What my birthday taught me about cultural training

By Patti McCarthy
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?…

6 ways a lack of cultural awareness impacts workplace productivity everyday

By Sue Bryant
12th 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?…

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.

13 ways to develop cultural diversity

By Sue Bryant
9th May 2019

The UN’s World Day for Cultural Diversity takes place on 21st May, here are 13 ways to celebrate the day and develop your own cultural awareness….

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….

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. …

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….

How to achieve business success in the US: 10 tips and strategies

By Sue Bryant
25th March 2019

According to the International Labour Organisation, Americans work longer hours than any other developed country – 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers and 499 more hours per year than French workers. The saying ‘Time is money’ may be a cliché, but it’s no joke. So how do you make a good impression in a country where everything seems to be done in a rush? Here are our top 12 tips.

Cultural appropriation: 8 ways to avoid a cultural faux pas in business

By Sue Bryant
21st 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?…

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