Posts by Laura

10 tips on how to do business in Pakistan

11th September 2019

Needing to do business with New Zealanders? For advice and guidance on making a good impression in New Zealand you need to check out our top 10 tips. …

How to politely respond to sneezing across cultures

25th June 2019

There’s no end to ‘sneezing across cultures’ trivia. But whatever the bizarre origins of the response, it is quite useful to know how to react when you’re abroad. Learning the nuances of a new language is challenging enough, but when you throw in colloquialisms and basic etiquette, it becomes a nightmare. Here are a few responses to be armed with….

Team profiler: Discover the power of diversity in your teams

13th June 2019

Our newest feature, Team Profiler offers multicultural teams the opportunity to analyse their diversity and gain feedback on how to improve collaboration. Includes customised team reports and feedback for team leaders and coaches with actionable tips and strategies.

Expat leadership tips when working in Japan – “Adapt. Don’t adopt.”

23rd April 2019

Apparently you can. Our senior learning consultant, Russell Harlow recently sat down for an interview with The Culture Guy. Click below to listen to Russell share how his success in adjusting to his new environment in Tokyo initially had a detrimental effect on his effectiveness as a leader of a multinational organization in Japan.

Infographic: 8 animals that made their countries famous

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?

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?…

The top 20 most powerful women of all time

4th 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?…

The intellectual thinking behind Country Navigator

27th October 2018

Death is marked in so many ways around the world that an understanding of different rituals can be helpful, particularly in a cross cultural environment. It’s not death, as such, which is a universal experience, but the expression of grief that differs so much between cultures….

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