Vietnam Lessons

Building long-term business relationships is not just about hair

Two events happened recently that make me realize I’m getting older (but then, I knew that) and how important long-term relationships are in places like Vietnam. The Vietnamese have a saying that captures longevity and what it means to have a longstanding relationship. “When foreigners come to Vietnam, they start (in the relationship) with ‘one-color… Read more Building long-term business relationships is not just about hair

Why Idaho should welcome foreigners like these Vietnamese

Four of us from Boise State University went to Hanoi, Vietnam, last week. We went to formalize a new collaborative program between our university and the National Economics University, one of Vietnam’s best and our longtime partner. We visited two local schools to learn about potential students who might join the program. VinSchool is a… Read more Why Idaho should welcome foreigners like these Vietnamese

The search is still on for remains of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam

In November 1996, Dirk Kempthorne, then a U.S. senator representing Idaho, visited the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam, where Boise State had a program to train instructors and business people in western business practices. After the university visit, he wanted to visit an office on the outskirts of Hanoi where people worked to find… Read more The search is still on for remains of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam

Finding calmness in traffic, spiritual walks and Statesman white space

I’m always looking for dots to connect and may have stumbled on a few recently: traffic in Vietnam; snails in Spain, and our own Idaho Statesman. The glue that holds these dots together is that in each case, a “small thing” made a big(ger) impact. Road rage begone? Every October, we take 20-30 students in… Read more Finding calmness in traffic, spiritual walks and Statesman white space

A different sort of “trade mission” to Vietnam

How Boise State Executive MBAs try to help business prospects in Vietnam Another Boise State University professor and I spent last week in Hanoi, Vietnam, with 21 executive masters of business (EMBA) students. It was more like a “trade mission” than a student trip. The executives represented five Idaho companies looking for opportunities in Vietnam—perhaps… Read more A different sort of “trade mission” to Vietnam

Lesson from a former enemy

Quick quiz: Who declared independence for a fledgling country with the opening words, “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Sound familiar? It should. But Americans who remember the Vietnam War might not realize that Vietnam’s most… Read more Lesson from a former enemy