People doing business internationally, working abroad, business travellers, expats, coaches & consultants and all fans of crosscultural communication: this blog is for you! Read about doing global business successfully, international careers, countries and cultures – written by our experts and guest authors from around the world.
American culture was born out of entrepreneurship. It attracts those risk takers and innovators from Europe who bring to us cultural aspects and ideas. Follow a conversation about cultural skills for entrepreneurs in the USA between Lisa Patti, who is working with international startups on how to make an impact in a new culture, and Floor Bergshoeff, who supports European companies starting their business in the US market.
International Email Communication shrinks the distance that global work brings. However, intercultural differences can amplify the risk and the impact of misunderstandings. Let’s look at five major pitfalls when communicating across cultures by email.
When you move to a new place, the world opens up. It’s like all of a sudden, everything is possible, and everyone is a potential new friend. But it takes a new set of skills to learn how to satisfy this need for belonging when you become an expat.
The areas affected by reverse culture shock are complex and often beyond our awareness. And we sometimes lack the vocabulary to describe our emotional chaos and name our pain points. Wiebke Homborg explains to us the underestimated challenges of repatriation.
The decision to take an overseas career is not one that should be taken lightly. You have to take into consideration your current employment, your spouse’s employment, the living and working conditions in a foreign country, and what you would need to do to actually work there. To successfully plan an overseas career, you should carefully consider all the pros and cons of working abroad.
Many expats won’t be able to return home for Christmas this year. Despite everyone putting on a brave face, it’s still tough for expats and their families back home not to have the Christmas together they were hoping for. So how do you cope when stuck abroad at Christmas?
Do you know the 5 global skills clusters that people increasingly recognize as crucial for their success in the workplace and society at large? If not, find out now!
With a mix of a few solid goals in mind and some unforeseen challenges, my wife and I moved to Portugal where I finally started my own business and fulfilled a true life goal.
Negotiations in Southeast Asia are likely to take a circular course. And if an agreement is finally reached, the signed contract can only be seen as a temporary result. Follow these 10 tips to seal the deal in the Southeast Asian way!
In this recorded webinar, crossculture2go Coach Renata Urban and her special guest Rose Sager, the Trade Representative at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, provide examples and practical applications of intercultural communication concepts for successfully doing business in the Middle East.
Tuesday, 9 a.m., your boss asks you to come into his office. He smiles at you and says: “Congratulations! You are our new Global Head of Purchasing”. Don’t panic. If you think your new position as a global leader sounds very fancy, but wonder if you are at all prepared to do a great job – Bravo! You are starting pretty well!
Since Germans are such productive, punctual, and direct business people, US Americans often assume that doing business with Germans is going to be a walk in the park. Yet, there are many cultural differences that can derail a US American-German merger, such as the Daimler Chrysler story, or render US American market entry strategies and negotiations unsuccessful.
A new study shows: contextual diversity increases performance in remote global teams. However, you need different nationalities on the team for a higher contextual diversity, which ultimately results in more personal diversity. Therefore, challenges caused by differences in cultural background, age, language, skills, and values need to be managed well to reap the benefits.
Differing expectations of how talks should be conducted ultimately lead to irreconcilable differences in international negotiations. Both sides meet with a fixed mindset shaped by their own business culture. At the same time, globalised business life often feels like we all act in a single, worldwide English speaking culture. How can we make international negotiations more successful?
Those with cultural intelligence know how to strategically use cultural differences to come up with more innovative solutions, says crossculture2go Coach Anita Sachdev, presenting a real-life example.
To connect and interact meaningfully across borders, a deep dive into the global cultural mindset is required. crossculture2go Coach Anita Sachdev shares with us why developing global talent is non-negotiable.
crossculture2go Coach Kevin Corrigan takes a look at some of the main considerations when preparing business presentations for global audiences.
Csaba Toth, developer of the multi award-winning assessment tool Global DISC™, talks about authentoxicity, one of the purest and most unnoticed forms of fixed mindset.
Csaba Toth, developer of the multi award-winning assessment tool Global DISC™, shares with us his thoughts on task-conflicts versus relationship conflicts.
crossculture2go Coach Victoria Rennoldson believes Business English ultimately is part of your toolkit enabling you to fully develop your global career without feeling limited by your communication ability.
Too many people are not aware of the fact that career coaching can be very beneficial for their professional growth. If you would like to pursue a successful international career, then career coaching is definitely something worth considering. Here is why!
Why we need both, in national and international business – when prospecting, negotiating, persuading, scheduling, agreeing & disagreeing, decision making, problem solving, giving feedback, leading & motivating, building trust & relationships, and many other areas of importance.
crossculture2go coach Renata Urban says, she can instantly feel her eyebrows move up and her forehead frown when she hears that word: “normal”. Here is why.
…and the results they deliver. The truth can set you free, but it will piss you off first…
To be able to compete, meet customers’ wishes and win, the development of cultural agility is a must. crossculture2go Coach Eva Gaborikova shows how to support leaders and teams to successfully work within and between multiple different cultural contexts and locations.
crossculture2go Coach Cheryl Obal found that it is pretty uncommon in Northern Italy to have small talk with strangers. Very different from the US, where total strangers talk to you wherever you go. That is why personal introductions are absolutely crucial to doing business successfully in Italy.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing our global business world. While initially a firefighting response might have been all you could think of, now is the time to find ways to ultimately manage the new normal.
crossculture2go Coach Eva Gaborikova shows how to “warm up” relationships and cooperation during virtual team meetings. (part 2)
Occasionally, even the most global-savvy among us might feel displaced – geographically or culturally. And this imbalance can affect all facets of our lives, from personal relationships to career performance. Our coach Kalaivani Mattern believes that there are myriad ways to turn that unease around. Read about her approach “Here and Home” when supporting her expat clients.
Our Business Coach for Germany Andra Riemhofer explores the pitfalls international companies face when entering the German market. And of course she knows what you can do better than the big names!
Why global management decisions like shorter product-development cycles or open office space can quickly fall apart if not translating well from one business culture to another.
The right choice of a conversational topic contributes to a mutual understanding and building trust necessary for business negotiations and cooperations. Our coach Eva Gaborikova explores how small talk can influence the outcome of business in different countries.
“They say “yes” but don’t keep the agreement” or “When we meet, we do not discuss business”. These and many other sentences our coach Eva Gaborikova hears very often when her Central European clients talk about working with Chinese partners.
Some of the world’s most successful business leaders have relied on business coaching during their steep careers. But in today’s virtual world, business coaching really is accessible to everyone – and most beneficial when dealing with the many challenges of global business life.
Justin (55), originally from Romania, has been living and working in Saudi Arabia for 8 years. While he travelled across the world and started from scratch, he didn’t reprofile, but he stayed in his field, and now works as an assistant professor at a state university. We asked him about the transition and his experiences and challenges, both professional and personal.
How can we English native speakers derive maximum benefit when we communicate with non-native speakers, leading to successful business deals and strong partnerships? (part 2)
Sometimes in a room full of non-native English speakers, everyone understands each other apart from when a native English speaker starts talking! (part 1)
Having lived in ten countries and five U.S. states, our coach Megan Norton describes herself as a Global Nomad and Adult Third Culture Kid. COVID-19 has forced her to stay longer than anticipated in a community where she is now observing how certain cultural values are exposed in this time of crisis.
In our previous article we discussed how each society has its very own way of coping. Now we want to focus on the individual aspects of coping with an entirely unknown situation that seemingly found us out of nowhere.
The fact that inclusion specialists, intercultural trainers and professionals educated in intercultural competence have long emphasized: that we are not the same, has now become more than visible for literally everyone literally everywhere.
It is very hard to behave against your beliefs since they influence nearly everything you think and do. crossculture2go Coach Silke Irmscher shows what impact culture has on us and why people still put themselves at risk in times of COVID-19.
Why is social distancing so hard for some? And why can showing solidarity negate social distancing? crossculture2go Coach Kalaivani Mattern explores what individuals can do to help during this time of global crisis.
We have been forced into this situation of remote working and virtual collaboration overnight. crossculture2go Coach Kalaivani Mattern explores how we can adapt to this new reality?
In today’s globalized world, diversity is an important part of the workplace and benefits organizations in many ways. At the same time, we need to be mindful of the different needs and experiences that come with having a diverse workforce.