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Thai Values 4.0: What Thais Can Learn from Netflix (Part 2)

Thai Values 4.0: What Thais Can Learn from Netflix (Part 2)

Larry S. Persons, PhD What’s Your ‘North Star?’ To embark on any journey, it’s a good idea to know where you are trying to go. Here’s our direction: “How can we contextualize Netflix culture to Thai culture in such a way that it fuels unbounded creativity and...

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Thai Values 4.0: What Thais Can Learn from Netflix (Part 1)

Thai Values 4.0: What Thais Can Learn from Netflix (Part 1)

Larry S. Persons, PhD Why Innovation Is So Difficult Stay tuned for more of blogs that guide expat business leaders in Thailand to confront their biases and work smarter—culturally smarter. But that’s not the only thing I do. Today I pivot to address a different...

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How to Be a Good Expat Leader in Thailand: Part 2

How to Be a Good Expat Leader in Thailand: Part 2

Larry S. Persons, PhD A Delicate Balance: Giving Performance Feedback to Thais This is Part 2 of our series on How to Be a Good Ex-pat Leader in Thailand. To read Part 1, where we focus on establishing a foundation of trust,...

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How to Be a Good Expat Leader in Thailand: Part 1

How to Be a Good Expat Leader in Thailand: Part 1

Larry S. Persons, PhD It All Starts with Trust Think back. Remember your feelings the first time you saw the boundless horizon of an ocean? Moving abroad to work in an unfamiliar culture is a lot like standing on a virgin beach and gazing at a delightful expanse of...

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Why Your Thai Team Doesn’t Meet Deadlines

Why Your Thai Team Doesn’t Meet Deadlines

Larry S. Persons, PhD If you’re a foreigner working with Thais, remember that you are as strange to your colleagues as they are to you. Symbols of this disconnect, like the language barrier, are as obvious as the nose on your face. But far more obtuse are the hidden...

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Thai Face in Crisis

Thai Face in Crisis

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 looks.

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Coronavirus & Globalism: Have We Assumed Too Much?

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...

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How Culture Affects Profit and Loss

How Culture Affects Profit and Loss

Larry S. Persons, PhD 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...

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Culture is Everything

Culture is Everything

Larry S. Persons, PhD 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...

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