Should we celebrate cultural similarities rather than focus on differences?

By Sue Bryant
25th July 2018

We talk a lot about cultural differences; identifying them, observing them, trying to work around them. But what about finding common ground with other cultures in business instead? Trying to discover cultural similarities and to use these as a basis for a working relationship can often be a more positive approach in a cross-cultural environment. Here are a few points to consider.

9 tips on raising children with a global mindset

By Sue Bryant
25th July 2018

Children of today – the Generation Z cohort – will enter the workplace with a very different mindset from their parents and generations before them. These kids are growing up in a world that’s increasingly connected; a world that’s embracing diversity, breaking down traditional barriers and in terms of the ease of travel, shrinking. So how can you equip your child to be prepared for the cross-cultural environment in which they will one day work?

The 7 habits of highly effective expats

By Patti McCarthy
25th July 2018

Currently 1 in 2 expatriate assignments are terminated early because the employee or their family aren’t happy. What makes the difference between success and failure as an expat? In my experience the happiest expats follow these habits. …

Personal space: Don’t stand too close to me

By Sue Bryant
20th July 2018

When it comes to personal space across cultures our advice is to keep your distance in Canada; prepare for an abrazo (a hug) in Argentina; and if you end up on intimate terms with a Norwegian, don’t shrink away; they like to stand closer than anybody. …

Americans vs Brits – culturally similar or worlds apart?

By Sue Bryant
16th July 2018

Americans and Brits can feel a world apart, culturally as well as geographically. The reality is, of course, that the two have an enormous amount in common in terms of history, values, popular culture and language….

8 cultural differences between World Cup finalists France and Croatia

By Sue Bryant
12th July 2018

The 2018 World Cup final will be soccer’s clash of the year, as France plays Croatia for the ultimate title. But will a contest on the pitch translate to a collision of cultures? Here’s our take on the two sides from a business perspective….

6 superstitions international business people should respect

By Terence Brake
12th July 2018

We all laugh at colleagues who read their horoscopes. But superstitions around the world have a tangible effect on business and on the motivation of workers. Whatever your personal opinion, it is important in any cross-cultural environment to understand how belief systems affect your colleagues, your employees – and your market.

How to grow your business with cultural intelligence (CQ)

By Patti McCarthy
11th July 2018

Do you work with a colleague, client or supplier from a different cultural background to your own? You may think that cultural intelligence is something that only expatriates and multi-nationals need to think about, but there are at least half a dozen ways in which becoming more culturally intelligent (more CQ) can help you to grow your business.

First of all, let’s clarify what cultural intelligence is. I see it as a combination of emotional intelligence and cultural knowledge and there is no doubt that being more CQ gives you a real advantage when it comes to working with people from other cultures, whether you are wanting to communicate, to negotiate, to buy or sell, lead or follow….