Culture intelligence: The language of the Borderless Workplace

By Chris Crosby
25th April 2019

What skills are needed when communicating across cultures? The ability to speak the language or be able to utilise the skill of cultural intelligence? The most effective and skilled managers I have observed, have displayed limited, if any, foreign language skills. What they have all possessed in abundance is the ability to communicate with empathy, demonstrate humility, and build trust. …

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….

Expat leadership tips when working in Japan – “Adapt. Don’t adopt.”

By Laura Geaves
23rd April 2019

Apparently you can. Our senior learning consultant, Russell Harlow recently sat down for an interview with The Culture Guy. Click below to listen to Russell share how his success in adjusting to his new environment in Tokyo initially had a detrimental effect on his effectiveness as a leader of a multinational organization in Japan.

13 lessons learned from working across cultures

By Terence Brake
8th April 2019

Having spent a good part of my life working across cultures, I thought I would try and summarize some of the lessons I’ve learned. We work in an increasingly technology-driven workplace, but the ease of connecting digitally doesn’t mean greater ease in communicating across cultures. Our world is still a tapestry threaded with cultural differences….

6 ways a lack of cultural awareness impacts workplace productivity everyday

By Sue Bryant
27th 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?…

Teach the relevant skills in your business training to see your global teams rise

By Christian
8th March 2019

Which competencies are the most in demand for international business? And what type of business training do companies need to invest in to ensure their talent pool is equipped with the competencies required to succeed in markets around the world? These are questions which continue to come up in the conversations with our clients. Consequently, the next […]…

Should we celebrate cultural similarities rather than focus on differences?

By Sue Bryant
19th February 2019

We talk a lot about cultural differences; identifying them, observing them, trying to work around them. But what about finding common ground with other cultures in business instead? Trying to discover cultural similarities and to use these as a basis for a working relationship can often be a more positive approach in a cross-cultural environment. Here are a few points to consider.

Avoid these 9 behaviors if you want to be a global success in 2019

By Christian
8th January 2019

As you grow in your professional role, the skills which got you into your position won’t be the same skills which will elevate your global career. Add to that some of the learned behaviors that most of us pick up over the years and which aren’t particularly helpful when doing business across national and cultural borders. Here are nine of the non-supportive habits you want to let go, if you’re serious about achieving cross-cultural superstardom.

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