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People doing business internationally, working abroad, business travellers, expats, coaches & consultants and all fans of crosscultural skills around the world: this is the blog for you! Read about successful global business, international careers, countries and cultures! The crossculture2go Blog is ranked in the Top 100 Business Coach Websites at Feedspot.

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Crosscultural Communication

Mastering Crosscultural Communication

Navigating safely through the perils of crosscultural communication barriers is like wading through deep waters. It is smarter to use life jackets in the form of ongoing crosscultural coaching than simply to wade in armed only with hope.

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Crosscultural Skills

Protocol vs Cross-cultural Competence

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.

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Intellectual Obesity
Learning

Intellectual Obesity

While the brain is full, fat and happy, your results are still the same. Nothing changed. This is a typical phenomenon I have seen so many times in the field of leadership and coaching.

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Agile Coach
Coaching

What is the Mission of an Agile Coach?

As an agile coach, crossculture2go expert Eva Gaborikova sees her mission in encouraging team members and their leaders to embrace agile approaches and equip them with knowledge and tools to develop their own agile mindset. 

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Working internationally

Small Talk, Networks, And The Beautiful Life In Italy

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.

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Working internationally

How To Gamify Team-building In Virtual Teams

We miss social interactions and having pleasant chats with friends and relatives. Therefore, crossculture2go Coach Eva Gaborikova shows how to gamify team-building in virtual teams to support each other in a positive way. (part 3)

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Expat Life

Here And Home – How Expats Can Feel At Home Anywhere

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.

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Communication

Can Small Talk Influence The Success Of Negotiations?

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.

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Coaching

Why Online Business Coaching Really Is For Everyone

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.

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Interview

Flexibility, Authority, Obedience

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.

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Working internationally

“I Thought It Was Clear!”

crossculture2go coach Silke Irmscher illustrates why there is no common sense in crosscultural business communication. Read her 4 essential tips what to do when things are quite unclear!

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Culture

How US-American Cultural Values Are Exposed During COVID-19

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.

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Around the world

What New Blood Can Gain From Old Tricks

There are certain skills in life that are considered elementary, that everyone must master them, however, nobody is perfect and there are certain times when you learn something at a slower rate compared to others.

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Culture

How Hard It Is To Change – Even If You Have To

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.

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Expat Life

What About The Bitter Expat?

Frustration is usually built up by the constant not meeting of expectations. And this can happen easily and often when you find yourself in a new place. Let’s look into it, what else makes the “bitter expat”?

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Interview

And If You Are Crazy Enough …

Sabrina (27), originally from Sweden, is now working in Budapest as a localization manager and a yoga teacher – both of which are about the ability of constant adaptation, flexibility and strength.

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Expat Life

Expats, Keep In Touch!

The dreading of emails, texts, chat and phone calls: this is one thing that almost every expat I talked to, mentioned at some point. And it is what I also felt almost a year into my new life after moving.

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Expat Life

Existential Migration

Unlike all the different sorts of forced migration, or simple wanderlust, existential migration has its roots in a deeper, existential need for the feeling of freedom.

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Crosscultural Skills

Be There Or Be Square

So, my mother’s story goes like this: it was a lovely, warm summer evening and they were waiting for the famous yellow tram in Lisbon. The sign said that it was expected to arrive in seven minutes.

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Expat Life

Expats Share Your Stories!

Why you should go out there, and start talking, share all the expat stories that run on and on in your head, without judging and/or censoring them. And listen to anyone who is willing to share theirs.

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