Can where you live impact your longevity?

By Sue Bryant
16th March 2019

Today’s workplaces are highly diverse. People of different generations, cultures, genders and faiths are thrown together and expected to function as a team. Managers need to be extremely culturally sensitive to get all these people to work in harmony. Simply acknowledging differences is not enough to promote diversity; these differences need to be celebrated, not just tolerated.

The rewards are great; diverse teams have a greater breadth of experience, perspective and approaches to problem-solving. A diverse team may well be an asset, too, in that it is an accurate reflection of your customer base. But how do you achieve a truly inclusive environment in the workplace? Here are 10 suggestions….

Want to live longer? Move to Italy 

By Sue Bryant
12th March 2019

According to the recently published Bloomberg Global Health Index, Italians have got something right, as they come out top, as the healthiest people in the world. …

How to achieve business success in Hong Kong: 10 tips and strategies

By Sue Bryant
10th March 2019

Hong Kong: Bridging the gap Fast paced, busy Hong Kong is the bridge between China and the West. Yet doing business here is not quite the same as it is on the mainland – and at the same time, not as ‘westernized’ as you might think. Hong Kong Chinese are inherently different from those in […]…

The top 20 most powerful women of all time

By Laura Geaves
4th 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?…

International Women’s Day: 6 tips to empower women in the workplace

By Sue Bryant
4th March 2019

March 8 is International Women’s Day, when the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women are celebrated worldwide. International Women’s Day first took place in 1911, as a result of the suffragette movement, with marches and rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained and hold public office….

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.

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