ENGLISH CHRONICLE No.21: THE POWER OF DIVERSITY

The victory of the French football team at the World Cup 2018 has triggered strong debates over the composition of the champion national team. From TV show anchors to some world leaders or simple social media users, everyone provided his interpretation of what led to the victory. One of the most interesting comments came from former USA President Barack Obama who highlighted how nations and organizations can leverage diversity to reach outstanding results. Below is a transcript of his comment on what he believes is an important asset to the society.

Diversity

“…., and it’s a truth that by the way, when embraced, actually delivers practical benefits. Since it ensures that society can draw upon the talents and energy and skills of all its people. And if you doubt that, just ask the French football team that just won the World Cup. Because not all of those folks look like Gauls to me, but they are French. They are French!”

Let’s learn from this experience to build winning teams in our organizations!

Prosper ZOMBRE

International Business Development Specialist

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ENGLISH CHRONICLE No.20: LET’S TALK ABOUT ANGER

Anger is generally qualified as a negative emotion released by people in reaction to an outside situation of which they have different views or opinions.

Expressed at small and controllable doses, it can help the collocutor correctly understand our expectations to change for better.

Angry Bird

However very often, anger leads us to make destructive comments on the other parties or to take retaliatory measures on them in expectation that things change in our favor. It is counterproductive when anger is expressed in this way. Numerous wise advice have been freely given by famous authors to help us control anger and to reaffirm that it is not the right emotion to use when we want to see change in other people. Let’s meditate on one of them by Marshal Goldsmith in What Got You Here Won’t Get You There:  “There is never anyone in the other boat. When we are angry, we are screaming at an empty vessel”

Let’s show calm in every situation and have a productive week!

Prosper ZOMBRE

International Business Development Specialist

Global Certification

ENGLISH CHRONICLE No.19: DEVEOPOING COUNTRIES AND TRAVEL ADVISORY

As a regular international traveler, I often review travel advisories available from different sources on the Internet. Without reliable local contact in the destination country, travelers generally resort to the various online information as part of their emotional and psychological preparation. Most often than not, those sources portray countries, especially the less developed ones, under the spectrum of permanent insecurity. While some trustworthy publications (from international media and foreign diplomatic representations mainly) are likely supported by facts, they tend to be exaggerated and too scary for anyone unfamiliar with the places described.

Travel Haiti

My most recent experience is a trip to Haiti where I am currently staying for 1 week. Information from foreign diplomatic representations and some random travelers’ describe this country as extremely dangerous place for any foreign visitor.  Surprisingly in the end, I discovered but nice people busy with their duties everywhere I go, ready to help plus the capital city has wonderful landscapes to admire. Of course, not saying that Haiti is an all-time peaceful place. No country actually is. The country has its own challenges like every country has. The fact the travel advisories focus more on the dark side and amplify developing countries insecurity conditions is unfair for their image and adversely impact their development.

Getting ready for travel abroad? Review the in country security conditions for your own safety but most importantly be ready to embrace the good things waiting for you out there

Prosper ZOMBRE

International Business Development Specialist

Global Certification

ENGLISH CHRONICLE No.18: THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL

According to The Global Citizens’ Initiative (TGCI), the term “think global, act local” was first used in a development context by the environmental movement in the 1960s and 70s. It referred to the need to be aware about world-wide environmental issues such as global warming, and then to take action to address these issues by making lifestyle changes in your household and community.

Think Global Act Local

The term has later been used in various domains and mainly in business where it means that managers have to customize their approach to every geographic market while maintaining a global brand and global development strategy. Basically it consists in setting clear global direction for company branches while allowing flexibility for each to adapt to local opportunities and requirements. “Think global, act local” implies how understanding local customers’ needs, respecting local cultures and market regulations can help company grow locally in line with its global strategy.

Global companies such as Mc Donald and Toyota for example excel in “thinking globally and acting locally”.

Want to take your company to international stage? Above concept is the key to seizing opportunities in diverse international markets to ensure global growth.

Prosper ZOMBRE

International Business Development Specialist

Global Certification

ENGLISH CHRONICLE No.17: GREAT QUOTES FOR FATHERS

Yesterday June 17, 2018 was a special day dedicated to fathers in many countries around the world. To all the fathers out there, heart melting quotes have been written down to honor their incredible contribution to their children education for a better world. Couple of them have been captured here to continue magnifying the joy and struggles of fatherhood.

Fathers Day 2018

“To the world, you are a dad. To me you are the world”. From an unknown author…

« My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me. » Jim Valvano

« By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. » Charles Wadsworth

« What you teach your children, you also teach their children. » From an unknown author

« I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers. »  TD Jakes

HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY!

 

Prosper ZOMBRE

International Business Development Specialist

Global Certification

ENGLISH CHRONICLE No. 16: INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ON HARD WORK

I went through the below 7 inspirational quotes on work and success and would like to share them with everyone.

  1. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. » Pele
  1. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Colin PowellHard Work
  2. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison
  3. “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” Ann Landers
  1. “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”Mark Anthony
  2. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” Jack Ma
  1. « In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time. » Dalai Lama

Let’s set the goals high and work hard to reach them. Hoping the above would help kick off the week with great motivation.

Cheers!

Prosper ZOMBRE

International Business Development Specialist

Global Certification

ENGLISH CHRONICLE No.15: SOME TRUTHS ABOUT THE EXPATRIATE LIFE

An expatriate is an individual who left their home country to live and work in a foreign country (host country), generally on an assignment basis for a predetermined period of time. There are lot of benefits associated with an expatriate life, so that moving abroad is a carrier dream for so many people including me. The good things that go with being an expatriate range from higher financial gains, experiencing new cultures to making new friends and enhancing one’s adaptability

Expats life

However settling in a host country is also full of challenges that expatriates rarely unveil. For example, adapting to foreign culture is not given for everyone. It requires lots of efforts, patience and good will to learn the new language and get used to the local customs.  Additionally, the expatriate family life can easily get into troubles if at least one of the members, spouse or children, find it difficult to reside abroad or get split into different countries. From documented surveys, the issues resulting from the family life is the number one reason for expatriate failure. Finally residing abroad is accepting to live with stereotypes because expatriate is most of the time viewed as « the foreigner » in the host country so that some of their actions are being differently interpreted by the locals. At the same time, the expatriate is most likely to experience reverse culture shock when returning to their home country during breaks or at the end of the assignment. It is therefore common for an expatriate to be ironically considered as « a foreigner » in their home country.

Are you tempted to go for the expatriate life? Think of the obvious good reasons for such a move but also consider the hidden backsides of the experience.

Prosper ZOMBRE

International Business Development Specialist

Global Certification