Monday, May 12, 2014

Global Negotiating in Full Swing

We are camped out in Paderborn and immersed in the week of Global Negotiating.  Today included lectures, exercises, and actual bargaining.  We continue with that pattern all week.  I will try to remember to snap a few photos.  But if you are wondering how we are doing the answer is we a productively and happily busy sharing our negotiation and cultural learning experience with the 24 Uni Paderborn students enrolled. 

Catching Up .... Koeln (Cologne)

Our last official evening of GBC 2014 was spent in Koeln and we had a great visit to the famous Koelner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) and a great dinner at a tradition Koelscher Resturant.  We also had the highly anticipated reveal of the Happy Videos the student teams produced.  They worked hard to capture the trip in video set to the Happy song.  I will post or link to those videos when I get a chance.  A few quick photos...

Catching Up ..... Bacharach

We spent Friday learning about Bacharach (am Rhein) from a history, tourism and wine industry perspective.  It was perhaps the perfect embodiment of the German Business & Culture approach.  Bacharach is an old, and one time very important city on the Rhein which has been the center of commerce for a very long time.  Currently Bacharach's primary commerce is tourism and wine (and the combo of both).  We got a walking tour of town and discussed how the city functioned in its different eras.  Then we got a glimpse into how Bacharach markets itself via a presentation by the Tourism Office director.  Lastly we took a gorgeous walk through the vineyards and met Cecelia Yost in her family's vineyards and learned about wine from a production and a marketing perspective.  Her passion for her family's business was contagious and inspiring.  They are considered a young wine maker as they have only been in business since 1831. 

Special Thanks to Dirk Scherschlicht (and his wife Ellen) from the Bacharacher Hof Hotel in Bacharach who organized one of the absolute highlight days of the trip!  Visit them at

 a few photos....

Here is the link to Toni Jost:

Catching Up ..... The Rhein!

We had a great day on Thursday pretending we were Germans doing a little Wandering (hiking).  We alos visited the Neiderwald Denkmal that commemorates the unification of Germany as a modern nation state in 1871 (Yes the USA is an older nation as modern nation states go).  We had a great day.  A few photos....

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Rhein, Bacharach & Team Morning Hike

We had a long travel day yesterday.  Two trains to Koblenz, cabs to the waterfront, and then a 4.5 hour boat ride up the Rhein to Bacharach.  And when you go up the Rhein you are traveling south as it is one of the only rivers in the Northern Hemisphere that flows north.  We had a wonderful dinner at our hotel and this morning we are getting ready for our Rudesheim - Assmannshausen hike.  A few of us got an early start... 6am!  Team Morning Hike!  We were rewarded with a fabulous breakfast at the hotel.

Case Competition Wraps Up

We had six great presentations on the Leiber Light case and then all gathered at the Paderborner Brauhaus for a great celebration meal.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Universitaet Paderborn - Great Intercultural Learning

We are in the midst of day 2 at Uni Paderborn.  Yesterday we had our first Global Negotiation course session and today we are doing the Customer Value Case Competition.  Both have involved great intercultural interaction.  A few photos to bring this to life...