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Category Archives: NorthKorea

Five years of daily posts! Not one missed.

posted by Joshua on January 28, 2016 in Creativity, Habits, NorthKorea, SIDCHAs

When my friend set up this blog page for me, I asked him how often he blogged. I expected him to say something like three days a week, weekdays, when big events happened, or something like that. Instead he said “Every day,” then adding: If you miss one day you can miss two. If you[…] Keep reading →

Leading Colonels, Majors, and other Officers In Charge

posted by Joshua on January 11, 2016 in Events, Freedom, Leadership, NorthKorea

I had the chance to lead a leadership workshop at the United States Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea. This was my first chance to work with the military, though I felt particularly motivated after lunch with Frances Hesselbein last summer, who has worked with West Point and the White House for decades and[…] Keep reading →

Op/Ed Fridays: Banning billboards and outdoor advertising

posted by Joshua on September 18, 2015 in Awareness, Nature, NorthKorea, Perception

Articles like “Can cities kick ads? Inside the global movement to ban urban billboards” remind me of North Korea, where I saw pictures of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-il in most rooms of every building I entered. I wondered, “how does it affect someone’s life to see those pictures every day, everywhere?” Then I realized[…] Keep reading →

Why I plan never to visit Brazil again

posted by Joshua on November 12, 2014 in Nature, NorthKorea, SIDCHAs

Today’s post is mostly a rant from someone who has eaten too many carrots and little else for a week, but I’ve traveled six continents and in only two places did I go hungry—Brazil and North Korea. North Korea has a failed authoritarian central planned economy. It’s tragic for the people living there, but at[…] Keep reading →

Op/ed Fridays: A living death: laws that remove judges and juries undermine justice

posted by Joshua on November 22, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, NorthKorea

Different people mean different things by the term justice. I think of the term having at least four meanings or purposes. To deter people from committing crimes To punish people who committed crimes To give crime victims a sense of retribution To keep criminals away from society if society expects them to commit crimes again[…] Keep reading →

Leadership and United States’ spying

posted by Joshua on June 26, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, Leadership, NorthKorea

I’d like to look at some headlines from a leadership perspective. I don’t intend for today’s post to be political. Governments have needed secrecy and spying since before Sun Tzu’s The Art of War over two thousand years ago. People will also oppose governments that overreach their influence into their lives. Different people oppose different[…] Keep reading →

A model for strategy

posted by Joshua on June 2, 2013 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercises, Models, NorthKorea, Tips, Visualization

[This post is part of a series on “Mental models and beliefs: an exercise to identify yours.” If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.] Strategy is a fundamental study for many fields, including leadership, military,[…] Keep reading →

Summary of North Korea Videos

posted by Joshua on March 13, 2013 in NorthKorea

Any trip to North Korea will be eye-opening and amazing, even before Dennis Rodman visited. I visited last April for the celebration of the anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth. I believe visiting creates more understanding and communication than potential problems. As I’ve explained before here and in my book on North Korea, I consider[…] Keep reading →

North Korean tour guide singing

posted by Joshua on March 7, 2013 in Art, NorthKorea

One of the more touching moments of our trip was our guide, Ms Han, singing Arirang for us on our last night after nearly two weeks. According to Wikipedia, the song “is sometimes considered the unofficial national anthem of Korea.” Since the government requires tourists be accompanied by two guides plus a driver at all[…] Keep reading →