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 […]

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Developing a Global Mindset

Global business

In this day and age, marketplaces are becoming more and more globalized, and there is rapid international expansion in every sector. This means today’s business leaders need to be ready to work and interact with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Traditionally, business leaders operating in more familiar zones knew what to expect of […]

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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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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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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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Virtual Team Successes and Stresses – A Case Study

Virtual Team Successes and Stresses

Virtual teaming, that is, working on teams whose members are not present in the same location, is a fact of our modern, globalized business world. Virtual (or diverse and dispersed) teams are prevalent not only in multinational companies with offices in different countries, but also in academic and non-governmental institutions with bases across the world. […]

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How Important Is Global Acumen?

Global acumen is an important precursor to cultural competence

For many years, the development of global acumen primarily focused on people in an organization’s home country who needed to better understand the few countries in which their company operated. But today, when it is common for an organization to conduct up to 80 percent of its business outside the country that houses the central […]

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Are You Ready for Change?

Change management is important in companies today.

Changing times mean changing companies. With organizations gaining broader global reach, and with talent pools becoming ever more diverse, companies are looking at major changes in their employee bases, and how those employees are recruited and on-boarded. Diversity is a must in the modern business world. Still, whether a company is diversifying its employee base […]

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Tailoring Strategies to Each Generation

Generations at work

As companies look to maximize their business performance, they need focus first on their employees. That means attracting the right talent from the beginning, developing their staff once they bring them on, and coming up with strategies to keep them on board in the future. However, every company should make sure they tailor their recruiting, […]

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What are Diversity Councils?

Many organizations are creating diversity councils.

Diversity in the modern, globalized working world is the norm. Today, more and more companies are trying to find ways to diversify their employee bases to better represent the general population. After all, a diverse talent pool leads to more dynamic and creative teams that can better connect with partners and clientele. To create and […]

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