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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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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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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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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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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Cross-Cultural Communication

Cross-cultural communication

Being able to communicate across cultures is an essential skill in today’s business world. However, it’s something that many leaders take for granted. But as business is above all built on relationships, successful and respectful communication is the cornerstone. Yet finding the best way to communicate with colleagues and partners can be daunting, considering the […]

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Going Below The Surface In International Assignments

iceberg

We often use the analogy of an iceberg when we talk about culture. The proverbial “tip of the iceberg” symbolizes the observable behaviors in a culture as well as the things you can see, hear and touch, such as the way people dress, the language they use, the food they eat, the music they play, […]

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Learning to Communicate Abroad

communicating abroad

One of the biggest fears professionals have in traveling for work is how to communicate with their colleagues, employees and prospective partners abroad. In addition to teaching vocal and visual communication skills to employees on their way to international assignments, we at Berlitz|TMC also train them on how to persuade audiences, how get buy-in from […]

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