Jet lag, boardrooms, and high pressure deals.That s what international business brings to mind.But this book will make you think again.It shares a series of letters sent to the author s father during his decade of traveling the world, building a billion dollar power company Hemphill illuminates the always practical, sometimes poignant, and often humorous things that happeJet lag, boardrooms, and high pressure deals.That s what international business brings to mind.But this book will make you think again.It shares a series of letters sent to the author s father during his decade of traveling the world, building a billion dollar power company Hemphill illuminates the always practical, sometimes poignant, and often humorous things that happen as we connect and business somehow gets done If they served you camel hooves for dinner, and you didn t know it until you asked, what part of the camel did you have for breakfast In Islamabad hotels, you must sign a form certifying that you are an infidel and will assuredly go to hell, in order to get room service to bring you a drink Is this form binding if you die outside of Pakistan Can you really claim to be in the movie industry if you don t dress all in black, have a small pony tail, wear an earring, have an idea for a screen play, and harbor a desire to meet Meryl Streep Cinemas in the Czech Republic serve bacon flavored popcorn Why can t we get that in the US It s even better than cheese flavored popcorn The whole movie theater smells like breakfast Millions of people around the world travel for business But how many of us take the time to truly appreciate what we observe and experience Dust Tea, Dingoes, Dragons is a lesson in the meshing of cultures, the diplomacy of building business relationships, and, ultimately, of surviving to tell the tale.And it s darn funny, too.
Dust Tea Dingoes and Dragons Adventures in Culture Cuisine and Commerce from a Globe Trekking Executive Jet lag boardrooms and high pressure deals That s what international business brings to mind But this book will make you think again It shares a series of letters sent to the author s father during
This book is a compilation of witty humor laced with professional information via a collection of letters culled from author R.F Hemphill s years of globetrotting and business experience His unique perspectives on the little heard side of executive foreign travel will make readers think twice before making assumptions about the perks of white collar business travel From dining hazards in China to dirty jobs in coal burning plants to camel riding and a very interesting Christmas in India, this bo [...]
I usually love travel memoirs, especially if they are witty and make me laugh.Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me I read about 20% but did not finish There were too many parts describing the business, and only short glimpses into adventures with other cultures, which is the part I was really looking for I found myself losing interest, when the description of the power plants or whatever they were, were getting too long.I just noticed that this book has all 4 and 5 star reviews on , so obvi [...]
Funny, insightful, and surprisingly deep R F Hemphill is the Anthony Bourdain of the power industry He traveled the world developing power plants in far flung places and in the process he explored unique cultures, saw fabulous sites, and ate amazing foods His stories have great insight and he finds humor in the absurdities that occur when pushing the limits of developing new business in new places The individual stories are delightful and amusing and you will find that you remember the individua [...]
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this Hemphill helped to start a global company and this is the story of his role in that process But it is told in a delightful way The format is a series of letters back to his family explaining the ways of business in far flung places This is the Harvard Business Review without the pretentions and with a wonderful sense of time and place The book is also a set of marvelous and some not so marvelous puns Think of Innocents Abroad brought up to date L [...]
Interesting format with a dose of humor Written intelligently and edited very well If you are interested in business related information in a unique format, this just may be for you Review by Matt ARC provided through Strategies in exchange for an honest review.
I wanted to like this book There were definitely some humorous anecdotes sprinkled throughout and parts were enjoyable, but over all I found of it a little dry rather than entertaining.
I enjoyed the author s dry wit His stories about his overseas business adventures were entertaining and educational