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Change Management, Culture, Life Experience

Leaving The District: Parting is such sweet sorrow

I thought I left my heart in Charleston almost exactly 3.5 years ago. But driving south from D.C. feels a lot like that 2010 drive north from South Carolina: heartbreaking. It’s bittersweet leaving a city I thought I’d call home for years to come in exchange for the opportunity of a lifetime. In a way, closing a great chapter in life is a wonderful thing because it means that the last set of pages were really well-written.

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Middle East, Travel, Weekend Getaway

“Israeli Good Time”

Traveling through Southern Israel, the West Bank and North through the Golan Heights, it’s hard to believe that this beautiful country has an Al Qaeda problem or that it is the target of rocket attacks. Everyone we encounter is friendly, helpful and eager to share their knowledge of the area’s history. This has been a quick trip, but memories of the experience will last my lifetime.

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Middle East, Travel, Weekend Getaway

Rušalim, Urusalim, City of David, Yerushalayim, al-Quds, Jerusalem

We’re sitting in Israel’s capital, in many ways, the center of the world. This location is an ancient witness to countless events that influenced the trajectory of at least three major religions. I don’t subscribe to Judaism, Christianity or Islam; yet the indescribably meaningful history of Jerusalem is the story of my heritage just the same.

Innumerable people have lived and died here; you can feel their their presence in the aura of the place. Many of them are unknown, lost to the ages. Yet many of their stories have been passed down through generations, first by word of mouth, then written testaments. As outlined in Jerusalem: The Biography, Israel is the stage for some of the world’s most well-known historical characters. For example, David fought Goliath right here in Israel. It’s fascinating how modern daily life carries on amid such rich history.

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Middle East, Travel, Weekend Getaway

Visiting the Holy Land: Israel

We leave for Tel Aviv this evening and arrive tomorrow at 2:40 p.m. local time. Weeks ago, we began mapping out must-see and do attractions to ensure there’s time to accomplish them all; although it’s never set in stone, a loose itinerary is a handy thing. We’re in-country for only 2.5 days, so our timeline is aggressive. I’m confident that it’s possible to achieve a comprehensive trip, considering the close proximity of sites in Israel.

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Health care

Inexpensive, everyday objects: The next big trend in medical devices?

According to Livestrong and WebMD, monitoring your heart aides in meeting weight loss goals, conducting safe and effective exercise, detecting health abnormalities and improving heart health. Once commonly associated with athletes, tools to monitor heart rate are now readily available to the average person.

Keeping track of your heart rate may be as easy as dusting off an old pair of ear buds, thanks to researchers at Japan’s Kaiteki Institute. They coupled commercially-available ear buds with signal-interpreting software to successfully measure pulse rates for around eight dollars, compared to traditional heart rate monitors that cost between 20 and 100 dollars or more.

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Asia, Change Management, Culture

Will economic growth make or break China?

Whether we’re talking about a family, business or country, significant growth inevitably causes a ripple effect of change and requires careful management to keep the proverbial engines running smoothly. As we’ve seen with Google and Apple, properly managed growth can elevate a business to empire status.

Within a decade, China will have the world’s largest economy. As its economy grows, cultural, labor and migration trends are shifting. Can China maintain a sustainable, healthy business community with existing, limiting government regulation? My guess is no. Will the Chinese government continue to reevaluate its traditional ideals and adjust regulation to nurture its version of the industrial revolution? I hope so.

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