Sunday, May 18, 2014


GOT INDONESIAN BUSINESS HEAD ACHES - this will explain a lot.
Fascinating English / Indonesian Negotiation Styles

I am setting up a foundation and seek to run it as easy & productive as possible and it a way that is in a low conflict free manner that so many Western businesses in Asia get caught up in.

Our foundation centres around an ACADEMY & Gili T Volunteer resort THAT TEACHES HOW TO START & RUN ‘POOR COUNTRY NON-PROFIT PROJECTS’ USING MODERN TECHNOLOGIES. We teach & help trustworthy Indonesians who want to help fellow Indonesians and their environment, and set them up with websites and ways to connect them to funders, resources & supporters and to ensure a trusted feed back loop is created to ensure donors money gets to do what it was given to do. When one studies the charts one releases mixing teams makes things slow going and a endless pain in getting things done.

Thanks to Richard D. Lewis, information the conclusion for us is if we want to get things done at Western pace - we must work in our are of expertise in our way & the the Indonesian Project teams in theirs. So we simply keep the two teams separated but well connected using technology. Simply if you can’t use face book and other communication tools we can’t use you in a coordination roll as the connection is too poor - more on this later.

The book: by linguist Richard D. Lewis, and his best-selling book, “When Cultures Collide,” - leadership styles and cultural identities.
has helped me to ensure I can operate my foundation in the manner & speed I want to.

His book explains a lot on how we think, negotiate and get things done. Language is only the most obvious part of the global communication gap. Different cultures also have distinct approaches to communication during meetings to get things done.

"By focusing on the cultural roots of national behavior, both in society and business, we can foresee and calculate with a surprising degree of accuracy how others will react to our plans for them, and we can make certain assumptions as to how they will approach us. A working knowledge of the basic traits of other cultures (as well as our own) will minimize unpleasant surprises (culture shock), give us insights in advance, and enable us to interact successfully with nationalities with whom we previously had difficulty.”

Well it will never be perfect and even in good teams negation & communication styles vary.

The amazing conclusion for the Indonesian diagram is that they live in a 'Viligism' manner so conflicts and outcomes are non-decisive and lack fast solutionwith little getting done it is a old system that tends not to upset the village harmony or leadership controls.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


GOOD LUCK GAWI WITH YOUR MATHS COMPETITION: What a smile! Gawi's special phone (Roanne) battery overcharged and he was lucky it did not destroy his phone. 11 year old Abdul uses his phone to learn maths and is doing so well that he is in the regions Maths competition against kids 2 years older than him Gawi has also had support from Dr Ganamoorthi who came to Mataram and brought Gawi some special skin creams which Gawi is finding his skin is peeling off less now and is making a huge difference. Michael has been walk abouts around Lombok and we are cataloguing a lot of kids that we will have a lot of work here. Great supporters like Andrew Taylor from Aquadiction Divers and Delphine Robbe at Gili Eco trust who paid for Gawis school fees are making his life better although and we will continue to try to do more for our inspiring young friend. The photos are of Gawi with some good food Michael brought, his new battery & charger and the very important creams from Singapore. Facebook is bringing a whole world of support to Gawi.
(PS we need to get him a laptop if anybody has a second hand one or $300 will get him a new talk pad thing that is perfect for blind kids)