Blogs for Culture Vultures

4 Cultural Reasons Why Global Virtual Teams Fail

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Global virtual teams are nothing new.

However, they are predicted to become increasingly common due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Essential Guide to Indian Business Etiquette

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Manners mean a lot in Indian culture.

If you’re new to working with Indians, or planning on a business trip to India, it’s crucial you brush up on your etiquette.

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Why is Relationship Building so Important in Indonesian Business Culture?

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Ask a business with a successful  presence in Indonesia the secret of their success, it’s unlikely they would cite their amazing product or service as the reason.

Although a great product or service is an essential factor in business success for any company expanding overseas, the essential ingredient for success in Indonesia sits firmly upon the ability of individuals to navigate and harness Indonesian culture.

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How to Navigate Cultural Differences and Become a Successful Virtual Team Leader

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The recent surge of staff working from home has turned many leaders into ‘virtual’ leaders overnight.

In an environment where global collaboration tools are increasingly accessible, leaders are less likely to report technology as the biggest challenge.

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The Importance of Reciprocity in Chinese Business Culture

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Do you work with the Chinese?

If so, then there are some fundamental cultural concepts you need to be aware of.

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6 Cultural Differences Every Great Manager Needs to Know About

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Managing people from different cultures can be a challenge.

Different viewpoints, needs and expectations can manifest in many ways within multicultural teams.

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What’s the British Communication Style?

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If you want to communicate productively with British colleagues and customers, then it’s important to understand the UK communication style.

This will help you to make a good impression and deliver your message in a way that gets the outcomes you need.

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5 Dos and Dont's of USA Email Etiquette

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Since email etiquette varies greatly across cultures, it can be hit and miss if you don’t understand the expectations of the people you are emailing.

Being unaware of the social cues or cultural norms of your recipient puts you at risk of miscommunicating or causing offense.

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3 Bite-Sized Steps to Cultural Competence

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In this blog, we’re looking at how to become more culturally competent.

What steps can we take in order to work with people from other countries and cultures more effectively?

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Cultural Differences between The U.S. and Saudi Arabia in Business

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If you’re American and new to doing business with Saudis, then this blog is for you.

In it we will give you a quick-fire overview of some of the most common challenges faced by the two cultures when doing business.

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What Does ‘Cultural Awareness’ Mean?

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In this blog, we’re looking at the definition of cultural awareness.

Within the training, education and research fields you will hear many terms, sometimes used interchangeably.

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What is the Japanese Negotiation Style?

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The Japanese culture can be tricky to understand.

The people have particular ways of doing things, polished over hundreds of years of history, that seem peculiar to the outsider.

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Hierarchy and South Korean Culture

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Could South Korea’s hierarchical culture have caused planes to crash?

If you work or do business with South Koreans, you really need to understand hierarchy.

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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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How to Deal with 'No' in Chinese Communication Culture

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Do you work with the Chinese?

A common challenge many foreigners come across is how to handle the word ‘no’.

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5 Weird Things Americans Do

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Every country has its quirks, right?

Well, the Land of Hope and Freedom is no different.

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Lèse-majesté: A Cultural Faux Pas and Criminal Offence

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When you’re doing business abroad, it’s critical to understand some of the dos and don’ts.

In this blog, we’re going to look at area we often cover in cross cultural training, lèse-majesté.

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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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