Welcome to The Amazing Race Series!
As those who have been reading this blog for awhile know, my passion is global business and I love to travel and interact with different people from different places. Everywhere I go (and I have lived, worked or traveled to over 60 countries), I truly enjoy observing distinct cultures and taking away lessons learned from every place and every culture I interact with. In fact, a good deal of my life’s work is based on this very concept.
I look forward to taking you on my Amazing Race, where I will share with you what I have learned from various cities and countries from around the world – I hope you can use this information to travel well on your journey through global business.
First, we will visit Japan – Bon Voyage!
I have frequently done business in Japan throughout my career. It is interesting how the country and the culture have changed over time, but beneath its surface lies an extremely productive and effective society.
To the outsider – or gaijin, as we are known to the locals – Japanese business customs appear to be so deeply entrenched in culture and tradition that they couldn’t possibly be applicable to the rest of the world. But don’t be too quick to write off the value that Japanese business practices offer the rest of the world…