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.

Know-how for expats in Mexico

For several years now, Mexico has been an increasingly popular destination for expats. A lot of them end up in major hubs such as Mexico City, Querétaro and Puebla. People on assignment there are often confronted with the country’s cultural peculiarities not only in business situations, but also in everyday life. In today’s blog post, you’ll find out what you need to keep in mind as an expat in Mexico. Continue reading

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Greetings in Japan

There are a few communication fundamentals that need to be kept in mind in the Land of the Rising Sun. In today’s blog post, you’ll learn whether you should bow when meeting Japanese business partners and what needs to be taken into consideration when it comes to Japanese first and last names. Continue reading

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Czech Republic: Business meetings

Meetings play an important role in the Czech business world. In today’s blog post, you’ll learn the similarities and differences between the German and Czech meeting cultures, as well as what to expect when you’re invited to lunch or dinner. Continue reading

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India: Business and religion

In India, a colorful variety of confessions exist side by side – a blend of beliefs, superstitions and spirituality. Since this religious world differs starkly from that of the West, and since it can exert a powerful influence on business life, you should be prepared for it. Continue reading

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Management in the Arab world

What’s expected from a “good” manager in the Arab world? Why is networking important for managers? And why should invitations often be expressed three times? We’ll answer these questions and more for you in our first blog post of the year. Continue reading

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Christmas in Italian: Buon Natale!

Like every year, in our last blog post of the year, we’d like to take this time to address the topic of Christmas. This time we decided to give you a little information about Italian Christmas traditions. Enjoy the article! 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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Proper [in]direct communication

As you surely know from your own surroundings, certain people communicate more directly than others. These people don’t mind telling you their opinions openly and honestly, regardless of whether you’ll take it positively or negatively. On the other hand, you certainly also know people who tend to communicate more tactfully and thus place more value on the way things are said. From a global perspective, individual countries usually lean more toward one of these forms of communication than the other. Continue reading

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