How do different cultures approach learning?

By Sue Bryant
15th April 2019

One of the most interesting aspects of working in a cross-cultural team is the diversity of ideas and approaches that it brings. People from different cultures tackle problem solving in very different ways, for example. There may also be a great range of styles in dealing with authority, or giving and receiving feedback.

Much of this stems from the education system that shaped the individual. While stereotypes need to be avoided, here are a few clues as to why different cultures have such varied approaches to learning….

8 cultural differences between USA and India

By Sue Bryant
15th April 2019

The USA and India are such vast and populous countries that drawing comparisons between the two can put you in danger of making sweeping generalisations. A young, ambitious, educated tech entrepreneur from New Delhi may have much in common with his or her equivalent in Silicon Valley – certainly a lot more than a coconut farmer from Kerala would with a factory worker from Detroit. There are, however, enough deep-seated traits in each culture that make comparison a useful tool for smoothing the path of business….

Expat assignments: The positives and negatives

By Sue Bryant
10th April 2019

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….

13 lessons learned from working across cultures

By Terence Brake
8th April 2019

Having spent a good part of my life working across cultures, I thought I would try and summarize some of the lessons I’ve learned. We work in an increasingly technology-driven workplace, but the ease of connecting digitally doesn’t mean greater ease in communicating across cultures. Our world is still a tapestry threaded with cultural differences….

How our clients use Country Navigator

By Terence Brake
5th April 2019

Country Navigator can be used in many ways across organizations. Here’s a few examples of how our clients use Country Navigator. …

The do’s and don’ts of greetings around the world

By Sue Bryant
3rd April 2019

Shaking hands may seem like a perfectly normal way to greet a business contact. Not necessarily, though. What happens if the other person doesn’t offer their hand? Or if you’re a woman in a conservative Muslim culture? Or if your counterpart greets you with a bow? Here’s a quick guide to five situations in which a little business etiquette understanding of different greetings around the world can go a long way….

WHEN and HOW to use to humor across cultures

By Sue Bryant
1st April 2019

Humor is extremely useful in a cross-cultural situation. It builds trust and intimacy. Sharing a joke is the best way to break down barriers. Laughter is universal. But if your joke falls flat on its face, either for being inappropriate, or just not funny, newly forged business relationships could be doomed to failure….

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