Archive for August, 2006

Teleclass re: How Differences in Culture Influence Negotiations

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

The ABA is sponsoring a teleclass titled Negotiating Difference:  Appreciating Gender and Culture in Negotiations on September 21, 2006 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST.  Approved for 1.5 MCLE hours in certain states.  The class will discuss how communication styles, cultural moires and gender each play a role in multi-cultural negotiations.

Is Asia the new frontier for US lawyers?

Friday, August 25th, 2006

For thoughts on this topic, listen to the Legal Talk Network’s August 18, 2006 podcast hosted by bloggers and co-hosts, J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi interviewing Michael Shimokaji of Shimokaji & Associates, P.C and Jay Ponazecki, attorney for Morrison Foerster, Tokyo.

Strategies for Coping with Air Travel

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Click the link to read Roger Collie of the International Herald Tribune discussing strategies that the frequent traveler can use to cope with air travel.

Interview with Hon. Chase Untermeyer, US Ambassador to Qatar, re: What Makes an Effective International Lawyer

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Today International Lawyer Coach launched a series of interviews with accomplished individuals who are active in the international arena.  The interviews will explore the question: What makes an effective international lawyer? 

The first installment is an interview with Hon. Chase Untermeyer, US Ambassador to Qatar.

Access the interview through the “Professional Development”  section of this website (via link in the footer), or click here. 

“Sensible” (and Clever) Alternative to Business Travel

Monday, August 21st, 2006

In today’s Financial Times article Come fly with me–a sensible alternative to business travel (subscription required), Business Life columnist Lucy Kellaway humorously ponders why execs travel for business–ever. After all, she notes, business travel can be tiring, disorienting, boring and jet lag-inducing, forcing execs to stay in “beastly” business hotels with “ugly curtains and windows that do not open.”

Leaving one’s home office on a business trip can even be dangerous, she posits, because “people left behind have a way of plotting behind your back.”

Kellaway sums up the advantages of business travel as:  status (being able to brag about flying off to Tokyo and Bangalore…), airline perks (champagne, pretty stewardesses, air miles), and escape from home (undisturbed sleep) and office (distance from dysfunctional office mates.)

Her solution?  Kellaway imagines a “virtual airline” that one could board in one’s home city, getting a comfy business class seat and, of course, a pretty stewardess and champagne.  There is no flight, but just a cell phone-free space away from co-workers. In other words, the virtual airline offers uninterrupted time to do “a decent day’s work.”

Best of all, Kellaway imagines her virtual airline’s becoming a status symbol.  She envisions execs bragging about this non-travel with quips like, “I’m on the virtual to Tokyo tonight.”

If only.