Cultural Insights Blog - Joost Thissen
CULTURAL COLUMN – Cultural competence development is a invaluable professional investment to understand the impact of culture on trust in effective global virtual teams.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Managers of culturally diverse teams need intercultural leadership skills to understand the differences in expectations from egalitarian and hierarchical cultures and the impact on preferred management style.
CULTURAL COLUMN – We need to identify the skills and competencies that make the difference between a translator and a culturally competent translator.
CULTURAL COLUMN – The bamboo or cultural ceiling are seen as the barriers that keep those of Asian and other cultural background away from the highest levels of leadership in business and the law. A higher than average turn over of culturally diverse staff seems to be the high price to pay.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Being culturally knowledgeable about what to expect and skilled in dealing with cultural different practices before you embark on international sales expeditions can help becoming successful and close more deals
CULTURAL COLUMN – Insights into cultural differences cannot be summarised as a magic list of “Do’s and Don’ts”. It can actually cost you business and your integrity – often without your knowledge. Differences between cultures are often subtle but can have major consequences for business relationships.
CULTURAL COLUMN – We have invested valuable time and money implementing management concepts across cultures without taking culture into account. We might also not realise that we actually undermine the effectiveness of our organisations.
CULTURAL COLUMN – People rarely realise that culture impacts preferred action and time systems and this guides perceived efficient behaviour across cultures.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Recognising that staff, clients or partners might differ in skin colour, race, religion, accents and language fluency is simply not enough information on which to design an effective cultural training program.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Organisations and outsourcers who understand cultural differences and the impact on the work relationships by developing cultural competence of their staff are reaping the benefits.