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Culture | February 15, 2015 by Nick Foster
Glances out the window reveal life in action. A bare-foot and bare-bottomed boy running down an alleyway using a stick to control a rolling bicycle tire. An old man wrapped in many layers of clothing to ward off the morning cold, lighting his morning cigarette. A young girl, maybe 10, carrying a toddler along the […]
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Culture | December 11, 2012 by Nick Foster
William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence yelled, “Freedom!” just before he was beheaded for treason. The attempted “merger” of Scotland with England was less than successful because the cultural differences were large enough to cause a war. I have been involved in acquiring four […]
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Culture | November 13, 2012 by Nick Foster
I have worked at Softchoice for more than 18 years and one of the things that has proven to be most elusive is to define the company culture.  Who creates company culture? Where does it come from? I recently had Myrna Ain at AchieveBlue debrief me on my impact on Softchoice Company culture using the Management Impact survey from Human Synergistics. I […]
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Culture | November 7, 2012 by Nick Foster
The day after Christmas 2004 many of us watched in horror as pictures of the Tsunami in South East Asia filled the press. For Softchoice, it was the beginning of a different kind of wave that changed our Brand.  Softchoice today is known for its corporate giving but it wasn’t always this way. As a […]
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Culture | July 21, 2011 by Nick Foster
“I have never experienced a company quite like Softchoice when it came to company culture. No other company has ever so clearly expressed the values that it was all about.  I thought that it might be fun to profile / highlight Softchoice for the article, which is what brings me to you. :-)” This appeared […]
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Culture | October 24, 2009 by Nick Foster
As we make our way home it is good to bear this in mind: “Inability to compete with technological competence will compel billions of people into a survival stride of long hours and degrading work, sometimes far from their homes, driven to exhaustion, dropped to their knees to beg on behalf of spouses and children […]
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Culture | October 18, 2009 by Nick Foster
It is 6:30 at night and we are driving back to Gashora – it is dark and as we drive the people walking along the side of the highway appear out of nowhere. With no street lights driving takes an extra challenge. We started the morning at 7 am. We had a 15 minute hike […]
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Culture | October 14, 2009 by Nick Foster
Well, it is just about time for dinner and our resort has power for us for an hour in the morning and 3 hours every night – wireless internet has been installed here but it only works when there is power so I’ll tap out this note quickly.  They have to run the generator so it makes […]
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Culture | October 12, 2009 by Nick Foster
Today the team’s work over the past year finally got to the action in Africa stage! We had some meetings with the local mayor, with the Gashora Primary School Principal and with the Gashora Woman’s Cooperative.   When we arrived at the Gashora Primary School the roar that went up from the classrooms was incredible!  We […]