Tag Archives: Cross-cultural Training

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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Negotiations in China: Part 2

The Chinese have an international reputation of being hard negotiation partners. In this second part of our series, find out where this reputation comes from, what negotiation tactics your Chinese partners will tend to use and how to handle them … Continue reading

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Negotiations in China: Part 1

Business practices can differ depending on cultural regions, and this is especially true with negotiations. Different communication and negotiation styles can cause misunderstandings that, in the worst case, can lead to the termination of your business relationships. To prevent this … Continue reading

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The image of Germany abroad

According to a global study run by the GfK market-research institute, Germany enjoys a particularly high degree of respect throughout the world. What’s more, in many countries German qualities count as exemplary. So what exactly makes something “typically German”, what’s … Continue reading

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Decision-making in South Africa

South Africa – most people initially think about Cape Town, heat and wild animals. But did you also know that South Africa has evolved into one of the most important industrialized nations on the continent? In today’s blog post, we’d … Continue reading

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Proper names and forms of address in Russia

Names are extremely important in Russia. Even with simple greetings such as “Good afternoon” or “Good morning”, when people’s names are known, those names are usually mentioned. Read in today’s blog post about what should be kept in mind when … Continue reading

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Italian etiquette: Dealing with rules

“Italians don’t follow rules, and they’re always late.” Maybe you’ve run across this statement yourself. But what can this perception be attributed to, and what’s behind it? In today’s blog post, we’d like to address this issue and explain how … Continue reading

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