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Global Packaging Company Benefits from Intercultural Training

Global Packaging Company Benefits from Intercultural Training

You might think cultural training is only useful for people and businesses that are associated with global business - for example, international sales teams or global managers. You would be wrong! Raising cultural awareness is useful for everyone and anyone. 

Below we highlight this by using a case study of  the impact of culture on the packaging industry.

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British Culture Linked to Low Cancer Survival Rates in the UK

British Culture Linked to Low Cancer Survival Rates in the UK

It is well a known fact that a very British cultural trait is to keep yourself to yourself and not to bother others or cause them inconvenience. The "stiff upper lip" as it is sometimes known. Research suggests that this might be the reason why the UK cancer survival rate is one of Europe’s lowest.

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Chinese Etiquette School based on British Manners

Chinese Etiquette School based on British Manners

After decades of spitting, burping and littering, China seems to be ready for an Etiquette Revolution! And how are they overthrowing behaviours that might be considered 'bad manners' elsewhere? With a touch of good ole fashioned British courtesies.

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Culture, Creativity and the Competitive Advantage

Culture, Creativity and the Competitive Advantage

From companies to government institutions, managers are now realising that innovation and creativity is the way to make money and positively evolve. Soren Peterson has investigated what creative professionals believe are the ingredients for a booming creative economy.

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Culture and its relation to Per Capita Income

Culture and its relation to Per Capita Income

Do you question how important culture is to our daily lives? Well many do. In reality however culture is at play moulding the world around us every minute of every day; sometimes in ways we don't understand. New research by Romain Wacziarg suggests country’s income per capita is actually closely related to the its culture.

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Drilling for Cultural Fuel - An Exceptional Case!

Drilling for Cultural Fuel - An Exceptional Case!

As a training consultant, one of the best aspects of my work is seeing how different industries approach employee training. I'm lucky, I get to meet HR, L&D and Training Managers from across industries and businesses and to them about their work. In my last visit to Paris, I was blown over by the proactivity and dedication to training by a natural resources company. 

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Global Mobility Trends and Expatriate Relocation

Global Mobility Trends and Expatriate Relocation

Weichert Relocation specialists, provide essential insights into international relocations and personnel movement with their whitepaper “Current Global Workforce Mobility Trends”. 

As online cultural awareness training providers, whitepapers such as these are essential to helping us ensure our expatriate cultural training programmes meet the needs of relocating staff. As such, we're a big fan of well written papers, and this one certainly ticks all the boxes.

Below, we've shared some the key findings: 

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U.S. Companies struggle with German Cultural Differences

U.S. Companies struggle with German Cultural Differences

Doing business internationally can be exciting and fulfilling. It can also present opportunities to learn new approaches to the workplace. 

However, it's not always a bed of roses as American companies starting up in Germany seem to be finding out.

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Culture at Work - The Value of Intercultural Skills

Culture at Work - The Value of Intercultural Skills

A report undertaken by Ipsos called "Culture at Work" throws some interesting light on intercultural skills in the international workplace.

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Cultural Differences essential for Food and Drink Exporters

Cultural Differences essential for Food and Drink Exporters

Exporting food? Beware of cultural differences and always carry out research on consumer, retail and shopping habits say the experts.

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Cultural Awareness Training Brochure

Cultural Awareness Training Brochure

Interested in cultural awareness training? We have just released our annual business training brochure for courses with a cultural twist!

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Work across Cultures? You need Global Dexterity

Work across Cultures? You need Global Dexterity

You can read as many books about cultural awareness as you like; you will only become successful when working with other cultures when you put your knowledge into action.

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Shopping, Global Retail and Local Culture

Shopping, Global Retail and Local Culture

Have you ever thought about the link between culture and retail? One of the first things I like to do when I go into a different country is go check out the local supermarket.

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How Cultural Perspective impacts Global Mergers and Acquisitions

How Cultural Perspective impacts Global Mergers and Acquisitions

Different perspectives = different priorities. This is true of anything in life and especially in global business.

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Active Listening: Cross-Cultural Business Communication Skills

Active Listening: Cross-Cultural Business Communication Skills

Active listening is a communication skill crucial to doing cross-cultural business.

As a skill, it requires the listener to become attuned with the speaker in order to confirm what they have heard and moreover, to confirm the understanding of both parties.

This active engagement may differ across cultures...

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Online Retail: Cultural Differences in e-Commerce and e-Retail

Online Retail: Cultural Differences in e-Commerce and e-Retail

As the retail market continues to suffer under the crippling effects of the current financial crisis, retailers (especially in the UK) are turning to new strategies to expand their businesses - export and international sales through online commerce.

How many though have considered the impact of cultural differences on the chances of their success?

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Culture Awareness and Cross Cultural Understanding

Culture Awareness and Cross Cultural Understanding

According to culture awareness expert Andy Molinsky, 'global dexterity' is key to successful cross-cultural understanding. Awareness of culture and cross cultural differences are increasingly important in our global economy; Molinsky explains more in an interview with Forbes.

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Business in Ghana: “There’s no food for a lazy man”

Business in Ghana: “There’s no food for a lazy man”

“There’s no food for a lazy man” is a common saying displayed all over Accra, and one I happened to hear today on my first day in Ghana. Many of these proverbs beautifully illustrate the values of Ghanain people. 

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Business Etiquette in Ghana

Business Etiquette in Ghana

Based on my experiences of organising business meetings in Ghana, of which I wrote about in yesterday's blog post, I am going to elaborate on business etiquette in general, with the hope to give a few more insights, explanations and tips for doing business in Ghana.

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Cultural Dexterity: The Key to Business Success in Ghana

Cultural Dexterity: The Key to Business Success in Ghana

All week, in Ghana, we have reached out to a broad spectrum of successful  Ghanaian businessmen to help determine how they have managed to attain success.  Our meetings focused on hearing their experiences, their challenges, as well as their formula for breaking out of the crowd.

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