11 tips on building trust across cultures

By Sue Bryant
26th March 2018

As business relationships become more global, learning to trust people from different cultures is all the more important to healthy business relationships. Different cultures sense trust in different ways. Pragmatic, task-based Americans are likely to trust someone based on their skills, their track record and their references. On the other hand, emotional South Americans and Arabs will trust someone because they like them, they have established common ground and they feel a sense of rapport. Understanding how to build – and maintain – trust is vital to business success….

Cultural stereotype or cultural prototype?

By Sue Bryant
23rd March 2018

Why do we make sweeping assumptions when it comes to dealing with other cultures? This is stereotyping, and it’s all too easy to do. Expecting all cultures to exhibit certain behaviors is our way of managing our own expectations of the unknown. We all have a need to categorize others and put them in context. Although a stereotypical view at its worst could be called a prejudice, not all stereotypes are bad, and stereotyping is not necessarily a negative activity. But it is a limiting one. …

How do different cultures approach decision making?

By Sue Bryant
22nd March 2018

When working with different cultures, it is important to understand what drives people to make decisions. Is it profit? Time? Relationships? Not only this, but it’s essential to know who makes the decisions, and what role others play. In autocratic cultures like those of Latin America, France or the Arab world, decisions tend to come from the top, while in countries with flatter management styles, like the Netherlands, Australia or Israel, consensus is important. On the other hand, some of the most apparently egalitarian cultures can have a surprisingly top-down style when it comes to making a decision. In other situations, the corporate culture may override any local cultural traits. There will always be variations on cultural stereotypes, but here here are a few general examples of decision-making style around the world.

The Best Countries for Expats

By Jason Mueller
21st March 2018

Prior to taking steps to move to a new country, you need to stop and really think long and hard about what, precisely, you are really looking for with your move. Are you trying to find a long-term place to enjoy entertainment? Do you need quiet space and plenty of nature to really feel at one with the earth? Or, are you just trying to move to an area of the world where it seems people may be friendly and you can be comfortable? No matter the reason, you also need to consider how an overseas move will affect your life, the life of your immediate family and also, your healthcare, education or bank account or employment needs. To help a little, you may want to consider one, or more, of the top five expat locations in the world when you are planning your move away from home. …

Business Etiquette Around the World (Infographic)

By Meredith Wood
13th March 2018

No matter where you travel on business, you are guaranteed to encounter unique customs that govern how business is done in that particular area. International business travel is becoming increasingly common, so business people must be more cognizant than ever about how to successfully engage in cross-cultural communication. …

Expat assignments: The positives and negatives

By Sue Bryant
7th March 2018

The idea of an expat assignment often seems glamorous. Promotion, perks, new friends and adventures. But will a spell abroad actually further your career? There are many benefits, personal and professional, to an overseas placement, but there are caveats, too….

International Women’s Day: 6 tips to empower women in the workplace

By Sue Bryant
7th March 2018

March 8 is International Women’s Day, when the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women are celebrated worldwide. International Women’s Day first took place in 1911, as a result of the suffragette movement, with marches and rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained and hold public office….