Cultural and language differences can transform a familiar scenario into one freighted with unpredictable difficulties in communication, but it also opportunities for learning new techniques.
And so I launch my week-long Russian sojourn, with business consulting seminars in the city of Izhevsk, Russia. An oil city of 700,000 people located about 900 kilometers east of Moscow, Izhevsk boasts a major university that is innovative and progressive – Udmurt State University.
I’ve always had superb experience lecturing bright young Russians at the university over the past 11 years, and I expect that this time will be no different. Lectures on Business Strategy, Foreign Policy, and History will alternate with delightful sessions of the ubiquitous and exquisite Russian hospitality.
I hope to share insights upon my return. I’m certain they will be made known to me . . . I learn something new on each visit.
I feel especially powerful today.