6 superstitions international businesses people should respect

By Terence Brake
11th April 2018

We all laugh at colleagues who read their horoscopes. But superstitions around the world have a tangible effect on business and on the motivation of workers. Whatever your personal opinion, it is important in any cross-cultural environment to understand how belief systems affect your colleagues, your employees – and your market.

The do’s and don’ts of greetings around the world

By Sue Bryant
9th January 2018

Shaking hands may seem like a perfectly normal way to greet a business contact. Not necessarily, though. What happens if the other person doesn’t offer their hand? Or if you’re a woman in a conservative Muslim culture? Or if your counterpart greets you with a bow? Here’s a quick guide to five situations in which a little business etiquette understanding of different greetings around the world can go a long way….

How to deal with business travel rage

By Sue Bryant
25th June 2017

The reality of business travel If you encounter business travel on a regular basis you will testify that globetrotting for work is no holiday. Things often go wrong. When there is a real fiasco, like a cancelled flight, the default behavior of most travelers is to shout and rage. But the best way to get what […]…

Personal space: Don’t stand too close to me

By Sue Bryant
4th May 2017

When it comes to personal space across cultures our advice is to keep your distance in Canada; prepare for an abrazo (a hug) in Argentina; and if you end up on intimate terms with a Norwegian, don’t shrink away; they like to stand closer than anybody. …

4 things every digital nomad needs to know

By Terence Brake
6th April 2017

Imaginative entrepreneurs have made businesses out of digital nomadism. Digital nomads consist of millennials and aging baby boomers who work flexibility….