Concerns About Civil Rights Violations in the November Elections and Delegating Your Personal Communications (Not!)

 When I took over as Executive Director of a not-for-profit trade association a few years ago, I quickly uncovered some deep financial problems that preceded my arrival but demanded my immediate attention.  To fill the gap of day-to-day staff management while I focused on organizational issues, I delegated ‘being nice’ to the Managing Director.  He…

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“Harley Rider” Event Broadens Definition of Culture in Intercultural Communications

I got an unexpected lesson in Cross-Cultural Communications last week at the “Almost Home” celebration at Kegel Harley Davidson in Rockford, IL.  Looking across the field of hundreds of ‘bikers’ wearing faded Levi’s and t-shirts, I felt consciously aware of my striped Capri pants and tailored shirt.  “There are no other children here,” I also…

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Integrating Your Multicultural Programming into your Business Culture

 Reaching out to diverse audiences is often a discussion heard in the marketing department of large corporations.  For companies who have made a commitment to multicultural marketing, this can serve as a platform to promote team building and employee morale by leveraging your external goals to create internal programming.  Here’s how: If your company is…

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Marketing Hoegaarden in Dutch to Americans in the Universal Language of Beer

 As I was getting onto the Kennedy in downtown Chicago this week a billboard caught my attention.  It was a 10+ story high image of a tall, presumably icy cold, glass of Hoegaarden beer.  Sure, it caught my attention because it was really hot and the beer promised to be very refreshing.  But mostly because…

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Sorrow

It was less than two weeks ago that Ka-duc Luong wrote here about his experience fleeing from Cambodia as a baby with his mother, and told of her incredible bravery and perseverance to save her family.  My deepest sympathies now go out to Kai and his family, upon learning that his mom has unexpectedly passed…

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