Welcome! My name is Joost Thissen and I am an Interculturalist. Here I share columns and insights for those of us who work in culturally diverse and global workplaces.
Rather than fitting in, expatriats should prepare for readiness: reflect on personal traits and develop the level of cultural competence to be able to better manage the complexities of cultural challenges.
CULTURAL COLUMN – About an International Sales Manager who got stuck in the honeymoon phase: why Culture shock can help to recognise cultural differences and provides opportunities to develop cultural competence to close the cultural gaps.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Cultural differences cannot be summarised as a magic list of “Do’s and Don’ts at work”. It can actually cost you business and your integrity – often without your knowledge. Investing in exploring the underlying drivers to cultural behaviour will have the leading edge.
CULTURAL COLUMN. Strategies to deal with culture at work: to accommodate, to avoid, to dominate, to compromise or to synergies to overcome cultural challenges.
CULTURAL COLUMN – To benefit from cultural diversity, multicultural organisations invest in developing intercultural competence: it prevents staff turnover and communication breakdown.
FROM THE LITERATURE. Acculturation strategies applied to new migrants to societies and to culturally diverse staff in organisations.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Successful knowledge transfer across cultures will need to take culturally diverse learning styles across countries and cultures and personalities into consideration.
CULTURAL COLUMN – organisations need to invest in building and maintaining high levels of trust in cross cultural business as this correlates positively with innovation, competitive advantage, support for change and increased productivity.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Cultural awareness is the first step in understanding how culture impacts behaviour, while cultural competence is required to close the culture gaps between culturally diverse people.