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Ghanaian Business Culture: Ghana Maybe Time

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During these past four days in Accra, we have often been asked what we make of Ghana – the culture, people, food, etc. It’s been an exciting and eye opening 4 days. Interestingly, one of the most surprising factors have been the traffic jams during rush hour and the extent to which these influence timeliness – we have experienced this ourselves on most days, so to avoid unnecessary frustrations, I have had to surrender to the traffic and simply go with the flow (and try not to inhale too many fumes!).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Employers want Intercultural Skills finds Ipsos report

Employers want Intercultural Skills finds Ipsos report
A new report from Ipsos finds that businesses need and want people with intercultual skills. John Worne agrees, stressing the importance of knowing your foreign languages and being culturally aware as a company.
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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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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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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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