I am 71 year old OD Canadian-Israeli consultant, specializing in acute global diversity, post merger integration, interfaces between HQ’s and their “remote offices” and working with senior managers/teams to acquire global competency. And no,I have not retired, nor is it in the plan. However, I put aside time for lots and lots of reading, walking, swimming, writing this blog as well as my satric blog, which saves me mental health charges.
I am multi lingual, educated at McGill (Montreal) and Hebrew University (Jerusalem). My Hebrew and English are perfect. My French used to be excellent but has become very rusty. I need a few months in Spain to retrieve my Spanish, in which I was almost fluent. I can muddle along in Arabic, ie understand the gist of a conversation. Although my satric character Gloria loves long German words, I do not know any German at all.
I am a nonconformist, an acquired taste and in some ways, a “most peculiar” man.
To begin my career, I spent time a career officer in the Israeli Defense Forces, years and service of which I am very proud. These years of service give me a free pass to express my ideas freely, which I do. I am secular, atheist, radical centrist, liberal yet realistic and not woke.
I work with Fortune 500 companies, family businesses, start ups, individuals and Boards in India, the Mid East, Europe, China South East Asia and North America. I have even worked in Australia 11 times, but to be honest, the commute from Israel to Sydney is a son of a bitch and all that I remember about Sydney is the fatigue and the name MacQuarie, which I saw plastered everywhere.
I am a disciplined reader. One classic, followed by a best seller, followed by a historical biography, followed by a book in Hebrew,and repeat. I am a great fan of Radio Swiss Classic, and never miss the daily Haaretz and the weekly Economist.
I also like reading stuff with which I do not agree. Especially in this day and age when people love to inhale their own smoke, if you get my drift.
Part of my family has been in Israel since the beginning of the British Mandate in Palestine (1918) after Word War One. The rest of my family comes from England and Montreal. All of my family is secular. Thank God.