They placed the turn signal on the left side of the column, placed the gearshift on the right side of the column, and placed the brights control on the floor, operated by the left foot.
Column shifters can operate differently too:
1. Common old automatics had PRND21. I was in a newer vehicle that had PRNDM. In order to access manual gears, you have to move the selector to 'M' and use buttons on the shifter stalk to access all lower gears. So when you are towing and need to drop down a gear to control your descent, you need to muck about with the shifter+buttons+dash display to make sure you've picked the right gear. Compare to before when you move the shifter stalk down one (or two.) Intuitive, eh?
2. I certainly haven't forgotten the manual shifter on the column, or 3-on-the-tree. Put new drivers in it and they'll never figure out how to move it as they'll think it's automatic. They'll probably grind gears a lot though. :-)