Understanding Germans: Top 12 tips on business etiquette

By Sue Bryant
20th February 2019

Germans have a certain reputation for being formal, punctual, direct, methodical and governed by rules. True, or stereotypical? Both, really. It’s true to say that Germans generally share a set of common cultural values. Here are 12 ways to make a good impression….

The symbolism of flowers across cultures

By Sue Bryant
14th February 2019

With Valentine’s Day approaching we ask the question – “What flowers are appropriate to give in which cultures across the World.” …

Are all Americans culturally the same?

By Sue Bryant
13th 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….

How culturally different are Americans and Canadians?

By Sue Bryant
24th January 2019

Mistaking an American for a Canadian, or the other way round, may result in a discreet sigh or roll of the eyes; it’s just as much a faux pas as confusing Australians with New Zealanders, or the Scottish with the English. While the US and Canada share a long border, a language and many cultural traits, there are essential differences. Understanding these will smooth the wheels of business.

11 cultural differences between the Brits and Aussies

By Sue Bryant
17th January 2019

On the surface, Australians and Brits may seem to have much in common: language, heritage, a love of cricket and rugby, foreign travel, dry humour. But there are inevitable cultural differences – many of which both sides can learn from….

15 cultural differences between USA and Australia

By Sue Bryant
5th December 2018

Australia and the USA have many things in common, some obvious, some more subtle. Both are large land masses, both predominantly English speaking, both with an ancient native population, both relatively recently settled by European cultures. Both are democracies and both are meritocracies. Both cultures tend to be fairly materialistic and both tend to be open to new ideas and risk in business. Australians, like Americans, are hard-working and results-orientated.

So far, so similar. But there are also big differences between the two cultures. Not necessarily in a negative way – but differences that should be observed by anybody hoping to do business….

Hygge: How to get happy like the Danes

By Sue Bryant
28th November 2018

Danes consider hygge a defining part of their cultural identity. Some even claim this appreciation of cosiness is what makes them top of surveys about the world’s happiest people….

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