Posts by Patti McCarthy

What my birthday taught me about cultural training

30th May 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 realities of being an expat wife

28th April 2019

The life for the ‘trailing spouse’ – isolation and loneliness – and sometimes infidelity, these factors cause 42% of expat assignments to fail. …

How to grow your business with cultural intelligence (CQ)

25th April 2019

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….

The 7 habits of highly effective expats

23rd April 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. …

The power of first impressions across cultures

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. …

7 follow up techniques to improve your training ROI

19th February 2019

We often compare one culture against another to improve our cross-cultural awareness. But what’s to say any particular culture is homogenous? Take the United States, for example. Whether you’re actually from the US, or visiting from another country on business, you may encounter many different sets of cultural values, depending on where you travel. While many Americans share a set of core values, personally and in business, variations around the country have been shaped by an enormous range in faith, ethnicity, waves of immigration, industry and physical conditions. Here are just a few cultural differences – although this list is arguably merely scratching the surface….

Has expatriate coaching had its day?

5th December 2018

The misconceptions of expatriate coaching In the light of all the international travel we do and the huge range of people from different cultural backgrounds that many of us encounter on a daily basis, is expatriate coaching really necessary anymore? The answer is Yes, Yes & Yes again! In this article, we will look at […]…

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