Step Up: Overcoming Cross-Cultural Differences in Japan

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Step Up: Overcoming Cross-Cultural Differences in Japan

August 29, 2019 , 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the next JUMP-YCAPS Seminar on August 29, 2019. Leland Gaskins will talk about his new book on overcoming cross-cultural problems in the business world.

Step Up: Overcoming Cross-Cultural Differences Between Japanese and Western Businesspeople is a simple story that contains practical solutions to recognize and overcome common cross-cultural problems. It brings a multi-disciplinary approach to address real world issues and help people succeed in globally connected careers. Gaskins will reflect on his experience working in the Japanese business community and the process involved with developing this book. He will share applicable lessons for those engaged in intercultural relationships beyond the business sector. 

The book is available for sale here.

About the Speaker: Leland Gaskins has lived and worked in Japan for more than twenty years. For ten of those years he served as principal Investment Representative in Asia for the State of North Carolina. In that role, he worked with numerous Japanese companies, assisting with their investments in U.S. operations. Prior to that, Gaskins was Senior Vice-President, Asia-Pacific, at Cognitive Arts Corporation, an industry leader in building high-impact experiential educational programs for universities, corporations, and government. In this role, he focused primarily on workforce learning and development priorities at major Japanese companies and Japanese subsidiaries of Western firms.

Gaskins has observed and discussed cross-cultural issues for many years. He long ago came to two conclusions. First, that most cross-cultural conflict between Japanese and Western business people is essentially the same few problems being repeated again and again. Second, that most of the cross-cultural training people have received has not been effective and there must be a better way. This has led him to focus in recent years on developing a deeper understanding of culture, cross-cultural conflict, and conflict resolution. Step Up brings together this research with his years of experience, his interest in innovative learning methods, and his desire to offer a better solution.

Gaskins lives in Tokyo with his wife, Carolyn. When not obsessing over these current projects, he can often be found exploring rural Japan by bicycle.

Step Up is the first of a planned series of books and educational materials devoted to this subject.

Time: 5:30 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (seminar), August 29, 2019

Cost: Free of charge.

Location: Werk Yokosuka Kinrofukushi Hall ヴェルクよこすか(横須賀市立勤労福祉会館)第1会議室

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