10 cultural differences between China and the US

By Sue Bryant
20th May 2018

Chinese and American people will find they have more similarities than differences. People are motivated by the same things: comfort, money, providing for the family, job satisfaction and security. But each culture reaches these goals via different routes and on the surface, can sometimes seem poles apart. Understanding why people are driven to behave the way they do can go a long way to successful intercultural communication….

How do different cultures approach learning?

By Sue Bryant
11th April 2018

One of the most interesting aspects of working in a cross-cultural team is the diversity of ideas and approaches that it brings. People from different cultures tackle problem solving in very different ways, for example. There may also be a great range of styles in dealing with authority, or giving and receiving feedback.

Much of this stems from the education system that shaped the individual. While stereotypes need to be avoided, here are a few clues as to why different cultures have such varied approaches to learning….

How do different cultures approach decision making?

By Sue Bryant
22nd March 2018

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.

How to develop your cultural curiosity

By Terence Brake
23rd February 2018

Without cultural curiosity we are closed to learning about others who are different from ourselves. In global business, this results in…

Featured in Training Journal: Unconscious bias – some lessons learned

By Terence Brake
6th February 2018

Am I unconsciously biased? Yes, and its discovery can be a shocking self-revelation. I remember years ago my surprise when the IT support person who came to help me was a woman! OMG, what was I thinking? Well, I wasn’t thinking. Since then I’ve learned a few lessons I hope trainers find useful….

The symbolism of flowers across cultures

By Sue Bryant
2nd February 2018

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

2018 Best Countries Report

By Terence Brake
25th January 2018

New report out ranking the top 10 countries for 2018. The report also includes the most popular and least popular politicians of the moment….