Taiwan Presses Through COVID-19 Without a Full Set of Tools and Global Privileges

Containers carrying 1.24 million vaccine doses being loaded onto a plane headed to Taiwan (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

“Taiwan and Japan are very good friends with each other. In times of need, especially, natural disasters, we always try to reach out to each other, and we will maintain the kind of close relations with each other.” — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi

Few nations are as friendly with their colonizers as Taiwan is with Japan. From tsunami relief to a Chinese fit over pineapple imports, Taiwan and Japan count on each other’s help. The latest round of paying it forward happened when Japan donated 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Not to be outdone,

Tom Wujec is a 3D designer who studies how people share and absorb information. He created the Marshmallow Challenge to encourage “teamwork, leadership, and creativity.” I like the challenge because it helps future leaders get comfortable with the unknown, and teaches them how to figure things out amongst themselves.

Dealing with ambiguity is a big part of exploring new and unknown business and cultural environments.

It was my pleasure to be game-master for an afternoon with students at the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (HSNU, 師大附中) in Taipei. HSNU graduates do great things, and famous alums…

COVID-19 Fatality Rate is Misunderstood by Decision Makers

A digital illustration of the coronavirus by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No problem is so big that big data can’t solve, unless it isn’t clear how to or what is being solved. Relying on “the data” is one of the most problematic strategies leaders adopt in the midst of a pandemic, because the quality of the data is not clear. When bad data is used for any process - quantitative, qualitative, arbitrary - the right answers do not come out the other end.

‘The politicization of data’ is the practice of manipulating data for political gain.

Bad data takes lead decision makers — nations and corporations, consultants, even professors in non-medical…

Trump’s Rise, Explained by a Former Campaign Advisor

In 2016, Donald Trump announced his entry into the presidential race at Trump Tower. Source:

Since 40+ years of economic statistics and elected representatives couldn’t “Make America Great Again,” Trump’s pitch in 2016 and 2020 was that he’s America’s best bet.


I was a congressional campaign advisor, speech writer, and consultant to Democrats and Republicans before turning my career trajectory away from communications. In 2016, I moved to Taiwan. I was surprised to discover local and European support for Trump.

  • This is Part I of IV, noting some long-term, under-appreciated trends in the United States that led to Donald Trump’s fame and presidency.
  • In Part II and III, we’ll discuss how Trump lost. Character, domestic…

The New Nigerian Prince Scam, and How to Avoid Online Scams

Dear Philip, I am contacting you on behalf of the formal personal assistant to the former President of Taiwan (Mr. Chen Shui-bian) on private matters. She humbly requests your assistance. An investment was placed under his management 5 years ago by Mr. Chen Shui-bian. He needs your assistance in investing these funds. If you are interested, kindly Email Benjamin Boi the personal assistant AT ( xxxx @gmail.com ) For briefs and procedures because she has no LinkedIn account.

The scammer made contact through LinkedIn

After decades of being warned about Nigerian Prince 尼日利亞騙徒 scams, you might think the world’s most aggressive yet least successful criminals gave…

Congratulations on Getting the Job Interview. What Now?

Lobby of Taipei 101’s office tower

Your C.V. is a picture of yourself, and how you approach the interview is like putting a frame around that photo. That frame changes the way people look at you.

There are some things that all of us can do to be in the right frame that puts our best self forward. Putting some structure around interview preparation puts people at ease, one step at a time.

What I’ve learned is meditating on what you need to do now, what happens next, and how you are already prepared for what’s going to happen is a very powerful habit.

Clear communication between volunteers at Taiwan’s largerst international job fair being delivered here. Source:

Clear communication is more important than clear feedback

When we give feedback, usually it’s about delivering the bad news. Most of the time people try to be tactful. “Here are some areas for improvement.” “It’s not quite there.” “I think this is off-the-mark.” It’s hard doing this without being vague, isn’t it? If we spend too much energy negotiating words, sometimes people aren’t sure what we’re really trying to say.

“Telling it how it is” isn’t good advice, either. Most professionals I come across say they prefer “clear” and “direct” communication. But how clear and how direct? No one likes being hit by a blunt object, either. In…

How to Efficiently and Effectively Review Case Studies

5 Steps to Reading Case Studies

If you don’t have time to read the entire case study, at least read — the first few paragraphs — so you have a general idea of what’s being discussed. The abstract is a summary of the study that has a logical flow, and lets you know what the main issues are.

You should probably know more about what a case study is talking about, though. If you want to make the most of your time, then you’ll want to know a method I learned from the past winner of a global case study competition. It’s not as…

Videoconferencing is how we get to see each other now that remote work is not a benefit anymore. Source: Silicon Valley, HBO

Especially at a time when there’s , knowing how to make the most of the technology you have is more important than trying to piece together some nice, but not essential upgrades. Getting some fundamentals right doesn’t cost much money. In fact, you might already have everything you need.

For business meetings, I think audio is more important than video, so let’s start there.

You don’t have to be loud, you just need to be heard

Use a wired headset

Something with a microphone in the cable. They’re called “lav mics,”…

Spend enough time in the Greater China region and you’ll learn about “cha bu duo” (差不多), yet the Internet still gets this wrong by suggesting bad solutions. Cha bu duo translates to“difference not much,” but it means, “close enough.” At personal levels, cha bu duo is positive, and a way for saying, “This is practical.” In a professional setting, it usually means something negative.

1. Expressing forgiveness or acceptance

In your personal life, cha bu duo can help you be kinder towards situations you don’t understand, and more tolerant. Not everything has to be a big deal. Short a few renminbi or New Taiwan dollars…

Philip Chang

researching covid-19 business response and growing high-tech ecosystems at national taiwan university //

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