Thoughts of the week
We recently traveled to Italy for a pre-season rugby tour with one of the teams we work closely with. It was the first time we had been to the country. After only spending one week there, we quickly learned a lot about the culture which can be applied to all aspects of performance, business and everyday life:
- Awareness – Of new surroundings, how people do things differently and how to adapt to a new environment.
- Effort – Is needed to maximise your experience. The more you put in, the more you get out.
- Language – Is different then what you are used too. Try to learn some very basic phrases to give a good first impression and build relationships when.
- Respectfulness – You are a guest in someone else’s country. Remember to behave as they do as it may be different to how you normally do.
- Appropriateness – Don’t do things that could cause offence to others. You never know when you may need to return. It’s always nice to be invited back to somewhere.
- Acknowledgement – Local people and their existence in the different surroundings you may find visit.
- Manners – Basic hellos, goodbyes, pleases and thank yous go along way and take minimal effort.
- History – Research what past events may have occurred where you are once before. This could come in handy when with others ask you questions or may be test your interest in of their home country.
- Assumption – Can be a risky thing to do, especially when something important may need to be taken care of.
- Etiquette – The customary code of polite behaviour in a society changes depending on what country you are in. Have an understanding of more than your own.
- Patience – Things tend to happen at a slower speed when in a foreign country. Being patent will reduce your stress levels and improve your overall experience.
- Communication – The imparting or exchanging of information is absolutely necessary no matter where you are. Bare all the above in mind when doing so!
When you next go to somewhere different than you’re used, near or far, work or play, consider these points to help make it as positive possible…
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Recipe of the week
Venice inspired capricciosa pizza
- Tip approx. 400g of strong white flour to a large bowl. Add approx. 15g of fast-action yeast to one side of the bowl & a large tea spoon of salt to the other. Make a small space in the middle then pour approx. 4-5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive plus approx. 300ml of warm water at a slow speed.
- Mix together well with a wooden spoon handle then knead for approx. 5mins.
- Shape the dough, brush with a little olive oil in & leave to rest for approx. 25mins at room temperature.
- Once base has set roughly chop small mushrooms, a large artichoke & some black olives in to small pieces. Use enough to generously cover whole area of base evenly.
- Spread tomato pasatta over base with spoon, then tear & place fresh mozzarella cheese on top.
- Randomly scatter vegetables evenly across pizza then season with sea salt, ground black pepper & mixed herbs.
- Cook on a medium-high heat for approx. 20-25min until base is slightly charred & crispy.
- Slice & serve as in picture
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