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French Waiter Cites Cultural Differences for Being Rude

French Waiter Cites Cultural Differences for Being Rude

The following incident provides a great case study for the influence of cultural differences.

Guillaume Rey, a French waiter, was sacked from his job in a Canadian restaurant for being ‘aggressive, rude and disrespectful’

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Israeli Chef Makes Etiquette Blunder with Dish Served to Japanese PM

Israeli Chef Makes Etiquette Blunder with Dish Served to Japanese PM

During a two-day visit to Israel last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended a meal created and served by celebrity chef Moshe Segev at Israeli PM Netenyahyus residence.

All was going well, and the meal proved to be outstanding until desert arrived, rather curiously, in a metal decorative shoe.

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Is Cultural Awareness a Skill?

Is Cultural Awareness a Skill?

A common misconception held by many is that cultural awareness is a skill you either have or you don't have, or, at the very least, is a skill that can be learned through training.

Well, this simply is not true.

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The Importance of Apologies in Japanese Culture

The Importance of Apologies in Japanese Culture

 

Did you know the Japanese have over 20 ways to say 'sorry'?

 

 

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Understanding the Arab Middle East - Identity, Culture and Values

Understanding the Arab Middle East - Identity, Culture and Values

As with any people, the Arabs look to the past for their sense of identity.

Arab history is tied to tribalism and the nomadic life of the desert.

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Self-Awareness is Key to Cultural Awareness

Self-Awareness is Key to Cultural Awareness

A common misconception people have of cultural awareness is that it’s about “the other”; that its main focus is learning about other people and how they do and don’t do things.

Although this is certainly part of it, cultural awareness also relies heavily on self-awareness.

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Three-steps: Understanding Culture when Marketing to the Hispanic and Latino community

Three-steps: Understanding Culture when Marketing to the Hispanic and Latino community

Did you know that the buying power of Hispanic consumers has increased  by 212%, to $1.5 trillian this decade (2010 -2020)? Hispanic now account for 1/6 of American consumers, making this community a valuable prospect. However, understanding the culture and potential cultural differences of these communities can make or break your marketing campaign.

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Podolski suffering football culture shock

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Culture shock is often referred to as the experience an exptriate or tourist travelling to a new country goes through. As Arsene Wenger has demonstrated, culture shock happens in many ways.

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Cyber Monday: Cultural Celebrations in December

Cyber Monday: Cultural Celebrations in December

It's Cyber Monday!  Xmas isn't the only part of December celebrations however, There are some fantastic celebrations taking place in other cultures and countries which are not widely known, but still deserve online retailers' attention.

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Afghan jokes on Cultural Differences

Afghan jokes on Cultural Differences

You wouldn't think war would bring out a people's sense of humour but, in Afghanistan, the cross-cultural interaction between locals and troops actually became the subject for of some very funny stories.

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Cultural tips to make Exporting to Japan and China a Success!

Cultural tips to make  Exporting to Japan and China a Success!

Do you export? AstraZeneca's Stuart Anderson offers some insights into the importance of understanding and adapting to the local culture in order to maximise success.

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Quirky Christmas Celebrations: Cultural Differences

Quirky Christmas Celebrations: Cultural Differences

In many Western cultures, the Christmas celebrations are more or less the same or thereabouts. The family gathers on Christmas Eve, a Christmas mass is possibly attended and presents are unwrapped. There are numerous cultures, however, that like their Christmas traditions a little less conventional…

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Civil Engineer helps Construction Industry Go Global

Civil Engineer helps Construction Industry Go Global

Ever thought of going global in the design and construction world? You might run into problems you didn’t expect to occur. Here are a few tips on how to realise your global ambitions as smooth as possible!

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Gamification and Cultural Differences

Gamification and Cultural Differences

Playing games at work? From the work floor to education, gamification is becoming more and more common in a lot of areas. But the practice isn’t as straightforward as it seems: cultural differences prevent game developers from distributing one single game for different countries. Want to know what should be done to these games to cross the globe? 

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Culture Training will not solve Racism in Football

Culture Training will not solve Racism in Football

It's 2021 and racism is still continues to rear it's ugly head in football. 

From comdemnation, to campaigns and zero tolerance in the stadiums, the FA is facing an unrelenting struggle. However, could culture training for foreign footballers contribute in part to the solution? The Football Association seems to think educating players on British culture can help get rid of the ugly side of the game. Neil Payne, Cultural Training Specialist, gives his reaction to this suggestion. 

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Cultural Intelligence helps Performance on the Work Floor

Cultural Intelligence helps Performance on the Work Floor

By overlooking the importance of intercultural training, companies do not get the most out of their employees. David Livmore is here to make us aware of the significance of knowing a bit more about  your co-workers’ cultures.

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Tesco close American stores due to Cultural Differences

Tesco close American stores due to Cultural Differences

Tesco has recently announced that their chain of American supermarkets, Fresh & Easy, will be closed entirely. The reason for this? Unexpected cultural differences.

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Christmas Food and Cultural Differences

Christmas Food and Cultural Differences

Different cultures have different food traditions, even at the Christmas table.

Fed up with the traditional Christmas roasts, pudding and chocolates? We have selected a number of food traditions that might inspire you to spice things up a bit this Christmas!

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Boston companies use Cultural Awareness to lure Chinese Tourists

Boston companies use Cultural Awareness to lure Chinese Tourists

As many Chinese tourists only pay a brief visit to the city, local Boston companies are now getting training to increase their appeal to this important group of visitors (and revenue stream).

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Is Anglo-Indian culture fading into oblivion?

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Even though modern-day society seems to become more intercultural every year, the opposite is true for the Anglo-Indian community where Western traditions and appearances meet those of the Indian subcontinent. The BBC recently looked at the fate of the Ango-Indian culture which offers a fascinating insight into this little known group.

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