Posts by Sue

How do different cultures view failure?

5th August 2019

Dealing with failure, and learning from it, is in many cases the key to success. Yet understanding failure, and the way it is perceived, is important when working in a cross-cultural environment. Different cultures have completely opposing attitudes to failure….

How can employers support LGBTQ expats on new international assignments?

1st August 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?…

10 reasons why more cultural intelligence is needed in the logistics industry

31st July 2019

Transport and logistics is facing enormous change as an industry. New technology, new ways of collaborating and evolving competition are all driving this change.

So is customer service. Never before have customers had such high expectations, whether in a B2B or B2C environment. The increase in demand for swift delivery at lower than ever costs, combined with a seemingly global shortage of drivers and skills, are some of the biggest issues facing the logistics industry….

Death and dying: How different cultures view the end

24th July 2019

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….

10 reasons why more cultural intelligence is needed in the manufacturing industry

17th July 2019

The majority of companies operating in the automotive industry are global. Parts are sourced globally, which requires relationship building with overseas suppliers. Vehicles are sold worldwide, which means being culturally aware when creating sales and marketing campaigns and strategies. Sales teams have to work together across cultures. Employee bases, from the factory floor to sales forces and dealerships are multicultural, which requires cross-cultural understanding. What’s more, the automotive industry is in a state of change, with increased competition to car ownership from companies like Uber and Lyft, as well as car-sharing schemes and the prospect of driverless vehicles. The ability to recognise trends and respond quickly in different markets is essential….

10 cultural differences between China and the US

17th July 2019

Chinese and American people will find they have more similarities than differences. People are motivated by the same things: comfort, money, providing for the family, job satisfaction and security. But each culture reaches these goals via different routes and on the surface, can sometimes seem poles apart. Understanding why people are driven to behave the way they do can go a long way to successful intercultural communication….

11 cultural differences between Poland and the US

9th July 2019

Americans of Polish descent – nearly 10 million of them – form the largest Slavic ethnic group in the USA, and the largest diaspora of Poles in the world. So from the start, the two cultures have deep connections. Yet when embarking on a business relationship, or when Americans and Poles are working together for the first time, differences in the two cultures become clear. Here are 11 ways Americans and Poles can learn to understand one another more effectively.

3 ways to get quiet team members to speak up in meetings

9th July 2019

Since roughly half the population is made up of introverts, who tend to mull things over carefully before they open their mouths, most teams include at least one or two members who don’t say much. On diverse teams, when people come from cultures where offering ideas or opinions isn’t encouraged, the challenges are multiplied….

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