6 differences between English and French culture

By Finola Speck
18th July 2019

Despite their close geographical proximity, France and the United Kingdom hold more than a few cultural contrasts. In spite of this, the nation’s successfully join forces in business demonstrating a great example of cross-cultural collaboration. Here are a few cultural factors for both sides to consider….

An introduction to French culture: politics, the economy and how to win at business in France

By Finola Speck
17th July 2019

If you are currently working with the French or going to do business with them in the near future, demonstrate your own worldly knowledge, especially about France. Expect arguments, but enjoy them! Cross cultural training enables people to understand how contrasting cultural backgrounds can influence perspectives and provides opportunity to adapt their working style to improve relationships. …

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.

10 tips for doing business in China

By Terence Brake
18th June 2019

Learn all about Chinese business culture with our free guide. Prepare for your international business meetings with Country Navigator….

Hong Kong: 10 tips for business success when working in Hong Kong

By Sue Bryant
7th May 2019

Be sure to recognise the differences between Hong Kong Chinese and mainland Chinese and don’t make assumptions about somebody’s background and culture. Be prompt for appointments and calm and polite during meetings; overenthusiastic displays of emotion are frowned upon. Dress smartly and fashionably, taking into account the Chinese superstitions concerning blue and white, and any other colours or symbols which are regarded as inauspicious….

Ghana: 10 tips for business success when working with Ghanaians

By Sue Bryant
7th May 2019

Take time to develop personal relationships and be guided by your counterpart as to when to move on to business. Expect to be asked personal questions, like ‘What religion are you?’ and answer politely. Ghanaians love to chat and put a person in context and this questioning helps them to achieve that.

Finland: 10 tips for business success when working with Finns

By Sue Bryant
7th May 2019

Be prepared to make positive but not excessive comments about Finland. Finns always like to know what visitors think of their country and are actually quite insecure, so do not be critical. If you want to talk about sport, ice hockey is a national obsession, as is Formula One.

Denmark: 10 tips for business success when working with Danes

By Sue Bryant
7th May 2019

You will make a good impression in Denmark if you conform and fit in. Don’t try to be different, either in your home, your dress style or your interactions with Danes. Dress smartly and conservatively and adopt a calm demeanour; Danes are not given to vigorous displays of public affection. All decisions are made by consensus and it is important to respect this. Do not go over anybody’s head and involve whole teams in decision-making processes.

Bahrain: 10 tips for business success when working with Bahrainis

By Sue Bryant
7th May 2019

Bahrainis live in a multicultural society and are comfortable dealing with visiting business people. Like other Arabs, they are hospitable and place a great deal of emphasis on an outward expression of politeness and quiet demeanour….

10 tips for doing business in the USA

By Terence Brake
21st March 2019

Learn all about American business culture with our free guide. Prepare for your international business meetings with Country Navigator….

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