Feb 9, 2023
EPM Conversations Episode 16 -- A Culture Clash Conversation or 50 Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong with Ludovic De Paz and Pascal De Schryver
Culture Clash or 50 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong
The performance management world is broad. Those who practice within it are wide in skills, dispersed in geography, deep in talent, and – in general – all jumbled together.
Your hosts are all North Americans (Canadians and Mexicans rejoice for this American has finally figured out how not to use “America” as shorthand for that quarter-or-so of the globe above the equator and a bit west of the Greenwich meridian) but hail from three different continents. Beyond the differences in our personalities, it’s easy to see your hosts’ cultural influences in this podcast: British diffidence, Indian thoughtfulness, American brashness. Stereotypes and certainly wide brushed, but where your hosts’ formative years were spent marked us. With luck, it makes for an in interesting podcast.
In that vein, we thought it would be interesting to talk to our fellow North American performance management practitioners who work and live here today but come from elsewhere. Our audience is primarily from that quarter of the globe mentioned above; we are not perhaps the most introspective people and might be improved if we were so. An outsider sees the quirks and foibles that a native cannot. This episode begins a series on work culture – not Culture Wars – from the perspective of those who have worked professionally here and elsewhere.Our Very Special Guests
I’ve known Ludovic for seemingly forever: in Oracle-land as a webinar copresenter on ASO Planning and as an employee at OneStream. Poor guy, he can’t seem to shake me.
I met Pascal on the drive back to the airport from a OneStream Services meeting, packed like a sardine in a rental car. I remember thinking, “I am the only one out of seven in this car that was actually born in the United States.” Perhaps a portent of this series? It did set me to thinking, so maybe.246 Varieties of Cheese*
Beyond knowing Ludovic and Pascal, there is the role of France in North America: Quebec, the Marquis of Layfette, the Louisiana Purchase, the French Emperor of Mexico (yes, really) whose imposed rule by Napoleon III (no, that one, the other one but still a Napoleon) triggered the Battle of Camarón (yes, also named the Battle of Cameron, really) and the cherished artefect of legionnaire Jean Danjou’s wooden hand. Yes, really. How could we not have France as our first Culture Clash?
The conversation is wide ranging, informative, funny, historical (you’ve already started to get this Francophile’s taste for great French statesmen) and philosophical (yes, really, Frenchmen discussing their favorite philosophers just as one might expect). We thoroughly enjoyed it and think you will too.
Join us, won’t you?
*OMG, before you all lose your minds, the (2nd) greatest Frenchman of them all said that about governing his country.