Composite Diagrams

In one of my classes, someone once said, “I was taught to do several process diagrams together on a page – more or less seven – to integrate the related processes for an area. Should I join some of the event-based diagrams together to make composite diagrams?” No – normally, we don’t …

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Desire or Demand?

Have you ever wondered why some people spend so much time, effort and energy on an idea only to give up on it when the first obstacle presents itself? It’s as if they’ve hit a home run and suddenly run out of gas rounding third base. What happens …

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Drum Towers

Drum towers are unique and significant structures in all Dong villages. The oldest standing drum towers date to the seventh century, but they are believed to have been first constructed as early as the second century. Every tower is built entirely without nails and features carved or painted phoenixes and …

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Miao’s Tales Embroidery Costume Museum, Collector, Designer

Miao’s Tales Embroidery Costume Museum in Guiyang, but she spends most of her time now in Beijing where she writes, designs, and educates, devoting her life to the study and preservation of Miao textiles. This may seem an unusual choice for a Han woman not born into Miao traditions …

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How Tourism Plays A Role

Tourism plays a complex role in the ethnic minority areas of Guizhou. Since the 1980s, when ethnic minority villages opened to international and domestic tourists, local and national government, tourism bureaus, and cultural agencies have continued to push the limits of ethnic tourism. Often, visitors are required to pay a …

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The Culture Of The Cloth

The challenge of a history so long in the making is that facts vary and fade, leaving some of the details more abstract than concrete, like so many Miao embroidery motifs. The minority ethnic groups live in Guizhou, but as you wander through their villages, you feel as though they …

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The People Of China

About 39 percent of Guizhou’s population is made up of more than thirteen ethnic minority groups, including Miao, Dong, Gejia, and Shui. These ethnic groups date their time in China by the century, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that they were officially recognized by the Chinese government …

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Lobster Contest

In spite of my success in The Great Lobster Contest, I was not destined for a lifetime working in a restaurant. Following my graduation from journalism school, I searched for a job at a newspaper. But times were tough and few positions were available. So I decided to start a …

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Military life

He furrowed his bushy black eyebrows as he brooded over the dire state of affairs. He knew that just extending the 172nd for four months was merely a Band-Aid—and an inadequate one at that—not a solution. The U.S.-Iraqi operation to quell the violence was failing. Chiarelli …

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The fall of Baghdad

Two days after the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, the head of the CIA’s Middle East Division, Rob Richer, was on the ground, driving around the sprawling, dun-colored city in an armored car with the station chief. Iron rebar jutted from bombed government buildings, and looters moved …

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Essential Leadership Skills

Think about the leaders you admire. Whether it is at work, in government or sports, or in a social organization, you regularly come in contact with or observe from afar, leaders in all aspects of your life. You have probably noticed that some leaders are more successful than others. Some …

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Campania's Cultural Conundrums

Campania is the Italy of your wildest dreams: a rich, intense, hypnotic ragù of vibrant street life, decadent palaces, pastel-hued villages and aria-inspiring vistas. Few corners of Europe can match Campania’s cultural conundrums. Should you spend the morning waltzing through chandeliered Bourbon bedrooms or the frescoed villa of a …

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Coaching Matters

When it comes to influencing a change in behavior, you want to activate people’s creative minds instead of their survival or analytical mechanisms. You don’t start by telling them what they did wrong. When you ask people to review what happened in a situation, they usually know what …

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Digital Learning Revolution

The world has shifted, times have changed, and we continue to move rapidly into an unprecedented and unpredictable future. Although still in the early stages, Industry 4.0 will continue to impact every aspect of our lives. What makes Industry 4.0 significantly different is both the extent and pace …

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