How to achieve business success in the US: 10 tips and strategies

By Sue Bryant
25th March 2019

According to the International Labour Organisation, Americans work longer hours than any other developed country – 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers and 499 more hours per year than French workers. The saying ‘Time is money’ may be a cliché, but it’s no joke. So how do you make a good impression in a country where everything seems to be done in a rush? Here are our top 12 tips.

Cultural appropriation: 8 ways to avoid a cultural faux pas in business

By Sue Bryant
21st 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?…

The power of first impressions across cultures

By Patti McCarthy
20th March 2019

Currently 1 in 2 expatriate assignments are terminated early because the employee or their family aren’t happy. What makes the difference between success and failure as an expat? In my experience the happiest expats follow these habits. …

How to achieve business success in Hong Kong: 10 tips and strategies

By Sue Bryant
10th March 2019

Hong Kong: Bridging the gap Fast paced, busy Hong Kong is the bridge between China and the West. Yet doing business here is not quite the same as it is on the mainland – and at the same time, not as ‘westernized’ as you might think. Hong Kong Chinese are inherently different from those in […]…

The top 20 most powerful women of all time

By Laura Geaves
4th 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?…

International Women’s Day: 6 tips to empower women in the workplace

By Sue Bryant
4th March 2019

March 8 is International Women’s Day, when the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women are celebrated worldwide. International Women’s Day first took place in 1911, as a result of the suffragette movement, with marches and rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained and hold public office….

10 top tips: Singaporean business etiquette

By Sue Bryant
28th February 2019

Singaporeans may identify first as Singaporean before Chinese, Malay or Indian. On the surface, Singapore is a high-tech, cosmopolitan environment, fast-paced and fashion conscious. But under the veneer of gleaming skyscrapers, designer shops and expensive cars is a complex cultural melting pot, with influences from Chinese to Malay to Indian….

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