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    out immediately to placate his client There was a ceremonial burning of the calendars and a tremendous loss of face To date Greg has done no further work in the Emirates Feminism suffers a setback in Japan 20 October 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Business and finance The Diversity Dashboard We re all familiar with the British MPs expenses scandal which shocked tax payers revealing that duck houses were more important uses of our money than improvements to the NHS Two of Japan s ministers have stepped down today after it was revealed that they had taken advantage of the claims system However this is not merely a blow for the government but for feminism and women s rights in Japan One minister to resign was hotly tipped to be the country s first female leader which would have bolstered the feminist movement in Asia and promoted gender equality in a country slightly late to that party Elidh Milnes and Dr Deborah Swallow s book The diversity dashboard offers advice to women wishing to do business in Japan and how to avoid the pitfalls of working in an unfamiliar culture Culture crash Starting a new job is always daunting moving to a new country even more so Else a middle aged Danish lady has made the move to Tokushima Japan in order to experience a new culture and progress her career Before she moved to Japan she was the general manager in a popular soft drink company Else led by example and encouraged her staff to work in an inclusive work environment where each member of the team was treated equally and each role was viewed as just as important as the next She was more like a mentor than a manager and this put a spring in her step each morning On the first day at work in the company in Tokushima Else was greeted by three well dressed men not a woman in sight except for the girl at reception Instantly she sensed the male dominated environment and over the next few weeks she began to feel insignificant Although no one said anything directly to Else she found her points of view were shunned her self esteem bruised and she felt put down Her management style was achieving nothing and she was getting nowhere Culture tip In Japan hierarchy is an all important feature of management An English male colleague who had been working in the firm for two years explained The work culture in Japan makes a clear differentiation between male and female roles It is a rigid structure and although multinational companies are more used to women in the workforce the traditional Japanese companies still only have men as senior managers Cultural insight A recent survey suggests that Gender inequality causes resentment anger and reduced life satisfaction more among European and American women than among Chinese women who value gender equality less Chinese women consider gender inequality to be less unjust and less unfair One hopes that this does not harm the feminist movement in Japan and that social progression continues apace We may have to send over Germaine Greer Cultural communication tips from India to New York 26 September 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Business and finance The Diversity Dashboard Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits New York this week to try to improve his nation s fragile relationship with the US Relations between Delhi and Washington almost collapsed in 2013 when the Indian deputy consul general in the US was arrested strip searched and detained by police in New York on charges of fraud prompting furious accusations of disrespectful bullying from India In return US commentators seemed to be condescending by accusing India of overreaction and behaviour unbecoming of an aspirant future power Americans and Indians have different ways of communicating and both Barack Obama and Narendra Modi would do well to download The Diversity Dashboard by Deborah Swallow and Eilidh Milnes before they meet Swallow and Milnes give striking examples of the different ways that people from the US and India communicate such as the one below Cultural insight Visitors to the United States may be surprised to find that arguments seem focused on winning with little or no effort toward maintaining harmony or recognizing or deferring to the status or sensibilities of the others involved US Americans may appear to use phony smiles and be too animated and the need to always express things in positive terms may be interpreted as naiveté They also tend to speak loudly to show enthusiasm and feel being positive and optimistic avoids needless confrontation and gets the best results in both work and life They tend to be animated outgoing use facial expressions and considerable eye contact They are uncomfortable with silences An overriding value is to speak up and voice opinions Culture crash John an American was on a conference call to Prakesh in India He said This proposal is poorly prepared Have it re done by 15 00 hours tomorrow Saturday Prakesh was upset and complained about John s rudeness to his team leader and asked for a transfer to a department where he would report to a native Indian Culture tip We were called into support with cultural training We explained the difference between straight talking and indirect communication The latter allows the possibility for saving face shame or embarrassment for both sides Looks like this piece of work will need to be finished during the weekend is a more indirect way of saying You need to work on Saturday or Can you work on Saturday The challenge is the mismatch of words and expectations When a direct manager listens to an indirect employee he may think the person is taking a long time to get to the point or even being deliberately awkward and obscure The opposite is true for indirect communicators who see straight talking as rude and aggressive You see direct communicators sound authoritarian and are often perceived as insensitive

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  • Uncategorized Archives » Infinite Ideas | Infinite Ideas
    the pan off the heat whisk in the butter and pass the sauce through a fine strainer into a jug To serve place a Tatin on each serving plate slice each rump of lamb into five even pieces and lie them on the plate next to the Tatin Spoon the pan juices over and serve with some steamed broccoli or green beans This recipe is from Desert Island Dishes and Copyright of Maldon Salt Company Limited 2012 Bramley apple and lemon thyme crumble 8 April 2013 by Nadia Garcia in Uncategorized Bramley apple and lemon thyme crumble You will need 4 x 6 cm stainless steel rings For the crumble 50g caster sugar 60g soft unsalted butter 55g ground almonds ½ tsp Maldon sea salt 60g soft white flour 3 Bramley apples 5 tsp clear thyme honey 25g unsalted butter 1 sprig fresh lemon thyme 10g sultanas For the salted caramel sauce 4 tbsp water 60g granulated sugar 6 tbsp double cream a pinch Maldon sea salt For the mascarpone ice cream 250ml full fat milk 150g mascarpone 3 egg yolks 75g caster sugar Serves 4 Make the ice cream beforehand Put the milk and half the mascarpone into a saucepan and bring to the boil Beat together the egg yolks and caster sugar in a bowl then add the milk mixture to the bowl and mix them together well Return the ice cream mixture to the saucepan and cook it until it reaches 85 C stirring continuously Put an empty bowl into a baking tray and fill the tray with iced water Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into the bowl and allow it to chill Stir in the remaining mascarpone and then freeze the mix in an ice cream machine following the manufacturer s instructions Set aside in the freezer for later use Make the crumble Preheat the oven to 180 C 350 F gas 4 and mix the sugar with the butter rubbing them together Add the ground almonds Maldon salt and flour and continue to rub everything together to create a crumbly texture Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown in colour Remove from the oven and set aside Wash peel and cut the Bramley apples into 1cm dice In a shallow pan cook the honey butter and lemon thyme until they reach a light caramel Add the sultanas and then add the apples Reduce the heat place a piece of baking paper over the top and continue to cook slowly until the apples are soft to the touch but still maintain their shape Remove from the heat Place four 6cm stainless steel rings on a silicone baking mat or baking sheet Spoon a little of the crumble mix into the base of each ring and place on top enough of the cooked apple mixture to come two thirds up the ring Then put more crumble on top of the

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  • Wine and spirits Archives » Infinite Ideas | Infinite Ideas
    learn but I was also keen to learn and paid to attend tutored tastings of top wines to learn how to appreciate them Can you tell us about the worst wine you have ever tasted Retsina from Greek cooperatives in the 1980s Who is the greatest character you have met during your long career in the wine trade Can you tell us about him her Too many to recall here Robert Mondavi and Randall Grahm in California Giacomo Braida in Italy and in Austria the great Alois Kracher whom I write about in detail in my book Other than Austrian wine what is your favourite drink not necessarily alcoholic Top German Riesling The wines of Austria is available now to purchase from Infinite Ideas at a special discounted price of 25 00 please email info infideas com or call 01865 514888 When you re next buying wine consider Austria 6 October 2015 by Catherine Holdsworth in Classic Wine Library Wine and spirits When you think about Austrian alcohol you re probably more familiar with beers and Oktoberfest thanks to the Bavarian influence and how fond they are of a good pint It s true when I was backpacking around Europe I never thought to order an Austrian glass of wine rather it was straight for the home brew You re most likely more familiar with the terroirs of France Australia New Zealand even Spain but most likely not Austria Yet did you know that Austrian wine has a history dating back to the Habsburgs Yes that s right while all that furore over land and such was being fought over it is likely that the winners would sit down with a nice glass of dry white from their own vineyards So consider this the next time you re throwing a dinner party why not spend that little bit extra on a bottle of Austrian wine More than anything it will make you look like a true wine connoisseur instead of going for your usual bottle that everyone s had before It will be a great starting point for conversation about wines travel and the great food that you are more than likely to serve to your guests If you re wondering what to serve it with perhaps some excellent hearty Austrian food such as goulash schnitzel or if you re really brave offal Though we suggest that unless you are actually Austrian springing offal on your guests is a risky move so perhaps save that for next time or offer them an alternative in case the offal is not to their liking Surprisingly Austrian wine goes well with Mediterranean cuisine so if you re a vegetarian perhaps you could cook something much lighter than a hog roast More information on what goes with Austrian wine can be found here Our book The wines of Austria by Stephen Brook will be published on 19 October If you can t wait until then we have some advice about how to introduce your palette to new wines from our book Secrets of wine by Giles Kime Even on the first leg of the path to vinous nirvana it is important to expose your palate to other styles of wine without letting them cloud your understanding There are a huge number of wines that no one except a few hardened wine buffs is aware of Plenty of wines are made purely for local consumption such as Austria Gruner Veltliner Swiss Chasselas Italian Aglianico Uruguayan Tannat and Canadian Ice Wine Though initially you should keep these wines at arm s length they will eventually be essential for pushing your taste buds to the extremes just as the best fitness training programme will exercise muscles that you don t normally use The chances are that you won t like them But even if you don t they will offer flavours and aromas that your palate and nose wouldn t otherwise be subjected to They will stretch your senses to the extremes of their experience The secret to tasting offbeat wines is never to get too involved You don t need to know a great deal about wine in order to enjoy it It doesn t really matter whether Gruner Veltliner Tannat Aglianico or Eiswein is a grape or a style of wine Nor does it really matter whether they come from Austria Uruguay Italy or Canada What is far more important is that you your palate and your nose are receptive to them Of course when or if you find an offbeat wine that you like that might be the time to investigate the winemaking tradition from which it springs Wimbledon semi finals the Thrashing Serb cocktail 10 July 2015 by Catherine Holdsworth in Current events Spirits distilled Wine and spirits It s an exciting day at Wimbledon with two stellar matches to watch Though we sadly don t have tickets to the grounds we can share in the spirit both tennis and alcohol related Of course the best thing to drink at Wimbledon is Pimms in true British style but because we re not there and to celebrate the other European players we ve come up with some fun and alternative cocktails The Thrashing Serb Semi final Match One Djokovic vs Gasquet OK so we may have given this cocktail a bit of a Wimbledon themed name it s actually called a Summit but we thought that it sounded refreshingly tennis y and incorporated the all important cognac popular in both Serbia and France To make your Thrashing Serb I have now trademarked this name and intend to bequeath it upon my first born you will need 4 slices of ginger 1 lime slice 4 cl VSOP Cognac 6 cl lemonade a fine peel of cucumber Place the lime and ginger into a glass and add 2 cl of Cognac Then add ice and stir Add the rest of the Cognac the lemonade then finally add the cucumber peel However if this doesn t really

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  • Self help | Infinite Ideas
    to implement Reading one of our books could be the first step towards a better body mind relationship or job Alternatively readers could learn to play the guitar get some inspiration for home improvements or discover how to unearth their family tree Our major series in this subject area is 52 Brilliant Ideas It s the first series we published and has become popular round the world with titles being translated into 40 different languages The ideas in these books are short just 1000 words and every chapter is self contained so that readers can dip in to the book and select the idea most helpful to them at a particular time It s instant empowerment For readers even more pressed for time we created Brilliant Little Ideas which deliver practical ideas in the same friendly down to earth style but at half the length They can be read while queuing for the bus waiting for the kids at the school gate or on a coffee break and implemented straight away We also have themed anthologies of our ideas in books such as Be the woman you want to be and Relax and enjoy life The Feel Good Factory series

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  • More balls than most | Infinite Ideas
    the reader how to run a successful business and still have a work life balance nearly have the confidence and tricks to make vital first contacts take the creative decisions that will set their business apart from the rest and inspire their teams to be creative and celebrate success The book is interspersed with examples from Lara s own experience and includes tried and tested ideas After using this book

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  • Consumptionomics | Infinite Ideas
    economy This is a view shaped by conventional wisdom which conveniently refuses to acknowledge both the uncomely effects of consumption and the limits to growth Consumptionomics argues that this blinkered view needs to be replaced by a more rational approach to the challenges of the 21st century If Asians aspire to consumption levels taken for granted in the West the results would be environmentally catastrophic across the globe Needless to

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  • The Diversity Dashboard | Infinite Ideas
    of many problems at work but most people fail to appreciate this It is not just verbal expressions that cause confusion and distress Beyond every gesture lies a world of meaning and interpretation and we do not all communicate in the same way This alongside strict policies around political correctness and inclusion creates confusion fear and a type of paralysis that can seriously undermine the performance of both the workers and the company The diversity dashboard is a quick reference guide that aims to help managers to bridge the cultural gaps in their organisations Swallow and Milnes use the analogy of a pilot s cockpit to describe the various functions instruments and levers that managers can employ to close the cultural gaps that prevent their organisations from succeeding fully Navigation compass reading understanding the cultural cockpit addressing turbulence ensuring the organisation has a flight management system and passport control all play their part in this lively and entertaining book The diversity dashboard delivers a serious message in an accessible way that shows how far different world views can inhibit performance Search Filter by category Business and finance Infinite Success Classic Wine Library Food and drink Biography and memoirs Fiction NEW

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  • Outstanding leadership | Infinite Ideas
    also expected to be effective leaders and performance focused coaches Outstanding leadership is a concise guide to leadership by business speaker Molly Harvey It is the first title in the Seconds away from series a new collection of books that covers key management skills presenting the information in bite sized nuggets that can be implemented straight away Future titles in the series will cover skills such as partnering people management

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