Saturday, October 12, 2019

Korea facing Market Entry: Lessons Learned

In this week’s Vodcast we look at the nuances in market entry.

I’ll also share my most recent project The Habit Burger Grill.

For more on my most recent project.

The Habit Burger Grill Sets Sights on South Korea

Habit Burger Grill Plans to Bring America’s Best Tasting Burger to East Asia —


Sunday, October 06, 2019

Language, Communication Styles and Culture.

In this week’s Vodcast, we look at Language, Communication Styles, and Culture.

My role over the years as a trusted advisor has been to recognize the issues and then assist teams and leadership to move past misunderstandings. 

 If they fit well, I am open to new engagements, coaching and mentoring, too.

Your business questions, comments and inquiries always welcome.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Korea Culture Alert Two upcoming Korean holidays.

This week and next Korea celebrates National Foundation Day and Hangul Day. Read on to learn more about these important days. FYI, most Korean HQ teams will be off from work, so plan accordingly.

Thursday, October 3 National Foundation Day.
This important day celebrates the legendary founding of the first Korean nation in 2333 BC.

Wednesday, October 9 Hangul Day.
Hangul day commemorates the invention (1443) of Hangul the native Korean alphabet. Some people confuse Hangul with the Korean spoken language but it's the name of the written Korean alphabet letters. 한 (han) means 'Korean' and 글 ( geul ) means 'letter'.

King Sejong the Great, who created Hangul, is one of the most honored rulers in Korean history.

King Sejong the Great

Questions, Comments, Requests, Inquiries welcome.

Don Southerton

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Global Collaboration: an early stage cultural savvy approach

Short 2-minute video on Collaboration.  Timely as so many JVs, MOUs, and partnerships. 

Questions always welcome.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Everything Korea: Today is an exciting day!

Today is an exciting day for me. I just launched my Patreon page.

Don in Action 

Staying on top of Korea facing business issues and breaking news that impacts you makes a large demand on my time. 

The research, analysis, writing, and delivering the best content possible to you every week has become a full-time job.

In order to continue providing the very best content I can, I could really use your help.  I feel Patreon is a great option to offset the costs. If you aren’t familiar with Patreon, it’s an easy way for those interested in my work to see new exclusive content and have access to a range of my services.

100% of all funds contributed through Patreon will be used to cover my bandwidth, so I can focus on creating great content. As a friend, I wanted to share the news with you before promoting more widely.

So, if it feels right to you, anything you or the company contribute is most appreciated. With each tier there are some cool benefits, too. 

Here’s the link and how to participate.


Sunday, September 08, 2019

Korean Chuseok What you need to know!

As a service, I enjoy providing you and your teams with exclusive, timely Korea facing updates and insights. 

It’s that time of the year with Chuseok, (the Korean Harvest Moon Festival) right around the corner.

This year, Chuseok will be observed Sept. 12-14, with the holiday on Friday, and the day before and after celebrated as National Holidays, too.

Koreans, like many agrarian cultures, once followed the lunar calendar, but in recent history, they have deferred to the solar calendar in line with international practice.

While public holidays are based on the solar calendar, there are a few days that are celebrated based on the lunar calendar. 

These are the two most important traditional holidays, the Korean New Year’s Day (the first day of the first lunar month) and Chuseok, the Harvest Moon Festival (the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month).

En mass a substantial part of the population travel. For many, this means going back to their home villages. Over the holiday they perform ancestral rituals at the graves of relatives as well as share time with their family over traditional foods. Others may opt to travel overseas, or a popular trend has been to staycation in a luxury hotel.  

For your Korean colleagues (in Korea), you can wish them a happy Chuseok while they are still in their office, so this coming Tuesday, September 11 in the West (which will be Wednesday AM in Korea).  

Again, for most Koreans, the holiday break will begin Wednesday Korea time at the end of day through the weekend. Some may take extra days off that week.

For expat Koreans working outside Korea, you can wish them happy Chuseok on the actual holiday, Friday September 13.  

If you’d like to try, here's a common greeting:  
Chuseok jal ji nae sae yo.

Happy Chuseok works fine, too.

Even though many things have been changed by Korea’s rapid industrialization, urbanization, and globalization we find in the celebration of Chuseok that family remains one of the bedrocks of Korean society.

Please read!
I hope you find value in my Korea facing updates and analysis; information that impacts you, your teams, and company. Staying on top of the issues and breaking news makes large demands on my time. With so much transition currently underway in Korea and within their global organizations we’ll actually see an acceleration in change—one all will find challenging, Koreans and Westerners. 

In order to continue providing the very best content and insights, I could really use your help. Frankly this means making sure we are engaged throughout the year with either one of my onboarding, mentoring and coaching programs, the Korea 101 workshops, or as a trusted advisor. 

Your voice and support matters and is much appreciated.