivolous. A waste of time. I didn't see the point. But I joined because a favorite client asked me to. He invited me to connect and ... Read More

That helpless feeling…

A few weeks ago my friend, Candice, and I both put our 20-something daughters on airplanes and said "good-bye" for the next few months. Our girls were heading off to great adventures---mine  to study French Literature in Nantes, and ... Read More

A little taste of home

I smiled when I saw this photo of the bookshelf in our daughter's new room, in the home of her host family in France. A couple books, a hat and her Frisbee, but especially the plastic jar of roasted almonds from Fred Meyer. What a funny thing to ... Read More

Simple things that feel like home

How do you create a sense of belonging, when you live in a place that doesn't feel like home?  Whether you're studying or working in a different country, or simply moving to a new city or job far away from familiar people and places, ... Read More

12 Grapes at Midnight on New Years Eve

There's a tradition in Spain of eating 12 grapes just before midnight on December 31st, for good luck in the New Year. We were invited to share in this tradition yesterday, with Spanish friends who recently moved with their family to Oregon for a ... Read More

Staying Connected—in the same room, and across the ocean

"2010-The Year Technology Replaced Talking" This headline caught my attention when I was browsing through USA Today online this morning, and I wondered if the writers had been peeking in the windows of our house lately. Like most American ... Read More

Let’s get visible

This has been sort of a recurring theme in conversations with friends and colleagues in recent weeks. While planning for 2011, and brainstorming business ideas, the need to "get more visible" keeps coming up. As a relatively private person, ... Read More

I’ll take an “Incomplete”

Last week while I was reading and grading final assignments for the course I teach at a local university, an e-mail popped into my box from one of the students---a part-time student with a full time, demanding job. She explained that she was ... Read More