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Stephen



Stephen


Think Like a Man of ACTION, ACT Like a Man of THOUGHT. [Henry Louis Bergson] My philosophy, etched out of many years of living precariously, and at times, dubiously. The philosophy sits well with me now. I've learnt my lessons..... Stephen  


My question is simple..... Why do we do the things we do. I believe it is ultimately connected to who we are when we do them, and whether or not we like who we see in ourselves.

 

I have a 20+ year background in business development, sales and technology management for companies operating in the financial services, telecommunications, banking, contestable energy and information technology sectors. My software background allowed for my developing the Microplan business planning system (www.microplan.com.au) used in strategic management and business planning. I have enjoyed 5 years of board level experience with companies listed on both the Australian and National stock exchanges. In this capacity, I successfully undertook funding and stock exchange listing projects for IT companies in addition to private equity capital raisings for private companies. 

 
Heady times but ultimately not fulfilling. So I decided to break out in a new adventure by coming to China. My years of designing and presenting business coaching and training programs for business groups was a factor in commencing a teaching career. I have spent the past year in Zhengzhou, teaching at the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. My time in China has been both a pleasure and a pain. The people and particularly the teaching environment has been wonderful and fulfilling. The chaos, noise and pollution has been a challenge. 
 
My passion is searching for meaning in a chaotic world, and I came here to explore and experience a little of what I thought was an ancient and timeless culture. I have found a beautiful culture, of gentle people, caught up in an amazing economic transformation that is little more than 60 years old, since the time of the Long March. 
 
 
Would you like to read a little more about my time in China?
 
I love philosophy and exploring the often perplexing questions revolving around life's meaning and purpose. 
 
I love music and highly recommend anyone in Zhengzhou visiting the OLD SONGS COFFEE SHOP.  (go after 9pm). So why am I on this website. I have had the fortunate experience of meeting and working with some wonderful people in Zhengzhou, who share a passion for networking and connecting both across the city and internationally. 
 
2nd - Table Topics Toastmasters Grand Final contest in China 2011.
 
My time with Toastmasters Middle Kingdom in Zhengzhou  has been both enjoyable and richly rewarding. 
 
My technical background has made it possible to work with the ZZConnect group to put this website together. I hope that in time, it becomes a platform for connecting people from everywhere with the growing spread of activities, events, opportunities and culture here in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, China.





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24 06, 11 01:49

posted by: Kallen


Richful life experience and broad horizon~
We are very fortunate to have you in this platform and in toastmasters!!

I love music too! Will visit Old Song Coffee for sure~
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7 01, 12 02:08

posted by: norm blaisdell


Hey guy, sorry to say but must leave here in a few days. Going back to Iowa. My age is a problem although I have been here 7 years have seen a few teachers come and buz off. Sad for them but hey..
Your words of wisdom are great and be good in cheer while doing your best. Watch out where you step and look into more of the brighter sides of life.
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7 01, 12 02:10

posted by: norm blaisdell


Hey guy, sorry to say but must leave here in a few days. Going back to Iowa. My age is a problem although I have been here 7 years have seen a few teachers come and buz off. Sad for them but hey..
Your words of wisdom are great and be good in cheer while doing your best. Watch out where you step and look into more of the brighter sides of life.
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