blog: cross-cultural training

Our blog keeps you informed about the cultural characteristics of different cultures and countries. This will ensure that you have the most up-to-date background knowledge, including information on such topics as negotiations in China, leading employees in Brazil or successfully writing e-mails with Italians. Furthermore, you will get the latest news about cross-cultural communication and cross-cultural training.

In case you’re interested in seminars, workshops or coaching on these topics, here’s an overview of our services, which we offer worldwide.

International virtual leadership

Leading a cross-cultural team is coupled with all sorts of challenges. It’s especially exciting when the team members are based in different international locations and collaboration takes place to a large extent virtually. As a leader, you should learn what to take into account in the virtual realm! Continue reading

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Direct and indirect communication

Today we’d like to introduce you to a cultural difference that causes misunderstandings in global collaborations extremely often. You’ll encounter the issue of direct and indirect communication when collaborating with people all over the world, wherever they come from. Because this issue directly affects all forms of communication [face-to-face discussions, e-mail, telephone, etc.], it’s especially important to have good strategies to handle it. Continue reading

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Establishing business relationships in Poland

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Poland is more than just Germany’s eastern neighbor; it’s also an important trade partner. But how does Polish business function, and what cultural peculiarities should you be mindful of? In today’s blog post, we’d like to give you a few useful pointers to that end.

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Conflict management / giving feedback in a cross-culturally adept way

Feedback isn’t easy. Even when I want to give feedback to someone from my own culture about a specific behavior, it can easily lead to conflict, especially when it comes to negative aspects and wishes for improvement. For instance, the feedback recipient can easily feel attacked, misunderstand what was said or draw the wrong conclusions.

When the culture factor is added to the equation, giving feedback can become significantly more complicated. For that reason, I’d like to give you some practical tips and strategies on how you can form your feedback in a constructive and internationally productive way.

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Practical strategies for successful collaboration in virtual international teams

According to a recent study, 67 percent of managers find that their virtual teams perform worse than comparable local teams. A mere ten percent of respondents attributed outstanding performance to their virtual work groups. Insights can be gleaned from both sides, which is why we looked more closely at practical examples and derived findings from them. Our article reveals how you can get your virtual international teams working at their true peak performance without sacrificing enjoyment in the actual tasks at hand.

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Dealing with employees in China

A high amount of personal interest in employees in China is not only a sign of a good leader, but it also brings about employees’ loyalty and willingness to perform. Find out in today’s blog post what you should keep in mind when dealing with Chinese employees.

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Hierarchy: Cultural differences

Experience has shown that dealing with hierarchy is one of the most important topics when it comes to work-related communication. Considered simply, there are two distinct styles worldwide with different advantages and disadvantages: a hierarchy-oriented style and a style with the flattest hierarchies possible. Our article reveals important background information on both. Continue reading

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Christmas worldwide

Christmas is celebrated on all continents, everywhere a little differently. In our last blog post of the year, we’d like to introduce you to how it’s celebrated in other cultures and how it may influence business life.

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