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October 14, 2015

Happy birthday to Stanley & Culture shock…boom

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Understand that Stanley would prefer to keep a low profile, but let's put our hands together and wish him a very happy birthday! We celebrate his birthday over the lunch that lasted very very long in conjunction with the journey we are about to embark on for the whole year. It was such a preasure start as the topics were all about marriage, social pressure, investment and educational system etc. except for either mini or mega projects.....Then the culture shock just totally floods into my mind, and I am sure Ipek and Vannessa feel the same. Wanna know in details? sorry it's our secret haha...

Now for a taster of the culture shock, lets see how the Chinese education system challenge the UK one. An experiment called " Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school" had been carried out by a UK high school and filmed by BBC documentary that 50 british students had to spend one month of school under the classes run by 5 chinese teachers, then they will sit in with other students to take the exams. The experiment is taken under the circumstances that UK students are falling behind in international competitions and wishes to see whether chinese education works in UK.

Taster is here: OR

The result (or you should say the short-term result) is not suprising but is it really the right approach to teach and to learn? The question is still haunting. Coming from a highly result-oriented background no matter in education, work force or even social context, I can already sense how my way of learning, living and performing will be challenged throughout the year.

What? Leaders are like farmers?

Leaders are like farmers? Seriously!

Farmers can never make the seeds geminate, but what they can do is to provide the right kind of soil, with the right combination of clay, the right temperature and the right amount of water and even sunshine etc. They plant the seeds, monitor the process and it almost guaranteed the seeds will grow and harvest as expected.

For leaders, it is almost the same logic. Leaders do not teach or motivate their followers or employees. They care for the physchological needs, for example, their feelings of autonomy, competence and relatedness, help them with right thinking process and create the approporiate environment for them to be self-motivated. That is the way to create engaged employees and in return almost without any doubts, they will create value back to the organization.

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