Connecting In The Global Workplace: The National Level of Culture

National cultures

Many think of culture as a singular phenomenon that varies only across geographical barriers. However, we acknowledge that culture exists on six distinct levels, and that taking these levels into account can help individuals adjust to different cultural surroundings as they encounter them at work, at home and abroad. The six levels of culture are: […]

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Your Unique Self: The Individual Level of Culture

Understanding the individual level of culture.

Many think of culture as a singular phenomenon that varies only across geographical barriers. However, we at TMC acknowledge that culture exists on six distinct levels, and that taking these levels into account can help individuals adjust to different cultural surroundings as they encounter them at work, at home and abroad. The six levels of […]

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Reducing Virtual Distances

virtual teams

In the modern, global workplace, a large percentage of business is conducted virtually. While employing virtual, or diverse and dispersed, teams can increase efficiency and the speed of business, there are many challenges when teams communicate virtually. Let’s start by defining what a virtual team is. A virtual team is an inter-dependent group of people […]

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Where You Belong: Identity Group Culture

Identity group at work.

Many think of culture as a singular phenomenon that varies only across geographical barriers. However, we acknowledge that culture exists on six distinct levels, and that taking these levels into account can help individuals adjust to different cultural surroundings as they encounter them at work, at home and abroad. The six levels of culture are: […]

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Collaborating Across Departments: The Functional Level of Culture

Collaborating Across Departments: The Functional Level of Culture

Many think of culture as a singular phenomenon that varies only across geographical barriers. However, we acknowledge that culture exists on six distinct levels, and that taking these levels into account can help individuals adjust to different cultural surroundings as they encounter them at work, at home and abroad. The six levels of culture are: […]

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Five Keys For A Successful International Assignment

International assignment

International assignment can be an extremely exciting – and challenging – period for those heading abroad. The good news is that preparing for the assignment can ease the transition for assignees and their families, and help guarantee success. The needs of each international assignee vary, but there are some basics that you should address before […]

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Five Ways To Build Trust From A Distance

How to build trust from a distance

These days, organizations are becoming more global, and with globalization comes the emergence of more diverse and dispersed teams. While many organizations rely heavily on diverse and dispersed teams, also called virtual teams, they have to overcome barriers related to different time zones, technologies, languages and cultures. The best way to improve the coherence and […]

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Coaching and the Cultural Orientations Model

Coaching employees has great payoffs.

Coaching employees is essential to making sure they feel valued. Managers who coach their employees are not only ensuring that they have the skills they need to work, but are also showing that they are willing to invest in them, which has high payoffs. Indeed, employees who receive training and coaching from their companies report […]

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How Important Is The Past?

Looking to the past for ideas

Moving abroad for work can be an extremely exciting – and informative – experience for both the international assignee and their family. However, amid all the planning – finding a place to live, arranging for school for the children, learning about the transport system and currency – there is one thing many international assignees overlook: […]

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Beyond Language: Communication Across Cultures

Communicating Across Cultures

One thing that many people first assume when starting their journey toward cultural competence is that language is the only element of communication. However, communication depends highly on cultural preferences, specifically the interaction style preferences. Communication varies so much by culture, it is just as important to learn about a person’s interaction style as it […]

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