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….

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.

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….

7 tips for managing conflict in a multicultural workplace

By Sue Bryant
22nd October 2018

Conflict at work is wearing and demoralizing. But how to manage it – and how to perceive it – depends on the culture of the individuals concerned. Here’s our 7 tips for managing conflict in a multicultural team. …

How do different cultures approach learning?

By Sue Bryant
11th October 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….

Teach the relevant skills in your business training to see your global teams rise

By Christian
4th October 2018

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 […]…

How do leaders differ across cultures?

By Sue Bryant
18th September 2018

Leaders today need to be able to manage across cultures. They require a high degree of emotional intelligence, both in interpreting what others really mean and in deciding how best to be effective themselves within different cultures….