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Watching Cultural Differences at the Airport

Watching Cultural Differences at the Airport

Chances are you have been to an airport at least once in your life: thus, the fact that airports can be characterised as culturally diverse places is probably nothing new to you. Of course, airport staff should be prepared to cope with people from all over the world. But how should they handle all these different cultures?

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My Talk on German Culture at UKTI Event on Doing Business in Germany

My Talk on German Culture at UKTI Event on Doing Business in Germany

In January 2014 I participated at the event ‘Doing Business in Germany’ hosted by UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) in Bristol. This event was held due to the upcoming German trade fair Hannover Messe and CeBIT to enable UK businesses to see the export opportunities available.

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So Sochi: Spotlight on Russian Culture

So Sochi: Spotlight on Russian Culture

The winter Olympics have just started in Sochi and Russia expects a lot from it as the Olympic Games always represent the opportunity to shine in the world. The international attention that this event draws to 'the Motherland' will be an excellent opportunity to share some of its culture.

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Musings from the 2014 Corporate Relocation Conference & Exhibition

Musings from the 2014 Corporate Relocation Conference & Exhibition

The 18th annual Corporate Relocation Conference and Exhibition took place on the 3rd of February this year, in London. We attended the conference to gain further insight about the latest discussions in the field of global mobility.

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The Link Between Cultural Conflicts and Workplace Creativity

The Link Between Cultural Conflicts and Workplace Creativity

Conflicts are never beneficial for a working environment – cultural conflicts are one of many challenges that need to be avoided at all costs.

A recent study, however, revealed that avoiding cultural clashes in the workplace does not only result in a more peaceful environment, but can aid the creative process within companies as well.

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When Cultural Ignorance becomes a Costly Mess

When Cultural Ignorance becomes a Costly Mess

Have you heard those nightmare stories of foreigners working abroad and causing offence?

Well, strap yourself in because this is one hell of a tale!

Case studies from real business life are always the most powerful of ways to highlight the importance of local knowledge and cultural awareness for those operating in foreign countries.

Often ignored or undervalued, this lack of sensitivity can sometimes have messy outcomes.

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Cultural Awareness Lessons Learnt Living Abroad

Cultural Awareness Lessons Learnt Living Abroad

Students and graduates, pack your bags! Studying or working abroad is not only an experience of a lifetime, the lessons you learn when you spend time in another country might benefit you later in life as well. Fiona Timba explains why every UK citizen should exchange the British Isles for the European main land once in their lives.

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Putting the People Back into Global Mobility

Putting the People Back into Global Mobility

Most of the reputable global relocation companies conduct annual surveys whereby they gather data on global mobility trends in international companies. Plus Relocation – a company operating in corporate relocation for the past 40 years, just published the results of their Planning for International Mobility Survey.

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Cultural Awareness and Maps: How to Offend a Nation in One Map

Cultural Awareness and Maps: How to Offend a Nation in One Map

Maps are a great source of information – but they can also become points of contention as maps, by their very nature, draw political, cultural and historical boundaries. When these boundaries are incorrect it can lead to negative consequences.

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Understanding the Culture is Key to Successful Business in India

Understanding the Culture is Key to Successful Business in India

Global Real Estate advisor Jones Lang LaSalle have carried out some research into the difficulties that can be encountered by western companies when they enter the Indian market.

The result? Cultural differences are a major obstacle.

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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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Cultural Awareness Key to Global Ecommerce Marketing

Cultural Awareness Key to Global Ecommerce Marketing

E-commerce companies that wish to go international need to focus on cultural awareness as part of their global marketing and sales strategies. Not enough companies are applying localisation at every level, leaving gaps in their global goals.

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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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Cultural Differences in Raising Children

Cultural Differences in Raising Children

We focus a lot on this website about cultural differences in business; however for us it's all about culture and understanding that culture influences who we are and what we do. Only when you understand your own "self" and the cultural programming your have received, can you move towards understanding the "other".

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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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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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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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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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Communication Skills and Cultural Differences Self-Study Guide

Communication Skills and Cultural Differences Self-Study Guide

Want to improve your people skills? Need to train staff in communication skills? Looking to overcome barriers to communication at work? Dealing with cultural diversity? If the answer is yes to any of these then why not download our free guide to cultural awareness?

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