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THAI FACE IN CRISIS

Larry S. Persons, PhD People with ‘face’ in Thai society feel a deep sense of worth that woos them to expect special treatment. But Covid-19 doesn’t really care who you are. This nasty villain is upending social rules and changing the way we all live, including people with wealth, status, titles, talent, fame, and good [...]

Coronavirus & Globalism: Have We Assumed Too Much?

Larry S. Persons, PhD To live, we make assumptions. We sit on chairs assuming they will hold our weight just fine. We step into elevators assuming they will take us to the precise floor we’ve chosen. But assumptions can be risky because they’re invisible and rarely scrutinized. They lull us into a false sense of [...]

How Culture Affects Profit and Loss

Cultural training has taken a bad rap. What do I mean? It’s an optional “soft skill,” something you address if you have surplus in your budget and you’re looking for a feel-good team activity. In other words, it’s inconsequential. It can’t possibly affect P&L. Oh, is that right? If you really believe that, I think [...]

Culture is Everything

CULTURE is everything! “Don’t be ridiculous,” you say, but hang on. Let’s think about basic communication. You want to tell me something? Well, what language will you be speaking, and do I understand that language? If it’s a language we both know, will your accent be so different that I only get pieces of the [...]