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 […]


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 […]


Succeeding Together: The Team Level of Culture

Working together for success

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: […]


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 […]


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, […]


Introducing the Six Levels of Culture

There are six levels of culture.

Over the past 25 years, TMC has developed unique solutions to help individuals, teams and organizations develop cultural competence. The most critical step has been to create an understanding of culture as the key process that allows groups to adjust to new environments or different conditions. The essence of cultural competence, as TMC defines it, […]


What Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and How Can It Help You at Work?

Listening is a skill

Imagine a colleague approaches you at work. They tell you that they had a bit of trouble understanding the memo you sent out. As they speak, they hold direct eye contact and position their hands on their hips. How would you read this conversation? Is your colleague angry or just trying to be helpful? It […]


Making Open Workspaces Work

Open-plan office settings aren't ideal for all employees.

In organizations across the world, workplaces are becoming more open. It could be the spread of equality-oriented management styles, or the simple fact that real estate prices have soared worldwide. For whatever reason, in many different types of organizations, employees’ desks are assembled in large, open rooms, with colleagues only separated by chest-high barriers. In […]


Using the Six Levels of Culture Model in Managing Diverse Teams


Using the Six Levels of Culture Model can help support business leaders’ ongoing awareness of their teams’ diversity and help them enhance communication and efficiency with their team members. The Six Levels of Culture are: National/Societal: This level deals with awareness of cultural dynamics and patterns by nationality. It is particularly relevant for (a) entering […]


Five Steps to Better Delegating


These are busy days for managers in the workplace, as companies try to maximize their limited resources by hiring fewer people and asking for employees to work harder. Many managers want to complete tasks themselves for the purpose of quality control. But in reality, delegating is a better way to ensure a task is done […]