Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Western Coffee, Eastern Tea, the Synergy Behind the Culture

“The Empires of the Future will be Empires of the Mind”
Winston Churchill

Like the imagination, culture exchange and encircle the world. Starbucks Coffee is one of the most popular places for “White-Collar” or “Golden-Collar” professional to hang around in downtown, Shang Hai, China; In US, Tea party is an emerging political power to make a big impact in the mid-term election we just experienced last week.

Both coffee and tea are natural made drinks to boost our energy, furthermore, the synergy behind the different cultures may stimulate the most significant activities such education, leadership and economy in the human society through unimaginable way.

Here are some “culture interpretations”:

Culture is an Education Attitude
“ You can see the beauty like jade through the Book; you can find the house of gold in the books” Ancient Chinese Proverb

Education matters

Tea Thinker: Practice, Memorizing and Enforcement are the practical methodologies taken by Easter educators to train students with disciplined mind and structured thinking. Just like tea, sort of bitter, but mostly hands-on to boost kids bottom line;

On the other hand, the overloading homework and error-free, score-dominated learning culture may not allow kids to have enough free time and space to fumble with their own heart or pursuing their own dream.

How to transform from spoon-feeding into swan-cultivating education style?
It may be still the effective question for tea thinker to dig deeper.

Coffee Brainer: Like coffee with enough sweet and cream, Western education style is more sugar-coated: respect kids as unique individual, more interactive, fun, and encourage kids to follow their heart. Philanthropy and volunteerism are embedded into Western education’s DNA. It intends to build up the creative mind.

However, lack of enough practice or standard may not prepare enough kids for the higher horizon; or too much spare time could let kids indulge with overwhelming entertainment only activities, lose focus on hard study and mastering the disciplines.

How to transform the Western free-bird into eagle-training education style?
It might also deserve more discussion.

The future of education will integrate both styles seamlessly (the secret recipe could be: tea cake with coffee cream), to train the well-disciplinary and high-creative mind to fit in the age of globalization.

It is 21st century’s new reality to develop the multi-cultural, multi-dimensional thinking and multi-disciplined talents to execute multi-functional, multi-tasking work via multi-channels to build multi-brands in this multi-polar world.

The best product of education is progress, education is everyone’s business.
The modern education framework will be weaved through the innovate education practitioners (teacher, parents, professor, psychologist, geneticists and many more), the cool gadget and technology, plus the learning oriented social network(beyond today’s entertainment oriented social site), to help both kids and adults to adapt to the fresh collective learning styles.

Culture is a Leadership Brand

Like coffee and tea, the inspiring leadership is truly about engaging and energizing.

Western style is more vocal and idealistic, Eastern style is more logic and practical, these observations may just scratch under the surface.

The stereotyped leadership style in 20th century is male dominated or superwoman leading style; the 21th century will belong to more dynamic, underdog type leadership brand, to reflect the variety of culture and education value, which shapes up the leadership with their unique styles and flavor, to give the voice all over the world

Female leadership has been put to the strategic imperative in many visionary organizations and nations now, here’re some cultural interpretations.

Eastern Tea Thinker:
From Forbes, China produce more female millionaires than any other country in the world, it’s no accident.

“Be independent”, “Women hold up half of the sky” has been embedded into the education system and social value, also instilled into modern workers head and heart naturally in the last half century.

By eradicating vestige of feudalism from history, with affordable and convenient family care services, the well-trained female professionals in China have great advantage to focus on their career development compared to their peers in many other nations. It will be no surprise to see more well-educated Chinese female leaders will cutting edge global mindset and superior capabilities emerging into senior level positions in next decade, to set the fresh examples for Asian females and even become the global role models.

Western Coffee Brainer:
Active, “ forever young“ style female baby-boomers in US have made significant impact in political and commercial center stage in the last couple of decades; Hopefully the first female president is just years away.

Full-time parent by choice is the social phenomenon deserves discussing a bit.
“I am lucky to be a full-time mother”--Many well-educated, middle-class female give up the career path and finance independence to leverage family, many of them also play active roles in charity, school board and community, culturally they still get respected and fulfilled. The flip side is: the loss of female talents has the negative impact in many organizations in the long term, since female professionals and leaders are the natural role model for the children, also take unique position to influence the future workforce generation and move up the human society.

Female leadership need male peer’s support
Either in West or East, it’s a daily manner to see gentleman help lady open the car door or some other small favors, by expanding the same courtesy a bit further, with the same supportive attitude: they could lead talented female professionals onto the top of career ladder or into the boardroom smoothly.

Just like the perfectly blended coffee or tea, the future of leadership is truly about the balance of “ying” and “yang”, the strong governance, and the scientific decision-making scenario based on diversified point of view and cutting-edge technology and process.

Culture is an Economy Prediction

Tea Thinker:
Ancient Chinese use tea leave to predict the future.

Through last two decades of effective leadership, hardworking people and education-enriched culture, China emerges as the second economy and the largest manufacture powerhouse in the world. It surely enhances its thousands of years historic wisdom and culture heritage.

However, how to transform from manufacture 1.0 into 2.0 is the new milestone need be reached for the new decade in the 21st century:.
--From imitating into innovation
--From entrepreneur workshop into global enterprise with scalability
--From cost edge into technology & process edge
--From assembly line factory into talent workshop

As the most populous country in the world, China may set the fair antitype for many developing countries to follow, to reduce global poverty and illiterate.

Coffee Brainer:
If the recently happened finance tsunami was partly caused by monoglot’s mindset with monochromatic vision and the golden gut, the cultural imperative and the right attitude are possibly the silver bullet to rejuvenate the economy.

America’s four powerhouses could take a leadership to manage the new attitude:
Main street need the open attitude to prioritize the strategy, to boost job and house market from bottom up; wall street need cultivate the humanitized and humble attitude to shake up the leadership and finance engine; Silicon Valley need fresh attitude to invent beyond the social network, and Beverley Hill need audacious attitude to inspire the new script super than Superman.

“The Bigger is Better” culture may also inspire the “big gadget” industries such as airline and auto to steal some profit limelight from the little shining apple, actually they did great in the last two quarters, and every vertical industry should share the responsibility via the collective wisdom to not only pull the economy from the bottom, but also boost it up with confidence.

Every individual may also become the culture evangelist to have the new learning attitude, embrace the difference and rekindle the America dream.

May the synergy behind the coffee and tea could boost the US economy.


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