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Cross-Cultural Tips for Remote and Virtual Teams

Cross-Cultural Tips for Remote and Virtual Teams

 

With the fall out of Coronavirus making itself known on a grand scale, it's fair to say that the development of competent remote and virtual teams is now a big priority for most training departments. 

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10 Common Cultural Differences when Working with Americans

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Depending on your own culture, working with Americans can be challenging.

When delivering cross-cultural training we get to hear many of the challenges facing professionals when working in the USA or with Americans remotely.

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A Great New Book on Cross Cultural Communication

A Great New Book on Cross Cultural Communication

Working with people from different cultures is becoming increasingly more common; however it can also give rise to challenges. Thankfully, Erin Meyer has recently published a book that provides a framework on how different cultures across the globe view communication at work.

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Cultural Diversity Makes You Smarter

Cultural Diversity Makes You Smarter

Being surrounded by other cultures can bring a great deal of benefits: new research has shown that living in a culturally diverse community can even make you smarter!

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Seeking Future African Cross Cultural Trainers

Seeking Future African Cross Cultural Trainers

Global Training Manager, Caroline, gives some insight into an upcoming train-the-trainer course for business professionals looking to become cultural awareness trainers and coaches.

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New Management Book on How to Deal with Different Cultures

New Management Book on How to Deal with Different Cultures

Recently, expert on global leadership, Erin Meyer, published a new book that aims to help managers lead global teams. By using an eight-scale framework, team leaders can guide their teams to a more effective method of working.

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Cultural Awareness Training helps US Army Cadets Build Bridges

Cultural Awareness Training helps US Army Cadets Build Bridges

Cultural awareness is important in today's day and age. Businesses, government bodies, the third sector and public services all realise the need to understand and embrace cultural diversity at many levels. The military is no exception; as illustrated by the US Army, cultural awareness training is reaping rewards.

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Workplace Bullying & Cultural Differences

Workplace Bullying & Cultural Differences

According to a new global study about workplace bullying, bullying bosses are more accepted in Anglo countries such as the U.S. or the U.K than they are in many other countries. The study was recently published in the Journal or Business Research and is co-authored by Nikos Bozionelos, who is a Professor at the Audencia Nantes School of Management. The research also revealed that the kindest bosses reside in Latin America.

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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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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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Leadership and Management: Is the West Killing Local Arab Culture and Values?

Leadership and Management: Is the West Killing Local Arab Culture and Values?

Has the adoption of western education, management and leadership paradigms killed off local and national management styles across the world? Voices in the UAE are claiming this is unhealthy and unsustainable as foreign principles can never 100% fit in with local cultural needs.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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