11 cultural differences between Poland and the US

By Sue Bryant
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

By Sue Bryant
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….

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

By Sue Bryant
25th June 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….

12 reasons why more cultural intelligence is needed in the finance industry

By Sue Bryant
25th June 2019

In finance today, cultural intelligence is as important as one’s IQ or emotional intelligence. Technology means different markets communicate and work together without ever having to meet – but this does not take away the need to why decisions are made, and why people react to situations the way they do.

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

By Sue Bryant
13th June 2019

In today’s diverse climate, cultural intelligence is everything and especially important in the pharmaceuticals industry. Why? There are several reasons. Better understanding globally of healthcare decision making means marketing can be tailored to specific groups and mindsets. Improved knowledge of how different population groups perceive health and illness is another way that pharmaceutical companies can tailor their communication….

How do leadership styles differ across cultures?

By Sue Bryant
4th June 2019

Leaders today need to be able to manage across cultures. They require a high degree of emotional intelligence, both in interpreting what others really mean and in deciding how best to be effective themselves within different cultures….

How do different cultures approach decision making?

By Sue Bryant
11th May 2019

When working with different cultures, it is important to understand what drives people to make decisions. Is it profit? Time? Relationships? Not only this, but it’s essential to know who makes the decisions, and what role others play. In autocratic cultures like those of Latin America, France or the Arab world, decisions tend to come from the top, while in countries with flatter management styles, like the Netherlands, Australia or Israel, consensus is important. On the other hand, some of the most apparently egalitarian cultures can have a surprisingly top-down style when it comes to making a decision. In other situations, the corporate culture may override any local cultural traits. There will always be variations on cultural stereotypes, but here here are a few general examples of decision-making style around the world.

How can employers support the LGBTQ community on international assignments?

By Sue Bryant
10th May 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?…

How to grow your business with cultural intelligence (CQ)

By Patti McCarthy
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….

What does diversity mean to different generations?

By Sue Bryant
23rd April 2019

The makeup of the workplace today is very different to that of the past in terms of gender, ethnicity, attitude and behavior. The older generation can be credited with ushering in diversity. But what diversity actually means has changed – and will most likely continue to evolve as the last baby boomers retire and Generation Z enters the workforce….

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