Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas friends & colleagues!
This is my first Christmas in China. Last Christmas, I lived in fascinating Saigon. 2 years ago I celebrated Christmas in Ireland, and 3 years ago in Sweden.

Short about Christmas:
1. Why do 1.5 billion people in more than 50 countries celebrate Christmas?
Answer: We celebrate the birth of Jesus, who was God in flesh and blood and who came down from heaven to forgive our sins and teach us how to live a life full of forgiveness, fairness, faithfulness and love
2. Where was Jesus born?
Answer: in Bethlehem, Palestine
3. How is it possible to give birth and still be a virgin (no sex)
Answer: An Angel was sent by God the almighty creator of heaven and earth and declared that this shall happen, and God chose young virgin Maria as Jesus mum and Maria heard this in her dream when an angel spoke to her
4. When did Jesus start to teach?
Answer: At an age of 30
5. When did he die?
Answer: 3 years later. He died but on the third day he came back to life and ascended into heaven. It has been witnessed by thousands of people. That event is the only reason Christianity exists today. It’s celebrated during Easter.
6. Did Jesus do miracles?
Answer: Yes, he made blind people healthy and Lazarus who was dead for 4 days woke up upon Jesus’ order. Much more happened when Jesus was preaching. No prophets ever forgave sins but Jesus taught us to forgive. I think that’s truly amazing.
I can recommend you to read more about Jesus online or why not visiting a local Chinese Church?
Have a good end of this year.
Thank you.

Aristocracy in the 21st century

This article is about Aristocracy and what it means to someone who may come across people with status and a lot of money. In countries in the Western world such as Benelux, the Nordics, the UK, Germany and France, aristocracy refers to upper-class people; people with a lot of money, heritage, special values and attitudes towards success, beauty and capitalism. When the aristocrats feel that you know how to “play by their rules”, you are more likely to “fit in” and be able to start a conversation and win their respect.

Upper-class people in the UK is not merely about wearing luxury products or driving around in expensive cars, compared with high-end people in north America who tend to value goods and business achievements more than dress, values, class manners and respected behavior. Etiquette rules are a very important part and we will cover that in our second session in this program. The elite class usually votes on the republicans in the USA and on right wing parties in Europe (not the labor party and not left-wing parties), and they favor capitalism and low taxes with zero inheritance taxes before socialistic welfare and equality among the mass. The upper class is extremely cautious about what areas you live in and how you convey your message when speaking with strangers.

Aristocrats often engage in education such as design, law and economics, and they join elite schools such as Eton college and King Edwards school in the UK. That is to say, if you learn everything you can come across about these schools and aristocratic occupations such as investment banker or offshore tax adviser, you will be able to have a conversation with someone who happened to have passed an elite school. How about starting a conversation like this: I read that King Edward’s school has changed its program to become a [……..]; how was it when you were a student at that school? People like talking about themselves and if they find out that you know something about their interests and education, this can be a very good ice breaker.

Aristocrats love playing golf, and tennis, and to watch dog racing, as well as, to play polo. Accordingly, stay tuned by reading newspapers and subscribe on magazines online, or start to practice golf or tennis on your spare-time. For example, in a conversation with someone who plays polo, you would be able to ask trendy questions and refer to latest news, and winners, which shows the other side that you “seem to belong to the same level” of people in the society. Upper-class people (the aristocrats) tend to like yachts and trips to Cannes, S:t Tropez and to go skiing in Charmonix or Valdesaire. These are very popular resorts for upper-class people and if you mention one or more of your former elite trips, by talking about how much you loved it, and how much delicious food and champagne you tasted, you will increase your chances of getting acceptance in the high flyer aristocracy societé; people with a lot of money and status.

In the USA, it is more about how much money you have, and what car you drive. But never talk about how much money you have. From a north western European perspective; be confident, but humble, and show a genuine interest in the other person by asking questions about hobbies, previous schools and latest business wins. In regards to clothing; the easiest way to learn how to dress with respect in an aristocratic manner is to visit Harrods upper class shopping mall in the UK and book a tour with a professional service agent who can teach you how to dress, how to walk and how to carry your accessories that is eye catching to people with a very sensitive taste of posh manners.

When it comes to values; upper-class people look up to citizens with connections and people who are invited to VIP parties and who appear on magazines and in “finest people” photo sessions. Upper class people visit VIP clubs and book dining tables with a backdoor entry to clubs, and they enjoy dining and wining at posh restaurants in luxury areas such as Chelsea in London. Upper class people often value friends with conservative values, high standards, and respected behavior, and with a hard and smart working attitude; someone who succeeds in life including investments and relationships. But upper-class people are not always the most honest people in the society! Many of these individuals engage in dirty business games, economic frauds and dubious tax planning arrangements, and belonging to a class says very little about a persons’ morale and honest attitude.

Written by Anthony Eric

Anthony Eric brings a wealth of knowledge in international business and he has gained 14 years experiences of how to communicate effectively, and how to plan and evaluate business projects for lowered risk and faster decision making. Anthony has been trained by international institutes in the USA, the UK, Ireland and Sweden and he provides business training and communication training for clients in business, and for clients who aim at succeeding in business. His expertise covers leadership, management communication, business planning and sales management. He currently holds an MBA (England) and BSc Engineering (Sweden) and he has gained 21st century skills and knowledge at global leading institutions such as: The British government, Deloitte, IBM, TietoEnator, Ericsson, Consulting firm Semcon, The Open University, King’s College London, Manchester Business School, The University of Birmingham, Royal Institute of Technology KTH and Harvard University in alliance with IBM Leadership Academy. Anthony is the author of the e-book project management success; available on, and he is currently writing on his second book (kindle): an expat biography.

Copyright (C) 2018. Anthony Eric by Antonios Papadimitriou. All Rights Reserved.


Child Development, Childhood Education

Child Development and Early Childhood Education

Written by: Donna M. Pelepchan, MBA, MHA, 30 years of teaching experience
Release date: November 30, 2018, Hong Kong
Published by: Anthony Eric (Founder & CEO @

Address different learning styles

As an experienced teacher and Dean of Early Childhood Education and Global Languages at an international School in Shenzhen, I believe in addressing different learning styles within the assigned curriculum.  This allows for individuality in the learning process and reinforces the learning concepts so that each and every student gets the most out of the program.  In today’s academic environment with the advances in technology, it is quite easy to prepare lessons that address auditory, visual, and tactile learning. With an intensive English immersion program, it is also important to assess all the children early in the term to determine what their level of the English language is. This informal assessment allows the instructor to simplify the lesson and custom fit the curriculum to all levels of children in the class. While there may be a big gap in comprehension and language skills initially, as the year goes on this gap closes rather quickly.

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Curriculum change in the 21st century

Education thoughts by director and senior professional trainer: Anthony Eric

Written: 15 November 2018, Hong Kong.

I see the same phenomena day in and day out; education institutions that apply the same course material for a majority of the students, and because these institutions primarily care about excess profits, they don’t want to pay for top notch teachers that can give students an edge over competition. It is a factory model that worked in the past, especially before the era of the Internet, when access to knowledge and information was hard. In the old days, people received top pay checks, depending on where they obtained their skills and education and what they knew, and it was easier to get a job in the first place. But with today’s Internet, were information, forums, and online courses enable people to grow in knowledge anytime, anywhere, it is not enough to offer a “one fit for all” solution because students do not stand-out on the global job market in this way. I read a report recently by Marc Prensky and he implies that 21st century institutions need to change their curriculum radically, and I agree completely.

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Learn English Effectively & Quickly

Prepared: 17 September 2018.

Place: Hong Kong

This is a student guide about how to learn English quickly and effectively. This article has been prepared by Anthony Eric and is aimed at mature students or, anyone who seek a successful career.

First and foremost; to make massive progress requires massive intensity and efforts. You don’t win 100m hurdles by exercising, 1 hour, 3 times per week. Everyday is a must. Show commitment. Get determination. Have fun at the same time. Passion for English is required in order to maintain energy and determination, but how do you get passion? One way is through engaging and well planned classes, and by getting continuous feedback from skilled and experienced teachers. Another way is to set personal goals and and a future vision. Remember that strong English open doors in many parts of the developed world. Strong English skills enable global online studies, and to get a job in global corporations with better working conditions and higher salaries. Why not working in Singapore or the USA after your graduation? Internet is packed with online training, and online jobs should this be of an interest. Why not starting to date a foreign prince/princess and get life happiness through long lasting love? Strong English skills make your life happier and more rewarding. But you need to put required efforts to make it happen.

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21 essentials for leadership success in the education business

During my time as K12 teacher, university lecturer and education adviser, I was fortunate to get into exciting discussions with very experienced deans, senior teachers and school directors about what makes a qualified educational leader.

With this blog, I wanted to share these insights to help you and your network to better manage educational institutions. Many of below leadership elements are applicable in other industries, and not only in the business of education.

  1. Assess the capacity of teachers. How do you assess the capacity of your teachers? What is the quality of applied lessons plans? How motivated are your teachers? What methods and criteria were used when hiring your teachers? feedback in terms of just saying “I heard something from a parent about you”, will not create confidence or motivation. Feedback must be objective, clear, realistic and justified.

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11 essential actions for project management success

Last 15 years of my career include management of multiple projects from A-Z including but not limited to: recruitment, communication management, negotiations, conflict management, risk management, budgeting, execution, and C-level executive management.

Throughout discussions with senior project managers, and project management officers, I received additional inputs to help you understand how to manage better projects. I am also the author of the e-book “project management success”; it is available on amazon (kindle) for download. -> TO AMAZON

Why are projects failing to deliver with success?

Projects can fail when there is a mismatch between sales management, and, project managements’ ambitions and goals. Sellers promise unrealistic deliveries to get the deal, and the sales bonuses being one example. Projects can also fail when there is a wrong project management aptitude of candidates who got promoted as a ‘gesture of goodwill’ for serving in the firm for a very long time. Very often, I also got to understand that communication is a key issue, besides critical leadership dimensions (EQ, IQ, MQ). Important people were not informed timely, or, decisions were made while excluding key stakeholders. Unrealistic promises are very common, which sets expectations on different levels, hence, leading to project failure. Many more reasons can be added to why projects fail to deliver and above factors are just touching the surface, but they are still seen as very common causes for project failure.

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