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 – Relatedness is a must for effective information sharing in high performing global teams, and cultural factors can negatively impact different expectations of team members.
CULTURAL COLUMN – Humour is culturally influenced and you better be aware of it before using your favourite joke. It might just cost you the deal…
FROM THE LITERATURE. CQ facilitates the transformation process of an international assignment experience into a global mindset.
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 – The concept of ‘Face’ is differently understood across cultures. Being able to effectively practice ‘saving Face’ and raising people’s social standing and self worth seems to produce much better long-term business outcomes across cultures.
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 – Different cultures have very different ideas as to how rules, morals, and laws should be applied causing much cross-cultural surprise, confusion and frustration.