Cultural Insights Blog
CULTURAL COLUMN – Improved cultural awareness and understanding provides virtual team members with the ability to put in place a workable structure for their conference calls and design the appropriate communication practices that would be suitable to, and comfortable for all cultures involved in future calls.
CULTURAL COLUMN – We need to identify the skills and competencies that make the difference between a translator and a culturally competent translator. The translator’s ability to culturally interpret and adjust a text for use in a different culture, keeping in mind the intended outcome.
CULTURAL COLUMN – The way we perceive time is part of our cultural make-up; it makes us feel comfortable and helps us understand what is going on. Dealing with people who have a preference for another approach to time can make us feel uneasy and frustrated.
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 – Managers of culturally diverse teams need cross cultural leadership skills which enables them to understand the differences in expectations from egalitarian and hierarchical cultures and the impact on preferred management style.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Different cultures have very different ideas as to how rules, morals, and laws should be applied causing much cross-cultural surprise, confusion and frustration.
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 – For personal development to be effectively addressed in training sessions, participants need to be actually motivated to acquire new skills and to act in a more culturally appropriate way.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Across cultures the concept of ‘face’ is misunderstood: it is a measure of one’s personal status, good name, and good character. Face keeps relationships intact, it maintains group harmony and it promotes group solidarity. But it can also be ‘lost’.