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Coaching Upwards in Asia

By On March 7, 2015

Essentially, this concept of  “Coaching Up” traditionally does not exist in this region of the world and comes across as supremely counter-cultural. I was recently leading a workshop on Doing Business in… Read More


Curiosities of Amber Alerts

By On February 15, 2015

“How could people be so callous?”, thought Susan, a lovely American girl just starting out at an international school in Hong Kong after moving over from the Midwest. “What’s up with the… Read More


Vietnam à la française

By On November 16, 2014

Having spent 8 wonderful years as an expat in Paris, I’m often on the lookout for French cultural influences wherever my travels may take me. Vietnam is no exception and it certainly… Read More

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WE Magazine for Women – Helen Bannigan in Top 100

By On November 11, 2014

Special thanks to WE Magazine for Women for including me in the Class of 2014 Top 100 Women in Ecommerce. “From the boardroom to design room, Wall Street to Main Street, women… Read More

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So, You’re Going “Home”

By On November 11, 2014

Top 3 Secrets to Successful Repatriation So, you’re going home! After so many years abroad, you’re finally returning home. Congratulations! Wait, home?? What is this “home”? What are the challenges to moving… Read More

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Your Blood is No Good Here

By On May 30, 2014

Speaking of donating blood, I found out that you can’t donate blood here in Hong Kong if you have lived anywhere in Europe in the last ten years. Because of mad cow… Read More

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Don’t Call Me, and I Won’t Call You

By On May 21, 2014

Ring, ring ME: Hello? CALLER: Silence. ME: Hello?? (with more emphatic intonation) CALLER: silence ME: Whaayee? (Cantonese for Hello, with loads of tonality to show the onset of impatience) CALLER: Silence. ME:… Read More

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WiFi Madness

By On April 9, 2014

Life without WiFi? Inconceivable! How could anyone possibly live without WiFi?! You may have heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is a handy tool to use during cultural training sessions to… Read More