Tag: travel

Negotiating in the global marketplace

An article recently posted to Inc. discusses charts by Richard Lewis that “reveal how to negotiate with people from around the world.” As a third-party quality provider, this is a key value for us because we absolutely agree that cultural considerations are key in negotiation and general business activities and it can be a significant barrier in sourcing activities in particular. Having local knowledge and cultural expertise is a competitive edge for us, no doubt.

Lewis’ book, When Cultures Collide, further discusses the topic, and we’ll be checking it out.  The Inc. article quoted and paraphrased the following from this source:

  • Canadians, compared to Americans, tend to be more low-key and inclined to seek harmony, though they are similarly direct.
  • English tend to avoid confrontation in an understated, mannered, and humorous style that can be powerful or inefficient.
  • Germans rely on logic but “tend to amass more evidence and labor their points more than either the British or the French.”

Packing tips for travel efficiency…

As an international organization operating in over thirty countries, travel is not uncommon.

We saw the video below and had to share these great tips.

Regarding travel, we’ve also discussed avoiding jet lag and have highlighted areas all over the world in our Focus on Travel newsletter column.  Some of the areas we’ve written about include:

Bangkok, Thailand 

Budapest, Hungary 

Hangzhou, China

Qingdao, Shandong, China 

Tampa Bay, Florida, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Sydney – New South Whales, Australia 

Dusseldorf, Germany

Madrid, Spain

Guadalajara, Mexico 

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico 

Seoul, South Korea

Hanoi, Vietnam 

Contact us for assistance with travel arrangements during factory visits.  We have local resources available for translating and logistical assistance.

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Can jet lag be avoided?

Attracting the attention of Pro QC’s Managing Director, Ed Sanchez, was an article relating to avoiding jet lag.  As a frequent flyer visiting our offices in over thirty countries, it is understandable why!  Also, many of our clients are well aware of jet lag too, frequently visiting factories or operations abroad.

Jet lag (AKA desynchronosis) is described as “extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across several time zones.”  While not everyone suffers from jet lag, it can certainly make travel unpleasant for others.  Interestingly, “the condition is not linked to the length of flight, but to the trans-meridian (west–east) distance traveled. A ten-hour flight from Europe to southern Africa does not cause jet lag, as travel is primarily north–south. A five-hour flight from the east to the west coast of the United States may well result in jet lag.” (Source)

The article forwarded to me by Mr. Sanzhez was interesting.  The recommendations of the blogger, Chris Kilham, a frequent traveler himself, are sound:

  • Start out rested.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Drink plain water.
  • Drink little or no alcohol.
  • Meditate on flights for at least a few minutes.

In addition, Kilham offers supplement suggestions that include melatonin and ginseng.

The travel editor for TODAY, Peter Greenberg, added the importance of restricting food on the flight.

Molly Ogorzaly, with Travelsmart, offers twelve steps to avoid jet lag.  Suggestions include the importance of moving to avoid DVT and setting your clock to the destination time at the beginning of the flight.

Reaching out to a couple of Pro QC’s key team members that travel often, they shared the following advice:

“Just go through the day.  No matter when you arrive, hold on and sleep with everyone else.  I also believe that frequent overseas travelers can adjust faster than non-frequent overseas travelers.” ~Fernando Rodriguez, Account Manager

“My remedy to jet lag is more or less the same as the one described by Fernando. I usually try to sleep as much as I can on the plane and I immediately adjust to whatever time it is at destination. If I arrive in the early morning spend the whole day without sleeping and if I arrive at night I go to bed at the time I would go to bed back home. In any case, it is best not to sleep before 11:00 pm. I have had the experience to fall asleep around 4:00pm~5:00pm but that has resulted in me being jet lagged for the next 5 days or so and waking up in the middle of the night within able to fall asleep again. Also, as soon as I arrive I follow the local breakfast/lunch dinner pattern. This helps the body adjust faster.” ~Bruno Singier, Sales & Marketing Director (Europe, Middle-East & Asia)

“I do several things to minimize jet lag, including trying to adjust my schedule at least a week in advance, eat and sleep on the destination schedule en route and minimize alcohol consumption.” ~Michael L. Hetzel, VP/Americas

The China Trip Wrap-Up (Resources/References)

Since returning from the offices in Shanghai, Ningbo and Shenzhen, I’ve put together several resourceful articles.  Pending content includes the video series, which I will be working on over the coming weeks.  Existing content includes:

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Blog articles:

Newsletter articles:

Personal perspective:

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