Pre-Departure Checklist


Departing for an international assignment can be an exciting – and nerve-wracking – experience. There are many things to prepare for, especially taking into consideration the linguistic and cultural differences in the host country. However, there are practicalities to take into account too. The below list addresses the practical matters you will need to take […]


Collaboration & the Cultural Orientations Model

COM Wheel

Collaboration is part of most modern jobs. At some point, almost every employee and leader will be working as part of a team, and chances are, that team will be made up of people from different cultural backgrounds. Building a collaborative mindset among team members is essential for smooth functioning. Team leaders should take certain […]


How Diversity & Inclusion is Relevant to all Organizations

Many organizations are creating diversity councils.

The first problem for Diversity & Inclusion initiatives outside of the West is that the terms “diversity” and “inclusion” do not translate cleanly into many languages, meaning that many leaders and employees cannot absorb the terms. In simple terms, diversity refers to variance and variability from a cultural norm. In organizational terms, diversity refers to […]


Are All Stereotypes Bad?

Stereotypse vs Generalizations

The modern working world is increasingly diverse, and in situations where diversity prevails, people can sometimes fall back on inaccurate assumptions about others. This is where the difference between stereotypes and generalizations comes in. According to our definition here at TMC-Berlitz, stereotypes are judgmental beliefs about a group or members of a group and are […]


An Overview Of Development Methods

Employee Development

When organizations put effort into developing their talent, they are not just providing employees with skills they can use on the job; they are showing their workforce that they are a valued part of the organization and that they deserve investment. This increases employee engagement and satisfaction, leading to better returns for the organization as […]


A Delegator’s Troubleshooting Guide

Listening is a skill

Delegating tasks is one of the most efficient ways managers can ease their burden and also involve employees in important organizational work. While it is usually out of necessity that managers pass work on to their employees, those employees on the receiving end tend to feel a greater sense of responsibility and engagement – which […]


Why Is Diversity So Hard To Achieve?

Diversity and Inclusion

With increasing demands on global companies for responsiveness, adaptability, innovation, speed and responsible corporate citizenship, organizations cannot afford to dismiss the potential benefits of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). D&I pushes the limits of both personal and organizational biases to help individuals and companies realize their full potential. However, bringing D&I to an organization can initially […]


A Business Case for Diversity

Diversity pays off!

Today’s workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, with employees and leaders coming from different backgrounds and with different levels of ability. Many leaders know that diversity is becoming the norm, but do not necessarily pursue or embrace it. Some leaders even treat diversity as simply a legal requirement forced on them by national quotas and fail […]


Affinity Teams Go Global

Affinity Teams

Today’s globalized business world is highly diverse, with people from myriad different backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, linguistic, generational and gender-based. Companies are seeing more diverse employees, partners and leaders, not to mention more diverse clients and potential markets. Considering how diverse so many companies are, many employees and organizational leaders still have a way to […]


Culture and Communicating Clearly

Multi ethnic business people

Culture and frame of reference directly influence people’s communication style, from how they phrase messages, to how they deliver criticism and feedback, to how close they prefer to stand to their interlocutors while talking. By understanding your own communication preferences, you can learn about those of others. Then you can decide how to best communicate […]