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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy New Year to our brothers and sisters overseas in the Far East!

This year is the Year of the Sheep (also goat). The sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese zodiac, and is considered auspicious because 'eight' symbolizes peace, harmony, and prosperity.

And what else could we hope for in our relationships with colleagues and staff, as well as family and loved ones?

So take a moment to reflect on your old relationships, toast to new ones, or set off a firework in honor of all the contributions you received from your community, near and far (East)!

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From Portland to Shanghai

Gazebo in Yu Yuan

As I open my eyes to what’s possible since adopting our company’s mission to ‘create teams that thrive’, particularly in cross-cultural environments, I see the important integration of old Chinese traditions (Confuciunism, Utilitarianism, “For the greater good”, etc.) with Portland-style living (accountability, sustainability, social good).

I see that as I’ve become more integrated into the Asian community of Portland, I’m reminded of how deep traditions can go, and the power of tradition as it survives—even a transoceanic journey.

We can find similar elements of Chinese culture show up in Seattle or London as we would in Beijing or Shanghai. The ‘distance’ between these cities is decreasing. Portland will soon need to respond to this opportunity, and this is an exciting time to become a part of this expansion.

Portland is the West Coast’s fourth largest freight gateway for international trade. Will the deeply humanistic, family-oriented traditions of China translate to the needs of a modern regional trading hub?

The future is simple, though at times we perceive it as complicated. Community is something that is understood internationally. Thus, this is a magical time to harness the potential of global community for our internationalized future. Let’s get ready together!

Matthew Koren unleashes the leadership potential in your people so teams can thrive. He is based out of Portland, OR. To learn more about his programs, click here. To receive great, useful content each month, sign up for his email list here. To discuss how Matt can support you, your organization, and teams, contact him today!