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Sisterhood in leading a family business

In Vietnam, we have a very famous proverb: brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet. Anyone who has a brother or sister will instinctively understand this. Our siblings loom large in our lives no matter how often, or how little we see them. They not only share much of our DNA, but… [Read the full article]

Why listening is about understanding

In my last post I discussed what I have learned about art of difficult conversations during my career: how to have a proactive discussion with someone that does not leave them feeling that they have been backed into a corner and need to come out fighting. Part of the skill in handling those conversations and… [Read the full article]

The Art of Difficult Conversations

If there is one thing that many people dread more than anything in life it is the prospect having a “difficult conversation” with someone else.  It is all too easy to put it off. But there are always consequences to this. Firstly, the problems generally don’t go away, but get worse. Secondly, the other person’s… [Read the full article]

How understanding Vietnamese consumers means thinking beyond Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh

Do a quick Google search and you will find multiple articles about Vietnam’s dynamic growth and rising income levels. Both factors are now taken for granted, year in and year out. The country is a magnet for foreign direct investment (FDI), as companies move their supply chains out of China. It is also an attractive… [Read the full article]

Celebrating Vietnamese women who #breakthebias

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #breakthebias. It invites us all to imagine a gender equal world: one free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. One that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. We all know that there’s some way to go in achieving this, particularly here in Vietnam. Indeed, it was very pleasing to… [Read the full article]

Financial Planning to Manage Uncertainty

The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way that most of us work. One of the most visible examples is the growth of remote office environments and they are likely to continue, in one form or another, after the pandemic ends. But there are many other less visible but equally important changes governing the way… [Read the full article]

THP’s 2021 in review: gone but unlikely to be forgotten

Regular readers of this blog will know that at THP we live by the maxim that “Nothing is Impossible.” It is one of the company’s seven core values, embodying the spirit of both of my parents who faced one challenge after another establishing a livelihood in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and then setting… [Read the full article]