Blogs for Culture Vultures

Describing 'Culture' With 5 Images

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What would you draw to illustrate the meaning of 'culture'?

This is a little exercise we commonly use in cultural awareness training courses to get people thinking about how culture works.

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Sabai: Understanding Thai Business Culture Through its Values

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Foreigners working in Thailand can misunderstand the local culture in many ways.

Thais tend to be judged against values and standards that are alien to them which leads to their behaviours and actions being seen incorrectly.

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3 Reasons Why Cultural Awareness Training is Essential to Success

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Does Cultural Awareness training work?

Will investing in such training really offer any sort of ROI and help your staff?

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Why Do Cultures Exist?

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Where did 'culture' come from? What does 'culture' do?

In order to get to heart of cultural difference, you need to understand what culture is, how it works and why it exists.

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How Do Cultural Differences Affect International Business?

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Culture is a complex thing.

It affects everything we do from the way we raise our kids to the way we do business.

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10 Cultural Differences Between Japanese and Western Workplaces

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Working with the Japanese in a professional capacity can be tough.

For some cultures, such as for Americans, Canadians, Germans, Australians and British, the Japanese culture can seem a little alien.

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3 Real-life Examples of Cultural Misunderstandings in Business

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Need examples of cultural misunderstandings in business?

In this blog, we are going to share real-life examples of cultural misunderstandings from our cross-cultural training work.

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Western Cultures More Likely to Sacrifice Individuals Finds New Research

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Would you sacrifice one life to save many?

This is the question researchers posed to people around the world, gaining some fascinating insights into values, beliefs and cultural differences.

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Practical Tips on Business Meetings in Chinese Culture

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Doing business in China? Then you'll be attending lots of meetings!

If you’re attending meetings in China, then it’s important to understand a little about Chinese culture and how meetings are run.

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The Powerful Impact of Culture on your Export Success

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Over the past 15 years a continuous theme, which has never ceased to amaze us, has been the way in which businesses significantly underestimate the impact of cultural differences.

It typically takes something to go wrong before stakeholders take notice.

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How Can I License Cultural Awareness Content?

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Evey company working on the international stage needs to prepare their staff with the skills and knowledge to work across cultures.

Where online cultural training is not an option, then it’s essential to provide staff with easily accessible, bitesize, digestible materials.

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What is an Example of Cultural Differences in Business?

What is an Example of Cultural Differences in Business?

There is no better way to understand the impact of cultural differences upon business than to look at real-life examples.

No matter what business, sector or market you are in, if you deal with people from different cultures, then cultural difference is going to impact what you do somewhere, somehow.

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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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What Can Google Search Teach Us About UAE Culture?

What Can Google Search Teach Us About UAE Culture?

Google Search Engine data provides a fantastic window into the cultures of different countries by giving us an insight into online searches.

By understanding what people within that country or culture are searching for, we can start to appreciate the topics and concerns that bind them together.

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The Essential Guide to Blended Learning in Cultural Competence Training

The Essential Guide to Blended Learning in Cultural Competence Training

The training world is evolving at an incredible pace.

Indeed, discussions of blended learning by L&D professionals have quickly moved beyond ‘why do we need it?’ to ‘how do we do it?’

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The Cultural Lens

The Cultural Lens

Self-awareness is fundamental in raising cultural competence.

If you are unable to understand yourself, it will be difficult to understand another.

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Why is Cultural Awareness Important?

Why is Cultural Awareness Important?

Why focus on culture?

When working across different cultures it's critical that you understand the rules and cultural expectations of others.

If you don't, you can make mistakes. These mistakes can be harmless, or, they can be very serious.

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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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Fighting Witchcraft in Saudi Arabia

Fighting Witchcraft in Saudi Arabia

For many Western cultures, witches are an innocuous subject.

Long gone are the days where innocent women were dragged from their homes to be burned at the stake.

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Does Living in a Multicultural Environment Give You Cross Cultural Skills?

Does Living in a Multicultural Environment Give You Cross Cultural Skills?

As cross-cultural training specialists, we sometimes come across resistance from delegates who have been obligated to attend a cultural awareness session by their boss, HR or the Learning and Development department.

Resistance may stem from many factors, not least of which may be that the benefits and background to the training course have not been fully communicated.

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