How to achieve business success in the US: 10 tips and strategies

By Sue Bryant
25th March 2019

According to the International Labour Organisation, Americans work longer hours than any other developed country – 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers and 499 more hours per year than French workers. The saying ‘Time is money’ may be a cliché, but it’s no joke. So how do you make a good impression in a country where everything seems to be done in a rush? Here are our top 12 tips.

Cultural appropriation: 8 ways to avoid a cultural faux pas in business

By Sue Bryant
21st March 2019

Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in the news nowadays. When aspects of another culture, generally a minority one, are taken and used by celebrities for image-building, or by companies to generate profit, giving nothing back to that culture, or using objects or designs in the wrong context, it’s hardly surprising that concerns are raised.

There’s a difference, of course, between cultural appropriation and celebration of culture. If we were only to dress, eat, read and listen to music representative of our own culture, life would be very bland. But in today’s ultra-sensitive climate, in business and socially, what represents a step too far – and how can you steer clear of a cultural faux pas?…

10 tips for doing business in the USA

By Terence Brake
21st March 2019

Learn all about American business culture with our free guide. Prepare for your international business meetings with Country Navigator….

The power of first impressions across cultures

By Patti McCarthy
20th March 2019

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. …

Infographic: 8 animals that made their countries famous

By Laura Geaves
19th March 2019

Travelling on business and living and working in another culture can be an exciting, enriching experience. But for members of the LGBTQ community, an international assignment requires far more thought and planning, whether it’s simply inviting a partner on a business trip or embarking on a whole new life abroad. An individual may be completely comfortable in their own culture, and in your corporate culture, but how will they fare in another, possibly less open-minded culture?…

Interview: Are universities failing to teach intercultural competence?

By Laura Geaves
19th March 2019

Travelling on business and living and working in another culture can be an exciting, enriching experience. But for members of the LGBTQ community, an international assignment requires far more thought and planning, whether it’s simply inviting a partner on a business trip or embarking on a whole new life abroad. An individual may be completely comfortable in their own culture, and in your corporate culture, but how will they fare in another, possibly less open-minded culture?…

Can where you live impact your longevity?

By Sue Bryant
16th March 2019

Today’s workplaces are highly diverse. People of different generations, cultures, genders and faiths are thrown together and expected to function as a team. Managers need to be extremely culturally sensitive to get all these people to work in harmony. Simply acknowledging differences is not enough to promote diversity; these differences need to be celebrated, not just tolerated.

The rewards are great; diverse teams have a greater breadth of experience, perspective and approaches to problem-solving. A diverse team may well be an asset, too, in that it is an accurate reflection of your customer base. But how do you achieve a truly inclusive environment in the workplace? Here are 10 suggestions….

Want to live longer? Move to Italy 

By Sue Bryant
12th March 2019

According to the recently published Bloomberg Global Health Index, Italians have got something right, as they come out top, as the healthiest people in the world. …

How to achieve business success in Hong Kong: 10 tips and strategies

By Sue Bryant
10th March 2019

Hong Kong: Bridging the gap Fast paced, busy Hong Kong is the bridge between China and the West. Yet doing business here is not quite the same as it is on the mainland – and at the same time, not as ‘westernized’ as you might think. Hong Kong Chinese are inherently different from those in […]…

10 tips for doing business in Japan

By Terence Brake
10th March 2019

Learn all about Japanese business culture with our free guide. Prepare for your international business meetings with Country Navigator….

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