Cultural immersion in Qufu, China: Part 3 of 4

As well as gaining a far greater appreciation of Chinese culture and mentality, this trip has given me the opportunity to meet some outstanding people, from all over the world. From grads fresh out of University, to hardened business souls like myself, living to such a strict regime, in such a disciplined environment, really accelerated the collaboration and speed at which I have built relationships. 

The background to my trip

In May 2014, K2 Corporate Mobility's founder and CEO, Nick Plummer, left for four weeks of total cultural immersion at a retreat run by Shaolin monks, in the UNESCO world heritage city of Qufu, China. Now back in Singapore, Nick shares the business drivers behind his decision. 

Extract from my diary: Part 3 of 4

I seem to be learning more this week which is positive. We have a new Master, who is very patient with me, taking the time to go over moves with me again and again, until he’s happy I have mastered them, for which I’m very grateful. Things finally seem to be falling together.

I’ve started to learn some Chi Gong, an art of moving Chi around the body, which apparently helps with health, mind and spirit. I’ve really enjoyed this art, as it is all about slow and precise movements, whilst breathing correctly to help move the Chi round one’s body. I have now mastered the first five or so moves of around 20 so still a long way to go on this front.

On quieter days, I used my free sessions to walk along with a couple of buddies and the little school dog, up the mountain. On tough days, we have back to back activities- at points my legs quite literally shake as the lactic acid built up around my muscles. The week has been quite a mental battle, the combination of missing Singapore and my family, plus trying to refine the patience required to succeed in these ancient exercises. The highlights are the days which I manage to have calls with my partner and boys, a real boost.

Physically, I’m not feeling quite so stiff in the evenings, absolutely able to get my legs and body in to positions that were just not possible this time last week, and I am sure I’ve lost a couple of KG’s if my baggy T shirts and loose fitting shorts are anything to go by.

As well as gaining a far greater appreciation of Chinese culture and mentality, this trip has given me the opportunity to meet some outstanding people, from all over the world. From grads fresh out of University, to hardened business souls like myself, living to such a strict regime, in such a disciplined environment, really accelerated the collaboration and speed at which I have built relationships. 

About the article: This is the third of a four part series on Nick's stay in China. The concluding piece will be available on Friday 1st August 2014.  

About the author: Nick Plummer, CEO, K2 Corporate Mobility
Nick has 25 years' experience in the global mobility industry- founding K2 Corporate Mobility in 2002. Nick currently lives with his young family in Singapore, focusing and driving business growth in APAC. In his role as CEO, Nick has led K2 Corporate Mobility's strategic development, opening eight offices and now employing almost 100 people globally. He continues to lead relationships with K2's clients, proud that 80% of K2's first year customers are still engaging our services one decade later. 

IMAGE RIGHTS: Chi King (2006). Huangshan, China. Available at: https://flic.kr/p/2BPkP9. License here

 

 

Nick Plummer, CEO, K2 Corporate Mobility