I recently found myself in a game of pick up sticks with my husband.  Interesting to think how people from different cultures, speaking different languages play the same game – even with a few slight rule differences. 

However, I had an interesting thought when we were playing.  My husband seldom uses stick to help to flick other sticks, instead he prefers to use his hand picking the one that on the top of other sticks.  That makes me realize that we actually have different thinking style and structure to solve problems because we have different cultures and social norms. 

A lot of employers, from innovative startups to decades old multinationals, should consider this point to actively hire foreign people as a way to help their company think through strategies, approaches, services, and products outside of the “American” box. Nowadays, new ideas are the money.  The more dynamic employees a company has, the more they can think differently and meet different niche market needs. 

If you want to be on the edge, don’t reject foreign talents… Now all we need is help from legislation reform and startup visas!

My boss has warned me that my working schedule is so different that I only have 3 hours break between finishing working at 5:00pm and evening conference with China at 8:00pm, so I probably don’t have time to run any more, and have less time to spend with my husband.  It turns out that I have more time in the whole morning.   I can help GPI post some news on social media.  I can run or swim, and walk my dog.   I feel more supportive because my husband is working at a startup, and he adjusted his working hours a little so that we can spend more time together before my evening calls.

I am a “night owl”.  I even feel a little bit bored sometimes when I don’t have a call in the night now.  I think about regular time the night is actually wasted, after dinner just surfing around the internet or watch some TV series.   Sometimes I have few calls in the night than I expected, I will feel guilty and in the later morning catch up on some work emails or even have sometime have some phone calls with my targeting speakers or attendees.  

I think many companies should think about the best flexible working hours for their employees, because everyone’s energetic time is different.  By doing so, companies can get their employees to be more productive, at the same time enjoy the balance between work and life: except for the teamwork to collaborate with the colleague part.  Now we have all those kinds of communication technology.  It is the time to think about the new revolutionary management.  That’s why a lot of start-up companies have a high employee loyalty from the flexible working style.