Body-language and nonverbal communication

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Pictures of the radical change in China

We all know about the radical change in China. It’s obvious as change happens everywhere. Change always is embodied in daily life. Just have a look at some photos which show the big difference in social life, in urbanisation, in the job and in relationship. Look at China, say 30 years ago, and look at China today.

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Be aware of the people around you

….so that you will find out by yourself:

People do often change, but mostly they don`t talk about it.

So, if you are aware pick up the chance to listen to the resonance in yourself. And meet again with this Person. What will happen then? Enjoy!


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Money is not all

The economic and cultural change goes rapidly in China. Some may call it a cultural clash, some may call it just development, some may call it a political challenge, some may all it not acceptable or what ever.

Fact is that in contrast to other cultural change just like in India the Old and the New often exist side by side. Without any connection. You might get the impression of some underlying implicit protest which is hidden in such fotos as shown in the article below. Or you might get the impression of just “Both together”. Just like: it is like this.

Interesting is the idea of how strong the attachment to the old tradition is. ANd the fight for this traditional attachment. In this case, people were offered more than € 150 000 but refused to take the money.

So also in China money does not rule all.

Even if you cannot read German. Look at the fotos and you will understand.

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Change (3) and  Palaver – Traditional African Decision making

Maybe you have heard about palaver. In Germany we understand palaver as talking this and that, small talk and things like this.

But: palaver in Africa is a very old, important communication model of social and political discussion/discourse. Psychoanalysts and ethnologists did a lot of research on that in the 1920s. Here is a short picture about palaver in those days.

“They sit under a tree and talk until ……………

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 Change (2) and integration

Some days ago I talked about change, mergers and development in China and Europe. Today I want to line out another model of approaching change.

To begin with I want to remind you about how a merger usually functions in western countries.

Mostly there’s a strong partner and a weak partner. Mostly the strong partner tries to get the small partner (though often this is not addressed too directly and openly). Then, to make it short, management tries to find synergy effects, tries to reduce costs and to bring people together in a team or in a unit being convinced that if the employees are put together they will work together sufficiently and successfully.

As I told you already this kind of management fails in about 70-80% of those mergers.

If change develops like this, this process often …………..

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Integration  :  a short short-story

I have the money,

 I have the body,

We follow our heart.


Both decide big change in their life.

She is killed in a car accident.

He brings her dead body back to her family in China.

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Change and decision making: Traditional – modern- or how ???

Last week I listen to some experts at a symposium at Bochum University ( ).  A management expert who had worked for different companies in China and in Germany and who nowadays supports companies as an intercultural consultant focused one special Chinese habits like this: China often keeps up traditional organizations and at the same time, so to say parallel to this, they begin with a new model of organization. He also explained that many of these Chinese projects follow the function of: Does it work out or not? If it works out, the new kind of organization can more easily be taken over and integrated in society or business. Instead of the other.

Many western people or organizations or companies will think differently about ……………..

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Enjoy your (traditional) culture – a model of connected thinking

When talking to Chinese here in Germany I often face a strong affinity to their own culture. Once I heard that an ancient book, probably written three – or four hundred years ago, is still listed on the book charts. It is and that astonished me really very, very popular regarding younger people. This could not be as possible in Germany as it is in China. 😉

When showing my astonishment the Chinese looked at me not understanding my astonishment. They were convinced that being connected to their cultural roots is a self-evidence.

Two weeks ago I talked to a Chinese woman who finished her IT-study and who had decided to earn her income not by working as an IT-specialist but by painting.

Of course she had been busy as an artist for

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Confucianism and the Family

by George A. De Vos















It is a very interesting book for those who want to explore more and deeper the relationsship of old traditions and family life in Japan. You will see how important the Confucianism was for establishing and regualting family and social life. Up to now. By reading you will …………………………..

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