Are all Americans culturally the same?

By Sue Bryant
13th February 2019

We often compare one culture against another to improve our cross-cultural awareness. But what’s to say any particular culture is homogenous? Take the United States, for example. Whether you’re actually from the US, or visiting from another country on business, you may encounter many different sets of cultural values, depending on where you travel. While many Americans share a set of core values, personally and in business, variations around the country have been shaped by an enormous range in faith, ethnicity, waves of immigration, industry and physical conditions. Here are just a few cultural differences – although this list is arguably merely scratching the surface….

How culturally different are Americans and Canadians?

By Sue Bryant
24th January 2019

Mistaking an American for a Canadian, or the other way round, may result in a discreet sigh or roll of the eyes; it’s just as much a faux pas as confusing Australians with New Zealanders, or the Scottish with the English. While the US and Canada share a long border, a language and many cultural traits, there are essential differences. Understanding these will smooth the wheels of business.

11 cultural differences between the Brits and Aussies

By Sue Bryant
17th January 2019

On the surface, Australians and Brits may seem to have much in common: language, heritage, a love of cricket and rugby, foreign travel, dry humour. But there are inevitable cultural differences – many of which both sides can learn from….

8 cultural differences between USA and India

By Sue Bryant
8th January 2019

The USA and India are such vast and populous countries that drawing comparisons between the two can put you in danger of making sweeping generalisations. A young, ambitious, educated tech entrepreneur from New Delhi may have much in common with his or her equivalent in Silicon Valley – certainly a lot more than a coconut farmer from Kerala would with a factory worker from Detroit. There are, however, enough deep-seated traits in each culture that make comparison a useful tool for smoothing the path of business….

15 cultural differences between USA and Australia

By Sue Bryant
5th December 2018

Australia and the USA have many things in common, some obvious, some more subtle. Both are large land masses, both predominantly English speaking, both with an ancient native population, both relatively recently settled by European cultures. Both are democracies and both are meritocracies. Both cultures tend to be fairly materialistic and both tend to be open to new ideas and risk in business. Australians, like Americans, are hard-working and results-orientated.

So far, so similar. But there are also big differences between the two cultures. Not necessarily in a negative way – but differences that should be observed by anybody hoping to do business….

What does diversity mean to different generations?

By Sue Bryant
13th November 2018

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….

12 tips for working virtually in a multicultural team

By Sue Bryant
13th November 2018

You can’t beat face-to-face contact for furthering cross-cultural relationships. But sometimes it’s not always available. All over the world, the only, or the main contact people have with their remote co-workers is by conference call, or email. While technology is a wonderful thing, if this is the only method of communication you have, vital nuances can be lost in conversation, leading to the breakdown in relationships or even the failure of projects. Here are our top tips for making the most of working remotely….

How do different cultures view age and seniority?

By Sue Bryant
12th November 2018

When working in a cross-cultural environment, it is important to understand the context in which different cultures view age and seniority, even if these do seem like rather sweeping generalizations….

How do different cultures approach decision making?

By Sue Bryant
10th November 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.

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