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The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Single Windows Project is a USAID-funded initiative to facilitate trade between the 10 member states.  This includes developing standard documents and processes across the member states of Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei and Cambodia.

I was invited to lead a Business Process Design Workshop for this group in Singapore in August.  What an honor it was to participate in this event with policy makers and customs officials from the member states.  There were 2-3 delegates from each country plus representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat in attendance.

I started off the day with a lecture about Business Process Design and then introduced a toolkit to assist in developing or revising processes.  The challenge was to use examples that were relevant to import/export and logistics as well as those things that are specific to ASEAN regional trade.  As a consultant and coach, I also like to add colorful examples to drive home the points I want to make.  I chose some images such as an elephant to enrich my stories.

Lecturing and coaching in a very diverse cross-cultural meeting was one of the more difficult things I have ever done….and also one of the most rewarding and enriching.  I hope they invite me back for more.

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