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….

How our clients use Country Navigator

By Terence Brake
5th April 2019

Country Navigator can be used in many ways across organizations. Here’s a few examples of how our clients use Country Navigator. …

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.

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….

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