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.

The effects of culture on productivity

By Julia Gaspar-Bates
8th November 2018

How does culture affect our levels of productivity? In today’s global environment people are increasingly working together across cultures, often without truly understanding the underlying differences that may be unintentionally sabotaging them. In too many cases, people assume that if they work for the same organization or speak the same language then they will have the same objectives and goals. However, while the end goals may be the same, the path to reach them often takes many hazardous twists and turns. In some cases, this may result in increased levels of frustration and stress, lack of motivation and productivity and misunderstandings that ultimately affect the bottom line. In worst case scenarios, it can also sever a professional relationship or partnership where one of the parties is left feeling perplexed as to what happened….

11 tips for developing cultural agility as a leader

By Sue Bryant
5th November 2018

Cultural agility is a valuable asset in today’s global marketplace. To some, a curiosity about other cultures and an enthusiasm for adapting to them comes naturally. Others, though, need to learn the necessary skills to operate in a global environment. As leaders lead by example, this is particularly important for those managing a global team. Here are a few pointers….

What is cultural intelligence?

By Terence Brake
29th October 2018

First there was IQ, then EQ, now there’s CQ – cultural intelligence, and it’s a skill everyone must have to function effectively across different cultures….

When businesses embrace a global mindset they get better results

By Christian
22nd October 2018

No matter whether you are expanding your business into foreign markets, trying to recruit the best candidates from a diverse talent pool, leading a multinational (and perhaps remote) team of people, or ensuring your marketing and branding messages are received in the intended way: cultural competence and having a global mindset – your ability to work and relate effectively across cultures and behavioral norms – is a key business skill….

The importance of intercultural understanding

By Terence Brake
22nd October 2018

Intercultural training is becoming more important than we might have imagined and in today’s borderless world, where cultures increasingly connect and collide, the art of finding distinctive or even unique characteristics of any national culture is becoming even harder….

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